Tag: National Columnists Day

Prison Diaries Writer Finds Camaraderie at NSNC Annual Conference

By Chandra Bozelko Prison Diaries became the first regular, inmate-written byline in 2012. Consider that: with the wealth of knowledge and stories that incarcerated people have, no one gave even one of them a regular byline in a news publication until well into the 21st century. Sure, inmates published here and there, but a regular spot…

It’s Not Novel That Some Novelists Have Also Written Columns Astor

By Dave Astor NSNC Archivist   Some writers have been columnists AND novelists. You’re probably aware of a few who’ve done both, while the names of others may surprise you. Let’s go alphabetically, shall we?   Iconic science-fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote or edited an astounding 500-plus books during his career, yet also found time…

Nat’l Columnists’ Day: Across Many Miles

As seen in Stars and Stripes, 4/17/12   By Terri Barnes NSNC Member and Military Wife   His was the first biography I ever read — at least the first one that had real chapters and more words than pictures. I was in the fifth grade, and I have not forgotten the story of his…

National Columnists’ Day – Another Ernie Story

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram   No matter what crevice of Ernie Pyle’s life you look into, you find something interesting, honest and authentically American. His real name was Ernest, after all. April 18 marks the 18th annual celebration of the NSNC’s National Columnists Day, a project former NSNC President Bill Tammeus and I…

What Would Ernie Do?

Ed Grisamore, Columnist at The Telegraph (Macon, GA), 2012 Conference Chair and winner of the 2010 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, wrote this column for National Columnists’ Day. What Would Ernie Do? | Macom.com By Ed Grisamore, The Telegraph Today is National Columnists Day, a day usually reserved for newspaper columnists to write a column about…

April 18 – National Columnists’ Day

A historic picture of the original grave site of Ernie Pyle, famous World War II columnist and news journalist, surfaced recently on Facebook. It shows a long trench-like grave site where Pyle was originally laid to rest among other fallen soldiers. An unidentified soldier pays final respects in a place as simple and honest as Pyle’s writing and as bleak as…

National Columnists’ Day – April 18

Ernie Pyle

By Sheila Moss Web Editor Tom Curley, president and CEO of the Associated Press, recently said that journalists need reasonable access to battlefields to provide the public a realistic view of what is happening in Afghanistan and other war zones.  Curley’s speech kicked off a conference on war and journalism at the University of Kentucky.…

Could Ernie Pyle’s work fly on the internet?

You, the columnist By Dave Lieber davelieber.org A little disgusted is how I feel when I read these words from Time magazine book reviewer Lev Grossman about how writers are going to have to write differently for people who read their work on cell phones or who can’t focus too long on one subject:  …

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…

National Columnists’ Day

Dave Lieber

As seen in Fort Worth-Star Telegram – April 18, 1998 Hero teaches lesson, but not about writing  By Dave Lieber, Columnist, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  Columnists across America this weekend are writing about National Columnists Day, a fun quasi holiday in which they honor Ernie Pyle, the great columnist who was killed 53 years ago yesterday…