Ben S. Pollock of Fayetteville, Ark.
Ben is a freelance writer and editor, with a decade of web design. In short, online content management. He is the 2012-14 director of online media for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, having been its 2010-12 president. Until a Aug. 30, 2012, layoff, he was a news copy editor/page designer for the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Democrat then the Democrat-Gazette ran his column “Mirthology” regularly and not from 1988-92. “Like many members, my column writing always has been a sideline. Mainly as a side to being a copy, metro, editorial page and wire editor,” he says.
After being downsized in 2001 (which ended that 33-month weekly column, “Loose Leaves”), Ben created a website. He soon added a blog, BRICK: Muse on News, where he’s published his columns since. While most of Ben’s pieces have been humor and general interest, a notable exception was his 1986-98 stint at the Democrat-Gazette doing the daily, non-bylined, front-page column “In the News.” Each of the eight-12 “newsers” is a complete wire story, reduced to a single sentence. “In the News” began in the 1950s (and continues), and Ben’s tenure is one of its longest.
Ben holds a bachelor’s in communication and American studies from Stanford University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He’s married. He’s a proud native of Fort Smith, Ark. Anything else you want to know can be found or alluded to in Brick or here in Mirthology, a Loose Leaflet.
The picture across the top: Wall along Arkansas Avenue, steps to Old Main of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Photo by Ben S. Pollock