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‘Forever’ Advice From 2005 Pyle Winner Pete Hamill

This is the 13th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Two things columnists should avoid: “You can’t hurt anybody who can’t…

The Interview, R.I.P.

by Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Like you, I have many books on my shelf about writing. One that I loved when I was starting out 40 years ago is about the art of the interview. It’s a dying…

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…

Have Questions? Ask Alex.

Do you ever wish you had a mentor to give you advice about the business? Sure, we have the Columnist Clubhouse as a place where anyone can go to gather, share and offer support. Of course, you can always post…

PyleWinners Steve Lopez’s 2004 Pyle Appearance Preceded His 2016 LA Appearance

This is the 12th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Twelve years before columnist Steve Lopez gave a memorably seriocomic speech…

Old Man to host Alex in 2017

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists There is a steep granite cliff among the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire, where, for many years, the glacier-sculpted profile of “the Old Man of the Mountain” looked out…

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…

Honoree, Helper, and Hawaiian Shirt Bidder

This is the 10th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists When Chuck Stone received our Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in…

Vice President

Mike Morin

Since leaving his 43-year radio career the day before the NSNC’s Washington conference two years ago, Mike Morin has made it his mission in life to reinvent himself. He still writes a column and magazine features, and he lectures frequently…

Sitting Duck Award for 2016 – It’s Huuuuuuge!

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has given its 2016 Sitting Duck Award to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. “Much like in the Republican primaries this year, the columnists’ vote for Trump was no contest,” said NSNC president Lisa Smith…

NSNC Conference, Anywhere, U.S.A.

by Maggie Van Ostrand NSNC Member NSNC conferences are a whole lotta fun,  full of great information and advice, and not to be missed. But what they don’t tell you when registration time rolls around again can be the most…