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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.…

Post’s Weingarten 2014 Lifetime Achiever

'The Washington Post March' score, John Philip Sousa, 1889.

The guy who ‘discovered’ Dave Barry is a humor columnist, editor and Pulitzer-winning feature reporter. Twice. By Ben Pollock NSNC Director of Online Media Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten has accepted the nomination to be the 2014 recipient of the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Eric Heyl, president of the National Society…

Radio’s Mike Morin is 2013 Will Rogers Award Winner

New Hampshire Humorist’s Fundraising Called ‘Creative, Fun, Energetic and Incredibly Productive’ New Hampshire columnist and radio broadcaster Mike Morin, who has used his public forum to raise millions of dollars to help others is being recognized as this year’s winner of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. He will receive the honor at the 37th annual…

Reflections on Marathon Monday

Boston Marathon 2013

Members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists felt the shock, anger and sadness from the attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two bombs exploded within seconds of each other at 2:50 p.m. EDT near the Boylston Street finish line, killing three people and injuring at least 170, The Boston…

Nominations Open for 2013 Will Rogers Award

Will Rogers typing

Robert Haught, longtime coordinator of the NSNC’s Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, has announced nominations now are being accepted for this year. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 1, 2013, with the honoree notified by May 1, 2013. The recipient will be honored at the NSNC annual conference, this year to be June 27-30, in…

Set of Year’s Best Columns Boasts 5 NSNC’ers

John Avlon, an award-winning member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, today published his list of the best columns of 2012 in his running column in The Daily Beast. The dozen include a piece by Dave Barry, the 2013 winner of NSNC’s Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award (and Avlon slipped in a second link…

Newtown Shootings Inspire Columns, Blogs

A bit after 9 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 14, heavily armed 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into Shady Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. Earlier, he killed his mother at their home. The guns he took to the school were registered to…

Conference Moves to Hartford; Astor New Vice President

Downtown Hartford, Conn.

The board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists voted unanimously at its Sept. 10, 2012, online chatroom meeting to move its 2013 conference from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Hartford, Conn. The weekend for the convention remains the same, June 27-30, and humor columnist Dave Barry still is to be there to accept the year’s…

Mercer’s Collaborative Journalism Gets Times Profile

Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University

A major highlight of this year’s columnists conference, “Macon Whoopee,” was a first-hand accounting of the creation of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University in the Georgia city. Word is spreading on how Mercer’s journalism and media studies department now is in the same building cluster on campus as Macon’s daily Telegraph newsroom…

NSNC President Larry Cohen Dies

Larry Cohen, NSNC 2012-14 president, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, of a heart attack in Florida. He was 64. He had been elected May 6 by unanimous vote at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, in Macon, Ga. Laurence D. Cohen joined the NSNC in 1996 and had experience in government,…

Members Write about Aurora Shooting

Colorado map

As the country mourns the tragic shooting in a movie theater early Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., we’re also trying to think it through. Twelve people died and 58 were injured in the shooting at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie; a lone gunman is suspected. We’re all talking about it.…