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Columnists and Bloggers Welcome

Join or renew HERE. Whether you write for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, trade journals or other periodicals or for radio or TV or create digital content, or manage your own blog … whether you’re on staff, a freelancer, syndicated, self-syndicated or independent, we invite you to join the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

We heartily encourage membership by online and multimedia columnists, bloggers and similar Web reporters, commentators, analysts, humorists and essayists.

We welcome retired or former columnists, journalism scholars and collegian columnists. Not least, NSNC is the ideal group for novice writers in our genre.

Membership Benefits

  • Discounted Annual Conference Registration
  • Discounted Annual Contest Entry Free (the membership pays for itself when you enter two categories.)
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Ability to submit on-topic articles for publication in our newsletter and on our website. Guidelines HERE
  • Opportunity to get advice from senior columnists through our Ask Alex Column
  • Ability to announce new publications and successes in the Columnist News section of our newsletter
  • Fun in the Columnist Clubhouse on Facebook
  • Name and blog or publication listed on our website
  • All the camaraderie you can handle!


CLICK HERE to join or renew online — renewing members, this is an opportunity to update your information. If you have a promotional discount code, use this link and enter the code where indicated.


Postal Mail

Complete the membership application online, print it out and mail it with a check made payable to NSNC to:


205 Gun Hill Street
Milton, MA  02186


Renewing members: Filling in this online application each year allows you to bring contact information and other details current. Thanks.

— Save Money! Select Automatic Membership Renewal & Save $5 ($45) – click button below

Note: If you are joining or renewing online using a credit card, you will be automatically directed to the PayPal site as part of the online application process.  Please do not click on one of the buttons below. You will be charged twice if you do.

If you have questions, please use the Contact Form or phone (415) 488-NSNC.

Here are reasons some people have given for belonging:

“Renewed because the NSNC is an excellent organization with wonderful people, and it has taught me a lot.”

“I’m choosing to renew because I value your commitment to the industry, and to helping the members, current and future, make their way through these tumultuous times. And you’re a fun bunch of folks to hang out with!”

“I find NSNC valuable, especially exchanging ideas with other columnists.”

“It’s financially reasonable. NSNC has great, creative (and fun) people.”

“NSNC is a valuable source of advice, and a morale boost.”

“I like to keep abreast of what’s happening and pick up tips from other writers.”

“The NSNC does a good job keeping columnists informed and educated about the realities of the business for today and tomorrow.”

“It’s great to have a networking and support group of people doing the same thing I do.”

“I want to enter the contest and go to the conference.”

National Society of Newspaper Columnists Privacy Policy

Thinking Columnist

Thinking Columnist — early NSNC logo

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is very concerned about the safety and security of our members. Online transactions are secured by PayPal Financial Services and subject to its User Agreement and Privacy Policy.  PayPal does not share your credit/debit card number with NSNC. If you fax or mail your credit/debit card number, it is not stored in any database. It is used only for the transaction you have requested.

We collect the personal information listed in the Membership Application for purposes of providing membership services.  The only information that is accessible to other NSNC members and to the public is your name and websites. If you do not wish to have this information accessible to other NSNC member or the public, you can opt out with the Contact Form.  If you have additional questions regarding your privacy, please write them to us on the Contact Form or phone (415) 488-NSNC.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of California. The NSNC promotes professionalism and camaraderie among columnists and other writers of the serial essay, including bloggers. NSNC advocates for columnists and free-press issues.

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