The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) elected Chandra Bozelko of Orange, Connecticut its new vice-president at its national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio last week. The organization’s vice-president, Chris Carosa, a financial columnist from Rochester, New York became president, succeeding outgoing president Lisa Smith Molinari of Jamestown, Rhode Island, a columnist for Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper.
Bozelko is a freelance commentary writer, focusing mostly on criminal justice issues. She was the first incarcerated person to have a regularly-bylined column outside of a correctional facility. Bozelko’s column, Prison Diaries, appeared in the New Haven Independent in 2012 while she was incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut. Prison Diaries continues now as a blog that won the 2018 People’s Voice Webby Award and numerous awards from the Connecticut Press Club, the National Federation of Press Women and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
“My first foray into opinion writing came when I read [former NSNC president and current Executive Director] Suzette Martinez Standring’s The Art of Column Writing. Now, not only to be a part of this community of talented thought leaders, but to be given the chance to help lead it, is an honor,” Bozelko said.
“Chandra Bozelko brings NSNC’s board a fresh perspective and modern vision. As a dedicated member, she has consistently surprised us with her enterprising ability to network with movers and shakers in the journalism industry. As a writing professional, she has her finger on the pulse of what makes good column-writing today. We look forward to seeing how NSNC will benefit from Bozelko’s many talents,” said past president Lisa Smith Molinari.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, one of the nation’s premier professional journalist associations, plans to hold its 2019 conference in Buffalo, New York. The organization also approved Tulsa, Oklahoma as the site for its 2020 conference.