Category: Newsroom

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Update: Clarence Page Speech Questioned

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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

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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

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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…

Jeff Zaslow Dies in Auto Accident

By Sheila Moss, NSNC WebEditor It is with great sadness that we report the death of beloved journalist, NSNC colleague and friend, Jeff Zaslow, 53, Wall Street Journal.  Jeff died tragically on Friday morning, February 10th, in a traffic accident when his car skidded on ice and snow and collided with a semi. A Philadelphia…

New Member: America’s Oldest Columnist

The newest member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is a peppy Vermont woman believed to be America’s oldest columnist. Harriette B. Leidich of North Bennington, VT is approaching her 100th birthday but still turning out columns for her local newspaper. A contributing columnist for the daily Bennington (VT) Banner for the past 16…

Freedom of the Seas: NSNC Opposes Online Piracy Bills

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January 18 – Internet Blackout Day – Web users protest SOPA & PIPA – Cite censorship and online freedom of expression concerns Some websites are blacked out to protest proposed legislation For the day today, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, a wide variety of associations, websites, prominent individuals, and online corporations and Internet nonprofits have either…

Gail Collins Named Lifetime Achievement Winner

Columnist Gail Collins of The New York Times is the winner of the 2012 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. She will receive the prestigious award sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists at the organization’s annual conference, Macon, Ga., May 3-6. Gail Collins joined the Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial…

Roger Ebert’s Honors Continue

Roger Ebert was recently honored by Chicago Magazine as a 2011 Chicagoan of the Year for his “journal and life itself.” Ebert was the first place winner for two consecutive years in the Blog Category of the NSNC Column-Writing contest. At the Detroit Conference, he was presented with our Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest…

Best Columns of 2011, According to Facebook

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We have a winner. Actually two. These two columnists were the overwhelming choice of a few hundred Facebook account holders. Not a tie, definitely a first and second, though. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists and NSNC member John Avlon (co-editor of this year’s popular anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns) sponsored a straw…