National Columnists Day is an annual observance held on April 18th. Columns are the most important part of any newspapers, magazines, or even other publications. The person who provides the written works like commentary and opinions on current events or topics in the publications are the columnists. These columnists will have a number of people who actively look forward to reading their piece of the column every day. Most often they and their works were unrecognized and forgotten. National Columnists Day is created to honour all the newspaper columnists and their incredible contributions as the form of writings to the society.
“Teamwork is better than isolation, especially for a columnist.” – Allan Sloan
History of National Columnists Day
The National Columnists Day has been in celebration since 1995. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has founded this special celebration Day for the newspaper columnists. The Society was founded in 1977 as a professional organization for the columnists and journalists. The Columnists Day has been established on April 18th, in memory of the columnist named Ernie Pyle, an American columnist who was killed on the same date in the year 1945 while reporting in Okinawa, Japan during the World War II. Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize winner who reported from both the European and Pacific theatres. The National Columnists Day is also known as Newspaper Columnists Day, and it aims to appreciate the work of the columnists and to make the people informed of the dangers faced by the columnists every day. It is a celebration dedicated to all the columnists and journalists who work in dangerous situations for the sole purpose to uncover the truth and to keep the world informed all the time.
Other Celebrations on April 18
April 18 is also celebrated as
- World Heritage Day
- Pet Owners Independence Day
- National Pinata Day
- World Amateur Radio Day
- National Lineman Appreciation Day
How to Celebrate the Day
On this Day, you must show your appreciation and recognition for all those columnists who keep you well informed about the current events around you by bringing news and opinions to you. Read a newspaper on this Day to know about the opinions of the incidents happening around. Although each of them possesses a different style or approach, it is every columnist’s hard work that connects them to the world. So, you can even personally thank your favorite columnists through a letter or in-person on their Day. Get to know more about Ernie Pyle and other columnists like him and their life history. Share your appreciation through social media using the hashtag #ColumnistsDay.
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