Columnists’ Group Announces Its Annual Award Winners

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By: Dave Astor

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) has announced the winners of its 2008 writing contest.

Below is the list provided to E&P.

— General-interest columns (for newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation):

1st — Susan Campbell, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant

2nd — David Gifels, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

3rd — Bob Dyer, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

Honorable Mention — Ronnie Polaneczky, The Philadelphia Daily News

— Humor columns (for newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation):

1st — Lynn Yaeger, The Village Voice, New York City

2nd — Bill Ervolino, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

3rd — Brian O’Connor, The Detroit News

Honorable Mention — Elmer Smith, The Philadelphia Daily News

Honorable Mention — Daniel Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer

— General-interest columns (for newspapers with less than 100,000 circulation):

1st — Cindy Lang Kubick, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star

2nd — Bob Welch, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

3rd — James Smart, Intercounty Newspaper Group, Philadelphia area

Honorable Mention — John Hourihan, the Connecticut Post, Bridgeport

— Humor columns (for newspapers with less than 100,000 circulation):

1st — Robert Simpson, The Polk County Pulse, Mena, Ark.

2nd — Saralee Perrel, the Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

3rd — Mary Bufe, Webster-Kirkwood Times, Webster Groves, Mo.

Online:

1st — Alan Paul, The Wall Street Journal

2nd — Joel Schwartzberg, The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

3rd — Robert Gilbert, Gilbert Communications

For the above five categories, winners received $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third.

— Notes/Items:

1st — Edmund Newton, New Times Broward, Florida

2nd — Smiley Anders, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

3rd — Russ Lemmon, Vero Beach (Fla.) Press Journal

Anders hosted this past weekend’s NSNC conference in New Orleans, where the awards were presented.

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