Category: Annual Conference

News about our annual conference – check back for updates!

What Makes Good Columns Good?

Don Fry, writing coach and emeritus faculty member of The Poynter Institute, lectured on the factors that make columns accurate, complete and fair. Don Fry’s appearance was sponsored by the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau in order to make it possible to have a top expert in attendance. Fry said to always remember that good column…

Top Ten American Columns in History

DETROIT, Saturday, June 25, 2011 —  In a survey of columnists nationwide, the top American column in history was typed up by the late, great Ernie Pyle. Pyle’s “The Death of Captain Waskow” first was published Jan. 10, 1944, by his syndicate, Scripps Howard. John Avlon, senior political columnist for Newsweek-The Daily Beast, created the…

Awards Presented by NSNC

Dossion Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle was the site of Friday night dinner sponsored by Ford Motor Company for attendees of the 35th Annual Conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The Legacy Award was presented posthumously to Mike Harden of the Columbus Dispatch for his excellence as a columnist and many years…

Detroit Conference Opens

Ben Pollock, NSNC President, opened the conference following an early morning meeting of the Board of Directors. Yes, that’s a Detroit Tigers baseball cap he is wearing. Several panels convened to speak on various topics. A crusading columnists’ panel told us what it takes to go beyond your regular column to push for justice in…

Registration Opens at Detroit Conference

NSNC members began arriving and registration opened at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.  Some of the officers who arrived early were kept busy in the afternoon helping to assemble conference materials and stuff goody bags as Conference Chair, Brian O’Connor, took care of last minute conference details. President Ben Pollock personally worked at the registration table…

New York Times Touts Detroit

Seems the NSNC is not the only one re-discovering Detroit these days. No less than the New York Times is featuring travel articles about the city and how it is making a undiscovered comeback. While the rumors you heard about its decline were true, its demise has been exaggerated. And it is currently reinventing itself at an astonishing…

Hey, columnists! What’s your (writing) problem?

 Do your leads lack punch? Do your kickers fall flat? Or are you having trouble with that big bunch of words that goes in the middle of your column?  Get a personalized solution to vanquish whatever writing issues vex you, whether it’s writers’ block, making deadline or just getting your editors to cooperate. Renowned writing…

Rebound in Motown – Hitsville USA

Visitors to the 2011 Detroit Conference “Rebound In Motown” will see Barry Gordy’s two-story frame house where the musical magic happened on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard. Our private tour includes a glimpse of the famous Motown echo chamber and a studio visit where you can stand in the footsteps of Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder.…

Column about Detroit

By Susan Young susandyoung@hotmail.com The Observer The city of Detroit, or as Aretha Franklin pronounces it, “Day-Twah”, gets a much undeserved bum rap and might not be your choice of vacation destinations. However, my recent visit was a pleasant, safe and educational experience. We stayed in the core of the city at a renovated historical…

Cameron to Keynote Florida Conference

Check out the blog of Florida’s Writer’s Conference that quotes our columnists.com article about Bruce being selected for the Columnist of the Year Award. It’s great to see that Bruce will be the keynote speaker at this conference next October in Orlando. The photo is of Bruce Cameron and Suzette Standring, Past President of the National…

Bruce Cameron – Columnist of the Year

Syndicated columnist W. Bruce Cameron has been named 2011 Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Cameron, an award-winning humor writer, best-selling author and popular speaker, will be honored at the organization’s 35th annual conference, which is being held in Detroit June 23-26, 2011. In announcing the award, NSNC President Ben…

Detroit conference will make you smarter than Ryan Seacrest

The “American Idol” host told millions of viewers Wednesday night that Hitsville USA — the iconic Motown Music headquarters — is in the suburbs. But visitors to the 2011 “Rebound In Motown” NSNC conference will see for themselves that Barry Gordy’s two-story frame house where the musical magic happened is right on Detroit’s West Grand…

Board Discusses Conference Details

The major topic of discussion at the Sunday evening meeting of the Board of Directors was the upcoming conference in Detroit. Conference Chair Brian O’Connor of the Detroit News filled in the board on details in the works at the current time.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Rebound in Motown.” Along those lines, O’Connor…

Liz Pulliam Weston at Detroit Conference

Liz Pulliam Weston, author of several personal finance books, syndicated columnist and the most-read personal finance writer on the Web, will lead a panel on “Building Your Personal Brand” at the NSNC Annual Conference in Detroit. Liz has just published a new book and will include a stop at our conference as part of a…

Columnists Tap Ebert for Lifetime Achievement Award

Roger Ebert, 2011

DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 7, 2011 – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times movie columnist, author, television host and blogger, has been selected to receive the 2011 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. “As a small boy I read my aunt’s book of Ernie Pyle’s reporting, which makes his award even more…

New York Times Reviews 2011 Conference Hotel

The Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, site of the upcoming NSNC 2011 Conference, June 23-26, was recently the subject of a hotel review in the New York Times : When the Westin Book Cadillac opened in 1924, it was said to be the tallest hotel in the world. It flourished for decades before succumbed to…

Detroit Conference – June 23-26, 2011

Final touches have been put on the contract for the 2011 Columnists Conference in Detroit, scheduled for June 23-26 at the Westin Book-Cadillac. Make your reservation now. Room rate is $124 per night plus tax. Amenities will include discounted valet parking and free in-room Internet access. The discounted rate – the current charge to book…