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.
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.
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.