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2018 NSNC Column Writing Contest Begins Soon!

Does Winning Make a Difference? By Suzette Standring NSNC Executive Director Get ready! The NSNC Column Writing Contest is coming up and national bragging rights could be yours. Eight categories, 36 ways to place, and cash prizes!  A specially designed NSNC Winner’s Badge is given to all winners for personal website posting. Your frustrations were…

November Offers Writers Productivity, Poultry

President’s Message By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President Unless you plan to spend the entire month writing your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, November is the best time to finish those literary projects that never seem to get done. You know, the manuscript that you started years ago that is buried in your document files. Or…

Connie Schultz to Receive the 2018 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award

By Dave Astor NSNC Archivist The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is proud to announce that our 2018 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is…Connie Schultz! Ms. Schultz – the much-admired, widely read 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary – will receive the award during the NSNC’s June 7-10, 2018, conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. When…

Now Accepting Submissions

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is pleased to announce we are now accepting article submissions from NSNC members for our monthly newsletter and website. If you’re not a member, become one. Read the full guidelines and see what themes we’d like to highlight in our Editorial Calendar. We feel strongly that writers should be compensated…

2018 NSNC CINCINNATI CONFERENCE SITE SELECTED

By Suzette Martinez Standring Next year, the City of Seven Hills will be easy on our bills! The NSNC is happy to announce that our 2018 conference will be held at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati, 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219.  Mark your calendars for Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2018. The special…

Maureen Dowd Accepts Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award

    On Saturday, June 10, 2017 Maureen Dowd of the New York Times received the 2017 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The event was part of the NSNC’s annual conference held at the Manchester Radisson in New Hampshire. Lisa Smith Molinari is the 2017 president and Mike…

Young Columnist’s Parody Wins Society’s Mystic Tie

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, June 10, 2017 — College humor columnist Archer Parquette penned a farcical story — on deadline — to win the 2017 Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Mystic Tie is one of two NSNC contests where entries are gathered and judged within the conference, this year’s…

Sitting Duck Award NSNC17

  President Donald Trump’s volcanic Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has won this year’s “Sitting Duck Award” from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. “It was a landslide,” said NSNC President Lisa Smith Molinari, “at least in the NSNC Electoral College.” The society gives this award annually to the person or subject that is the easiest subject…

Announcing NSNC 2017 Column Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations! Category A: General Interest, print over 50,000 circulation First Place:  Helen Ubinas, Philadelphia Daily News Second Place: Mike Newall, Philadelphia Media Network Third Place: Jesse Rifkin, Boxoffice Magazine, USA Today, LA Times Category B: Humor, print, over 50,000 circulation First Place:  Irv Erdos, San Diego Union Tribune Second Place:  Leah Eskin, Chicago Tribune Third…

Dave Lieber to Receive 2017 Legacy Award

By Bill Tammeus   From the time Dave Lieber first showed up at a National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference – in 1993 in Portland – wishing he were a columnist, he has been an indispensable source of NSNC’s energy, innovative ideas, and inspiration. Which makes him an obvious selection to receive the society’s Legacy Award.…

What’s to Know About Manchester, NH

By Mike Morin Conference Chair Spiny cockleburs put Manchester on the map. Chances are you use the product inspired by the annoying burs that stick to your clothes while hiking. Velcro was born out of the hook and loop configuration of spiny cockleburs. So thank Swiss engineer George de Mestral and New Hampshire every time…

Nonfiction Conference Offers Columnists Discount

The sixth annual Nonfiction Writers Conference will be May 4-6, 2016. This is a virtual (online) event featuring 15 speakers over the three days. The NWC is offering members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists a special 30 percent-off discount code. It is NSNC30. When you register at the conference website, enter NSNC30 where…

Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts Jr.

By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Leonard Pitts Jr. has been chosen to receive the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. The widely syndicated columnist will be presented the honor on June 25 at the NSNC’s annual conference in Los Angeles — a fitting locale given that…

Molinari Named NSNC Vice President

Lisa Smith Molinari, whose “Meat & Potatoes of Life” column appears weekly in civilian and military newspapers across the country, is the new vice president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. “Lisa brings more to the table than meat and potatoes,” NSNC President Jerry Zezima said of Molinari, who had been an at-large board…

Judith Martin 2015 Lifetime Achievement Recipient for ‘Miss Manners’

Judith Martin, who writes the Miss Manners column

Judith Martin, known to newspaper readers around the world as Miss Manners, will receive the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The award will be presented at the NSNC’s 2015 conference, which will run from June 25-28 in Indianapolis. Martin has been writing her popular advice column since 1978.…