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Your connection to industry & member news  |  April 13, 2023

SCPA Foundation awards 2023 scholarships

The SCPA Foundation Board recently selected the following scholarship and internship recipients.
Madison Sharrock is named the first Mundy Scholar recognized from Coastal Carolina University. Sharrock is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in communication with a specialized focus in interactive journalism, also minoring in media and digital culture.
As a sophomore and first-generation college student, she has been named on the President’s List each semester to-date. Sharrock was recognized as the Department of  Communication, Media, and Culture’s Outstanding Freshman for the 2021-2022 academic year, as well as the Outstanding Sophomore for 2022-2023.
As this year’s Mundy Scholar, she will receive $1,000 to put toward her education. The Mundy Scholarship is given in memory of R. Frank Mundy, the late publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood and the first president of the SCPA Foundation.
Sharrock joined her college newspaper, The Chanticleer, late in her freshman year and became the Assistant Editor at the beginning of her sophomore year in 2022. She covers investigative news stories happening on CCU’s campus, and lately has begun to report on sports as well. Her involvement as Assistant Editor gave her the opportunity to be an Associated Press stringer for the 2022 election precincts in South Carolina.
Sharrock is originally from Shelby, Ohio, and attends CCU on the President’s Scholar Award. She enjoys playing tennis and video games, as well as spending time with her friends and family when she can.
“It’s such an accomplishment and honor to represent Coastal this way,” Sharrock said. “The hardest work goes unnoticed. So when it’s rewarded, it’s a great feeling.”
The Foundation is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship to Mari Pressley of Winthrop University. Pressley is a mass communication major who minors in writing and photography. A native of Columbia, Pressley is the daughter of Malcolm and Malai Pressley.
She has a diverse background in writing, interning on Credit Karma’s Editorial Team last summer. She is also the managing editor of her college newspaper, The Johnsonian.
At The Johnsonian, she has previously worked as a staff writer, assistant arts and culture editor, news editor, arts, culture and tech editor, copy editor and social media editor. And, she has been recognized by The Herald in cooperation with Winthrop’s Mass Communication Department and the South Carolina Press Association for her work.
She has been named one of The Charlotte Observer’s interns this summer.
In her free time, Pressley enjoys photography, as well as being a social media and editorial lead for maibeauty, a brand that sells beauty products for women of color.
“I know the skills I have acquired throughout my time as a student journalist at Winthrop have prepared me well,” Pressley said. “During my time at the Charlotte Observer, I hope to continue developing valuable news writing capabilities and acquiring more hands-on experience.”
In addition to the Foundation’s scholarships, two students are headed out into the field for eight-week summer internships. Sydney Dunlap of USC will intern at The State and David Ferrara of Clemson will intern at The Post and Courier Greenville. We’ll share more details about these exceptional students in next week’s eBulletin!

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"Only in America" by Robert Ariail

If you can't get enough of award-winning Camden cartoonist Robert Ariail, enjoy his new strip featured every week in the Charleston City Paper, which has granted us ongoing permission to republish it. Called "Lowcountry," the weekly feature, which is available for syndication in South Carolina newspapers, focuses on politics, human nature, the environment and public policy. More: Contact publisher Andy Brack.

FOIA Briefs

The State asks SC appeals court to reinstate lawsuit against Midlands school district

The State Media Co. has asked the state Court of Appeals to reinstate a lawsuit that alleged a local school district violated South Carolina’s open meetings laws. A judge dismissed the lawsuit last year on procedural grounds.
In a filing on Monday, attorney Billy McGee argues Judge Alison Lee incorrectly used a statutory requirement for a quick hearing to penalize The State’s senior editor in dismissing the suit against the Lexington-Richland 5 school district.
In her October ruling, Lee dismissed the case based on the fact a hearing on The State’s request for a summary judgment was not held within 10 days. She did not address the merits of the lawsuit in her dismissal.
“This interpretation added a new and substantial obligation on parties seeking to enforce a (Freedom of Information Act) claim where no such language existed,” McGee argues in the appeal. 
By Bristow Marchant, The State | Read more

Head of Joseph Floyd Manor’s housing agency fired in emergency meeting with no notice

The Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority abruptly fired its executive director April 3 after holding a same-day emergency meeting.
All seven members of the authority’s governing board voted to remove Franklin Scott from the position, chairman Sandino Moses told The Post and Courier on April 7. The board gave no public notice of the meeting, which was held in executive session.
The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act mandates public bodies give notice of at least 24 hours in a publicly accessible place before holding a special called meeting. However, emergency meetings, which Moses said this was, are exempt under the law. After the meeting, minutes must be available to the public “within a reasonable time after the meeting,” though discussions held during executive sessions are also exempt.
By Jocelyn Grzeszczak, The Post and Courier | Read more

People & Papers

4 USC students named Dow Jones News Fund interns 

This summer, four USC students will jump-start their careers as Dow Jones News Fund interns. Congratulations to Stephen Pastis (Fortune), Kailey Cota (The Current), Audrey Elsberry (The Charlotte Observer) and Reagin von Lehe (New York Cannabis Insider). Read more about the DJNF Class of 2023.

3 SCPA collegiate members selected for Charlotte Observer internships

The Charlotte Observer in June will welcome seven talented interns who are eager to serve you and learn on the job. As in years past, our reporting and visuals interns will take the wheel on important stories in news and sports this summer. All are current college students and were selected from more than 200 applications. 
Among the students selected are three SCPA collegiate members: 
  • Terry Benjamin of Claflin University, who has formerly interned with The Times and Democrat and The State
  • Mari Pressley of Winthrop University, who is managing editor of The Johnsonian and one of the SCPA Foundation's scholars
  • Audrey Elsberry of University of South Carolina, who is former opinion editor and outreach director for The Daily Gamecock
By Anna Douglas, The Charlotte Observer | Read more

Industry Briefs

Zoe Becraft, a senior at Richland Northeast High School, anchors the March 24 RNE-TV broadcast. Ian Grenier/Post and Courier

Columbia high school reporters not afraid to ruffle feathers in covering their campus

As Richland Northeast High School students evacuated their campus Feb. 1 after receiving social media threats, it wasn’t any of Columbia’s professional newspaper reporters who first broke the news of the emergency.
Instead, it was 17-year-old Hallie Palmer, co-editor-in-chief of Richland Northeast’s online student paper The Saber — who wasn’t even at school at the time.
Palmer was off campus picking up her younger cousin when she got word from Bill Rawson, the online paper’s advisor and a Richland Northeast journalism teacher, that something was going on.
“I’m like, ‘OK, well, I’ll just tweet about it,’ ” Palmer said about her reaction to the news.
So she went to work, fielding photos taken of the evacuation by other students and posting updates about the situation to the paper’s Twitter page.
By Ian Grenier, The Post and Courier Columbia | Read more

Newspaper mail hit hard again by US Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has announced another postage increase for July 9 that again sends Periodicals postage into the double-digit zone for annual increases. This mid-year hike will be 8.8% for Within County newspapers and 8.1% for Outside County newspapers.
Newspapers have already absorbed nearly 24% in price increases since the Postal Regulatory Commission lifted the inflation-based price cap on postage for the 2021 round of increases.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has previously announced his intention to seek the maximum allowable increases for more of the mail considered captive customers within USPS. His Delivering for America plan aims at investing heavily in a USPS strategy to increase its market share in package delivery, where it competes with Amazon and United Parcel Service (UPS). Changes in service performance and carrier deliveries have been rolled out over the past two years for newspaper publishers. More changes are expected in 2023 as many postal carriers will lose the ability to work from their local post offices and will be required to sort mail at central facilities within many geographical areas.
From National Newspaper Association | Read more

Top three takeaways from Mega-Conference 2023

The mood was energetic and upbeat at the 2023 Mega-Conference, hosted by America’s Newspapers at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, April 2-4. Over 350 attendees from member news publishers and the vendor/sponsor community took part in a robust agenda, including general and break-out sessions, solutions showcases and roundtables, and ending in afternoon sessions — and ultimately, with a final-day reception held at The Dallas Morning News. There was a lot of information unpacked during the three-day event, but E&P chose three exciting takeaways to highlight here.
Print and digital go hand-in-hand in a transformative organization.
John Garrett, president of Community Impact, gave a lively, information-packed speech: "Going ‘Phygital’: Transforming Your Organization." We followed Community Impact’s 18-year journey from inception through “Phase 1” of its transformation. Although there was mainly dialogue about growing digital revenue from most other speakers, Garrett said that Community Impact’s print revenue is growing double-digits. In addition, its digital revenue is up 7% this year, without any detraction from print.
A focus on high-quality journalism and design, being a talent-centered organization and encouraging an entrepreneurial and experimental mindset in the company has helped Community Impact continue to grow when others are struggling. And Community Impact is already looking at “Phase Two” of its transformation by considering how print will be valued in the future. They’ll be looking hard at processes, creating structures for tasks and, whenever possible, “keeping it simple.”
By Robin Blinder, Editor & Publisher | Read more

2-factor authentication: Why journalists and media operators must use it

When journalists lose access to their social media accounts, it can cause a cascade of events that can cost money, resources and extensive time to remedy.
That’s why it’s essential that local media companies have all staff use two-factor authentication (2FA) on every platform and insist on maintaining strong passwords.
When users must provide two different authentication factors to verify themselves, it can better protect both users’ credentials and their access to platforms that reach hundreds, thousands or millions of audience members.
By Emilie Lutostanski,  Local News Resource Center | Read more

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