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"Whether you label him a columnist, author, humorist, essayist, or larger-than-life personality, Dave Barry represents the best of what we admire and aspire to at NSNC," said the society's vice president, Larry Cohen.
Entrants "may write on a current or timeless topic, such as government and politics, social or cultural trends, home and family, education, personalities, and so on," according to the NSNC's announcement.
The two online categories were expanded by the NSNC to permit more writers to enter, including those who don't write for established newspaper Web sites.
"The board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists takes neither credit nor blame for Sarah Palin's announcement on Friday, July 3, that she will resign as governor of Alaska," the NSNC said in a statement.
Palin, running mate of GOP nominee John McCain, was selected for the award at the NSNC's Annual Conference, held last weekend in Ventura, Calif.
NSNC has also voted to add a new category to its annual writing contest: a category for blogs.
For more on Lieber's survey, including comments from some of the respondents, see this article on the NSNC Web site.
NSNC Vice President Phil Reisman, who does a column, blog, radio show, and other work for The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., agrees with that sentiment.
Carroll, a California native who has been a Chronicle columnist since 1982, will be presented with the honor during the NSNC conference in Ventura/Los Angeles next June 25-28.
Newly elected NSNC President Samantha Bennett of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette commented that "we bestow this dubious honor" on Clinton "in recognizition of all he said and did to bring stubborn stain to his wife's campaign."
Samantha Bennett of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was elected president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists yesterday during the NSNC conference in New Orleans.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) has announced the winners of its 2008 writing contest.
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