Category: President’s Message

The NSNC president’s newsletter column

Vacationing on Deadline: How NSNC’s Columnists Do It

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President As columnists who must meet strict deadlines, we know that one of the best ways to combat burnout is to take a vacation. It’s good for us to release ourselves from the looming pressures of our next writing assignments for a week or two. But let’s be honest –…

All Hail the Queen of the West! Cincinnati to Host #NSNC18

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President You may have recently unpacked from our wildly successful #NSNC17 conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, but mark your calendars again, because you’ll be traveling to the Midwest next spring!   In a unanimous vote on the final day of our June conference, NSNC’s general membership picked next year’s event…

Wanna Make More Dough? Podcasting’s on the Rise

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President The theme for this month’s NSNC Annual Conference – “Live Free and Write – But Not for Free” – was no afterthought. We all know that column writing is a craft, not a job; a form of art, not a task; a manifestation of expression, not a business. However,…

What’s the Buzz? $299 Conference Rate Extended to May 15th!

President’s Message By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President By now, you’ve seen the social media hubbub about #NSNC17 – the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2017 Annual Conference being held June 8-11 at the Downtown Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. The $299 reduced conference registration rate for NSNC members ended at midnight on April…

Learn to Earn More at #NSNC17

President’s Message By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists You open the mailbox, and there it is. The envelope is so thin, it seems almost empty. But you know exactly what’s inside. You run a fingernail under the sealed edge, pinch the contents with thumb and forefinger, and hold the precious instrument…

Feisty, Fresh and Fascinating: NYT’s Maureen Dowd to Receive NSNC’s Highest Honor

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists She’s been called “an antagonist of the White House,” “an equal opportunity faultfinder,” and “a striking redhead with a deceptively kittenish demeanor,” among other things. But no matter what you call Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the fact is, she is one…

Uncle Alex Wants YOU

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists   In the months leading up to the November 8th general election, there has been a lot of finger-pointing going on. But one particular finger has been pointing at us long before our current political candidates were using theirs to place blame. We all know…

NSNC Thrives With a Little Help From Friends

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I was just outside Mrs. Rowley’s kindergarten class, giggling uncontrollably. Dancing in the coat room was all Marshall’s idea. He was just a little guy, with a skin condition  and an odd personal aroma. But having been his table mate for months, I knew he…

Column-writing: “A whole lot of fun for the first week”

Lisa Smith Molinari

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Ever had one of those days when everything just falls into place? Yeah, me neither. The ever-increasing demands of the 21st Century have made time management more difficult for everyone, including columnists. Columnists no longer sit quietly in the air-conditioned comfort of their newspaper offices,…

President’s Message: The New Age of Freedom

Lisa Smith Molinari

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President The steamy scent of freshly cut grass. The rat-a-tat of a distant parade drummer. The squeal of barefoot children. The mouthwatering sizzle of hot dogs on a charcoal grill. The fizz of nearby sparklers. The THUNK! that signals an explosion of color in the night sky. Every July 4th,…

Cognac the Magnificent

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists During his 30-year reign as the king of late-night TV, “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson assumed the role of many characters in skits performed with sidekick Ed McMahon. One of his most popular was Carnac the Magnificent, the turbaned wise guy who would divine…

The Write Stuff

IBM Selectric II typewriter

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I knew I wanted to be a writer in high school. My decision could be encapsulated in one word: algebra. I was never very good in subjects that required me to know the answers. Algebra was the worst. I was always better in subjects…

A Big Draw

Faux streetsign of Hollywood at Sunset,, at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists (SCENE: The office of Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment in Beverly Hills, California. It’s noon. The door opens.) SECRETARY “Mr. Zezima is here to see you, Mr. Howard.” HOWARD “Who’s Mr. Zezima?” SECRETARY “That newspaper columnist who won the charity raffle to pitch his…

The Magnificent Seven Conferences

Hilton Hartford Hotel skyline postcard

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Life, goes an old saying, begins at 40. When I passed that milestone, which was easier than passing a kidney stone, I wondered: “Have I just wasted 39 years?” The answer: “Who the hell knows? But if life begins now, I am going to…

Funny Lady

Erma Bombeck

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Erma Bombeck was the mother of all humorists. Also the mother of three children, Erma had a legion of fans in women who identified with her funny take on what she called “the second-oldest profession.” But she didn’t appeal only to women. A lot…