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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.…

Update: Clarence Page Speech Questioned

Chicago Tribune masthead

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 — Syndicated political columnist Clarence Page, based at the Chicago Tribune, is under fire for giving a speech, having accepted a fee, at a event in France supporting an Iranian group that the U.S. State Department terms a terrorist organization. Page is the 2007 recipient of the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement…

Update: Second Serial Plagiarist Accused

Polygraph Letter Copier Jefferson Used

By Ben Pollock President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Updates on the topic follow the article, including: “Suspected Plagiarist Resigns” George Waters Longtime NSNC member George Waters, having read recently about a newspaperman stealing columns from a number of humor writers, “Googled” some of own better lines and found he was paid the compliment of…

Online News Association Opens 2012 Contest

Online News Association

On Monday (May 21), the Online News Association, journalists.org, opened its annual contest, according to its executive director, Jane McDonnell. ONA has a category for commentary, with three subcategories: Small, Media and Large websites, as well as a Student contest. The size differences, and all of the rules, are on a separate rules page. Rather…

2012 Scholars Named (updated)

Update: The judge wishes to add three students for recognition. The winners of the 2012 Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation were announced over the weekend. Jesse Rifkin First place and a $1,000 scholarship goes to Jesse Rifkin, a sophomore majoring in journalism and political science at…

E-Books and the Future of Print

Laptops, smartphones, tablets, ebook readers etc.

May in Macon, the 36th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, has added a session on electronic books to its schedule. 2-2:45 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012 — Turning the Page: E-Books and the Future of Print, with David Cassady, president of Faithlab, and Marc Jolley, director of Mercer University Press. David…

Contest Finalists for 2012

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By Mike Deupree NSNC Contest Chair The annual writing contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is over. The judges have labored long and hard. The decisions have been made. And the winners are … Going to be announced in about a month. The suspense won’t end until the awards banquet Saturday, May 5,…

O’Connor – Scripps Howard Finalist

Brian J. O’Connor, The Detroit News, was named a finalist in commentary in the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards, honors the best work in the communications industry and journalism education. O’Connor was Chair of the NSNC Annual Conference last year in Detroit and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. The Scripps Howard…

Humor and Politics Mix at Macon

I Love Macon

By Ed Grisamore The (Macon) Telegraph NSNC 2012 Conference Chair Column writers attending the 36th annual NSNC Conference in Macon, Ga., May 3-6 will find a lively mix of humor and politics, served up Southern style A special guest will be Dedra Grizzard, widow of the late, great humorist Lewis Grizzard. She is expected to…

Nationwide Theft of Humor Columns Exposed

Former North Dakota Newspaper Association President and Newspaper Owner Jon Flatland Exposed in Wide-ranging Theft of Humor Columns from Across the Country An alert to NSNC members. Updates to the Memminger report follow his article. By Charles Memminger March 8, 2012 A few weeks ago, humor and travel writer Dave Fox was Googling some of…

What to Do After a Tornado Strikes Your Town

By Don McNay, NSNC member Author, ‘Wealth Without Wall Street: A Main Street Guide to Making Money’   “where do broken hearts go” -Whitney Houston I was lucky.    I’ve had tornadoes go directly over my house,  on two different days last week,  and not touch down. Many of my neighbors in Kentucky and surrounding states…

Jeff Zaslow Columnist Scholarship Announced

Spirit of Detroit

Jeff Zaslow, photo courtesy of Indiana University Columnists, indeed journalists and all of America, lost a strong voice with the death on Feb. 10 of Jeffrey Zaslow, best-selling author and “Moving On” columnist of The Wall Street Journal. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation now honors Zaslow by naming its scholarship program after…