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Detroit 2011: Some of Its Greatest Hits

By Brian O’Connor 2011 Conference Chair   Now that we’ve selected Detroit to host the 2011 conference*, Motown is preparing a selection of its greatest hits.   While dates haven’t been set and all plans are subject to change (your mileage may vary, as the Big Three say), the city that put the world on…

NSNC & Members in the News

The July 2010 Columnists Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington. Reports on speakers, contests, field trips etc. are on this page. We welcome more, via the contact form. How Newspaper Columnists Learn About Sex Laurence Cohen & Gina Barreca | Courant.com …when you see all the little kids tweeting and texting and Internet-involved, they’re keeping detailed…

Destination Detroit

Before columns are written and published, before suitcases are unpacked, before the adrenalin  quits pumping from the fabulous Bloomington Conference, Brian O’Connor, newly elected Conference Chair, is already beginning to make plans for us to visit his exciting city in 2011. He has big shoes to fill after Mike Leonard, but appears to be up to the challenge.…

Dr. Debra Herbenick, Kinsey Institute

  On This Soft Anvil By Terry Marotta, NSNC Member Exit Only Blog I was saying yesterday how organizations change when there get to be more women than men in them and at first I thought that’s why my fellow columnists behaved so well when Dr. Debra Herbenick came to speak at our annual conference.…

Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Political satirist Rick Horowitz leads NSNC members in a bit of fun and frivolity at the Bloomington Conference. You could bet that this was going to show up on YouTube…  Participants: Samantha Bennett, Bonnie Squires, Laura Snyder, Suzette Standring, Stu Bykofsky,  Sheila Stroup, Bill Tammeus, Mike Leonard and song leader, Mike Horowitz. YouTube Video Terry Marotta…

Mike Leonard Welcome to Bloomington

UPDATE:  See comments on the article and Audio of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly slamming Mike Leonard and IU researchers at a past conference. As Dave Lieber was overheard saying at the Conference, “How often do we get welcomed to a city on the front page of the local?” Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., Mike Leonard column: My…

Awards, Ernie Pyle, and Tibetan Center highlight day

Ernie Pyle was an alumnus of Indiana University.  Columnists heard authorities on Pyle’s work speak on appreciating the work of the famous correspondant.  . . . . . Conference attendees visited the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington where they ate traditional Tibetan food and met Arjia Rinpoche, Director of the Center and author. .…

34th Annual Conference Opens

NSNC President Samantha Bennett opens the conference. “Yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks…with enough treats.” says Sam. (left photo) . . . . . Derek Wilson, a senior at Ball State University who took First Place in the NSNC Student Scholarship Contest, is presented with the college scholarship and first prize of $1000…

Indiana Governor proclaims Columnists Days

Indiana Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. has officially proclaimed “Columnists Days” in Indiana in recognition of the 34th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.  The proclamation reads:    WHEREAS, columnists are a vital part of the news media, and they also make significant contributions to their communities and to the journalism profession…

“Kick Ass” Author at Columnists Conference

Thanks to President Obama, the expression “kick ass” (or variations thereof) has come off the street and into mainstream news coverage.  Headline writers and TV news readers were freed from restraint after the president told Matt Lauer of the Today show he was talking to experts to find answers about the Gulf oil spill “so…

West Baden Springs Hotel setting of new novel

So sweet the success: www.heraldtimesonline.com (Used by Permission) Local author leaps from writing successful mystery novels to the supernatural By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com 6/6/2010 By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com 6/6/2010 WEST BADEN — Michael Koryta’s sixth published novel, “So Cold the River,” represents a bold and dramatic departure for the Bloomington author.…

Hiaasen Lifetime Achievement Winner

Carl Hiaasen to receive 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award By Mike Leonard 2010 Conference Chair   Carl Hiaasen of The Miami Herald has been named the recipient of the 2010 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Hiaasen will receive his award at the annual NSNC conference to be staged this…

Lieber: “I’ll Never Forget”

Dave Lieber

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber NSNC Education Foundation Secretary      I was cleaning out the office the other day and came across my notes from my very first NSNC conference in Portland, Oregon in 1993. I remember it like yesterday. (Cliché alert!)    I wasn’t a columnist when I arrived, but was one…

Distinguished Author on Conference Panel

James Alexander Thom

James Alexander Thom is an author best known for his novels of historical fiction.  A graduate of the Journalism School at Butler University, he has been the business editor of the Indianapolis Star, the senior editor of the Saturday Evening Post, and was on the journalism faculty at Indiana University.  After authoring a dozen works of historical…

Election 2010 – NSNC Officers

Each year half of the officers on the NSNC Board of Directors are elected at the annual general membership meeting.  It will be held at the close of the 2010 Conference in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday, July 11.   This year the offices to be filled are: President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor, Web Editor, and…

Wanted: Future Conference Hosts

Host the conference next year? Year after that? The NSNC Board of Directors is accepting bids for future conferences. If you think you would like to host the annual meeting in 2011 or 2012, step right up. But first, know what the job entails. Under the NSNC bylaws, the conference chair is an elective position,…

Making money

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist WatchdogNation.com    [The following is an abridged version of Dave’s talk at the 2009 Ventura conference.]      Originally, this workshop was going to be called “How to have the best writing year of your life.” Then as the economy crashed, we billed this as “Keeping your columnist…