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Story behind National Columnists Day

What is the story behind National Columnists Day? By Dave Lieber Secretary, NSNC Education Foundation Columnist, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Website: Yankee Cowboy The office memo changed the course of my writing life. Back in the 1980s, I was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Gene Roberts, the great editor, sent us a note…

President’s Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

By Samantha Bennett NSNC President      Hope you’re all getting registered and making your hotel and travel arrangements for the conference in Ventura! Now more than ever, we need our network and the professional advice that our speakers and panelists will provide.   I joined representatives of other groups at the Council of National Journalism Organizations’…

Shaberman has book published

Freelance writer Ben Shaberman of Baltimore has had a book published.  “The Vegan Monologues” is a collection of “humorous, intelligent and insightful essays on vegan life.”   The book explores the lighter side of the meat-free lifestyle.  Shaberman’s reflections will put a smile on the faces of vegans and omnivores alike.    Shaberman’s essays have appeared…

Casto Book on Ohio River Flood Is Released

 NSNC Education Foundation President Jim Casto has a new book out.  “The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937” is his 10th book and his fifth straight “Images of America” book for Arcadia Publishing.  The retired Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch associate editor is prolific to say the least. A review in the newspaper by Dave Lavender told…

Astor and Daughter Both Win Awards

Dave Astor, former Editor&Publisher senior editor who kicks off the 33rd annual NSNC conference with a panel discussion of “A New Generation of Columnists”, shared a second-place award in the annual New Jersey Press Association contest.  His weekly “Montclairvoyant” column helped The Montclair Times get that award in the best editorial section category.   Astor’s…

Keeping Your Columnist Voice Alive

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber NSNC Education Foundation Secretary      Every day seems more dire than the last. Layoffs. Buyouts. Farewell e-mails to the entire staff that break your heart.         For you, the columnist, the world is changing in a rush of history. A collision of forces beyond your control.      Yet a columnist’s…