Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  July 14, 2022
Ashley Smith and Dela O'Callaghan of Charleston City Paper take "Best of Show" in the Over 12,000 Division for this Croghan's Jewel Box ad.
Melissa Bradley and Larry Davidson of The Journal in Seneca win "Best of Show" in the Under 12,000 Division.

Congrats PALMY Ad Award winners

Congratulations to winners of the 2022 PALMY Advertising Contest! The winners presentation containing winning ads and judges’ comments for first place winners is now live. This is a great resource for your ad sales and design staff.

Best Overall:

The President's Awards for Best Overall Advertising go to Charleston City Paper and The Post and Courier. These top honors are presented to one daily and one weekly newspaper based on number and ranking of awards won, regardless of circulation.

Designer of the Year:

Congratulations to Jan Marvin of The Daniel Island News on being named Advertising Designer of the Year! Marvin is a repeat winner, having won the award in 2021.
Judges said, "Nice work for all the designers. This one was close, but the jigsaw real estate ad pushed this entry to the top." 

Best of Show:

All first place PALMY winners were judged by circulation division to award a "Best of Show" honor The winner in the Under 12,000 Division is Melissa Bradley and Larry Davidson of The Journal in Seneca.
Best of Show in the Over 12,000 Division is Ashley Smith and Dela O'Callaghan of Charleston City Paper.


Plaques and certificates are in the mail unless we're coming to present your awards in person.
Additional certificates are available for your staff and/or advertisers. The cost is $2 per certificate. We also have wooden plaque bases available for $25 each plus shipping. Contact us to place your order.
Above are three ads from Jan Marvin's Designer of the Year portfolio. Marvin works at The Daniel Island News.
By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Abortion ruling could impact media law

We have already seen some of the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent blockbuster decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reversed its 49-year-old Roe v. Wade precedent and left it to the states to individually determine the availability of abortions.
The debate over abortion is for another forum. But it seems likely that the decision will also bring new legal questions for the media. These questions will arise from the statutes that individual states pass to flex their new powers to regulate—or prohibit—abortion.
Texas Law: For example, Texas has already adopted the Texas Heartbeat Act (known as SB 8), which went into effect on September 1, 2021. While there have been several lawsuits challenging the Act, it has not been enjoined and remains in force.
The Act bans all abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which occurs at about six weeks of pregnancy. But the law also has an “innovative” provision that explicitly forbids state officials from enforcing the law; instead it allows many private individuals to civilly sue those who actually or plan to perform or assist in abortions banned under the Act. The lawsuits can seek an injunction against the behavior, damages of $10,000 per abortion and legal costs and attorneys’ fees. Read more

SCPA hosts editor roundtables in August

Aug. 12 - Weekly Editors Roundtable
Aug. 26 - Daily Editors Roundtable

Weekly and daily editors are invited to attend SCPA's annual Editors Roundtables next month. Both events will be held at SCPA Offices in Columbia from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This will be a great time to meet with your peers for robust discussion, especially after a couple years apart.
Topics are up to the group, but may include: FOI issues, motivating and training staff, special projects and sections, multimedia reporting, social media opportunities and issues, stories that get traction and more. We’ll also have plenty of time for open discussion.
Attendees are asked to bring ideas and samples to share. If you have ideas for discussion topics or specific questions you’d like addressed, please submit them on the registration page. The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch. 
Register for the Weekly Editors Roundtable | Register for the Daily Editors Roundtable

"Earthquake?" 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.

People & Papers


The Press and Standard welcomes new editor

The Press and Standard in Walterboro has announced Mae Frances Bing as the paper’s new editor.
Bing is a journalist and entrepreneur from Varnville.
Prior to joining the local newspaper’s team, she was a freelance journalist for the Hampton County Guardian. “I’m excited to say that I’m your new editor,” said Bing. “This is more than a job to me. This is the beginning of an extraordinary journey not only for me, but you as well.”
The University of South Carolina graduate also owns Micro Extraordinary, a media platform that she created and oversees. “With this platform, I feature creatives and entrepreneurs. Every feature educates and inspires readers, while giving entrepreneurs exposure and a safe space to share their journey. I’ve captured some amazing people so far,” she said. “I’m looking forward to expanding this platform and shining a light on talented creatives and entrepreneurs in Colleton County.”
In her role as editor, Bing will cover different facets of news in the Colleton County community. She will also be responsible for speaking with community members, helping to boost the newspaper’s social media platforms and enhancing the overall design of the newspaper.
“I’m ready to share my skills with the community,” she said.

The helper: Stafford retires from Sumter Item after 25 years in customer service

It started with a pink flamingo.
Kathy Stafford bought the desk trinket at a fundraiser for cats with special needs. It had a summertime theme, adorned with a hat and shorts and even flip flops. She passed them out around the office and kept one in hers.
Years later, Stafford would be putting the 30 or so of them into a box. The solar-powered ones that dance back and forth. The bobbleheads and the gifts from carriers. They'd go in with her plants and paintings and nearly 30 years of memories.
Stafford retired from The Sumter Item on Tuesday after a successful career that spanned customer service, circulation, pagination, advertising and management.
A lot has changed since May 26, 1997, both in the world and at the paper. Working at a newspaper gives staff the chance to watch the world turn with an inside look at headlines. Stafford remembers sketching out pages for special sections she helped sell during a time when designers were still putting finished pages on film to be printed.
Those sketches brought her "artistic craftiness" out, she said, and helped her fall in love with working at a newspaper and being a part of its production. It turned her job into a career.
"To me, it's rewarding that I can look at a newspaper and say I helped to make this. I did that," Stafford said.
By Kayla Green, The Sumter Item | Read more

Item hires 4, promotes 1; includes 2 reporters, 1 in graphic design, 2 in customer service

The Sumter Item has recently welcomed a handful of faces to its newsroom and customer service department that are a mix of new hires and returning employees or were promoted.
Jill Burrus was promoted, officially this week, from her role in customer service to the department's manager, filling the position left open with Kathy Stafford's retirement after 25 years with the newspaper. To fill her customer service position, The Item welcomed Destiny Hester.
Burrus is now in charge of the department that helps readers with account issues, bill payment and other questions or concerns about the newspaper and its digital platforms. Hester will help field customer calls.
Burrus is a native New Yorker who has slowly made her way down the East Coast during the last 20 years with her husband, Warren, and two teenaged daughters, Taylor and Logan. After graduating with a journalism degree from Hofstra University, she found herself in the apartment and residential property management industry - something she fell into and loved.
From The Sumter Item | Read more

Ann Ricker lands her 'dream job' as the new editor of TALK Greenville

Welcome to my first issue as editor of TALK. I couldn’t be more thrilled about writing to you!
I love magazines. I remember as a young girl, poring over periodicals, tearing out pages, plastering them from ceiling to baseboard. Saving the volumes in stacks — for years (much to my Mother’s dismay). Reading them over and over ... and over. Now, I realize I always wanted to be an editor. This is my dream job.
While this is my first issue as editor, it is not my first issue with TALK. For just over eight years, I’ve been the magazine’s stylist and fashion contributor, curating, styling and writing the monthly fashion and Wear It Now features. I will continue in that role in addition to my new duties guiding the rest of the magazine.
This issue highlights women entrepreneurs and their journey to be successful business owners in their respective fields. These exceptional women have been guided by others and are now able to provide mentorship and leadership themselves.
By Ann Ricker, Greenville News | Read more

Post and Courier's Malcom DeWitt retires after 40 years

Post and Courier Sports Editor Malcolm DeWitt has retired after 40 years of service at the newspaper. Below is a video The Post and Courier created to congratulate DeWitt. 

Sun News reporter Karacostas wins award for excellence in LGBTQ+ coverage

Congrats to Chase Karacostas of The Sun News for winning a 2022 Excellence in Journalism Award from NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists! The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ community. Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and across South Carolina for McClatchy. He was awarded for “Excellence in Newswriting” for his story “Is Pride for adults only? How SC is working to better support, cater to LGBTQ+ youth.
The News & Reporter staff is settling into their new (and former) home at 120 York Street in Chester. This is according to reports, where The News & Reporter was located in the 1970s. Photo by Brian Garner, The N&R
Jonathan Vickery and staff of The People-Sentinel celebrated one year of local ownership on July 1. Last year Vickery purchased his hometown newspaper, bringing it back to local ownership for the first time in more than 35 years. In the first year in business, he's grown the page count and added more local content including features like Kid Scoop, puzzles and coupons. He's added 200 new subscribers and grown his staff to seven employees. The People-Sentinel has also given back to the community, including sponsoring a hole at the Williston Disc Golf Course and publishing an Adoptable Pet of the Week for free. During the month of July, the newspaper is entering new and renewing subscribers into a giveaway to win prizes. In a Facebook post, Vickery wrote, "I can't wait to see what the future holds! Remember to support local journalism! READ! SUBSCRIBE! ADVERTISE!"
Yesterday The Post and Courier Greenville launched the first edition of it’s e-paper, which is available to subscribers weekly as a supplement to the daily content available at
In a note to subscribers, Editor Ryan Gilchrest wrote, “It's yet another way to read the news, especially for those of you who want something more akin to the classic newspaper format.”
Please let us know about your new hires, retirements and promotions
so we can share your news in the eBulletin!



Former editor of The Sumter Item dies

Ivy F. Moore, 74, entered into rest on June 26.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Ms. Moore was born on Dec. 12, 1947, and was a lifelong resident of Sumter. She was a daughter of the late Leland Ingram Moore and Doris Hatchell Gaillard. Ms. Moore received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop College. She taught school briefly and was a social worker for the state Department of Social Services and then the Department of Health and Environmental Control for many years. After her retirement, she became a features writer and later features editor of The Sumter Item. She was a founding member of the Wateree AIDS Task Force.
She was a voracious reader, a talented cook, a competitive trivia master and lifelong fan of "Jeopardy," and she loved to travel and spend time at Edisto Beach. Ms. Moore was very active in the Sumter community. During her time at the newspaper, she promoted every play, musical concert, dance performance, festival and exhibit by the Sumter Gallery of Art, the Sumter Little Theatre, Patriot Hall Cultural Arts Center, the Sumter County Museum, the Sumter Civic Dance Company and the Community Concert Band and Civic Chorale, and she also promoted Sumter Senior Services and Sumter United Ministries. Read more


By Kayla Green,
Executive Editor,
The Sumter Item

2 newspapers are closing a week. The Sumter Item wants to buck the trend.

If there was an organization that told you how the people you elected are spending your tax dollars, would you support it?
What if there was an organization that told you how your local school board's votes are impacting your children's education? Would you support it?
Would you support an organization that celebrates local athletes, or an organization that follows hometown all-stars through the NBA, MLB and NFL, or one that takes you inside new businesses and restaurants, that finds reliable information to quash or confirm public safety rumors, that highlights kids and adults doing projects or community work, that investigates wrongdoing, that holds public officials accountable, that lists obituaries, weddings, engagements, classifieds, things for sale, pets that can be adopted?
The good news is there is an organization in Sumter that provides all those services. It can help you be an informed citizen who uses that information to make decisions for you and your family. It's family owned, independently operated and has been around since 1894. Read more

Compelling Writing by Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune,
Writing Coach

What’s on your readers’ minds?

Have you ever thought about what your readers want and need to know?
Compelling writers think about this in everything they write.
It may be a news article, a feature story, an advertisement, a business proposal, a legal brief, a book, a sermon, a speech or simply a letter to Mom.
You want your intended audience to read what you are writing to them.
Mom’s going to read it anyway because it’s from you.
Your challenge in writing to others is tougher. It must be compelling.
Not only what they want and need to know but in what order.
That determines the structure of what you write to them,
Inverted pyramid? Anecdotal opening? Scene setter? Question?
For example, a question opening is the first sentence of this writing tip.
Whatever you choose you have other choices to make.
What should be included in this story that your readers need to know?
What should you leave out that they don’t need to know?
What you omit is as important as what you decide to put in.
The most important decision you must make is “how does this affect my readers?”
Will a crime threaten the safety of my readers? 
How will a government action affect their taxes?
How will an administrative or school board decision affect their children’s education?
Such vital information taps their self-interest and guarantees readership.

Next: Embrace Your Readers
For more on reporting and editing, read writing coach Jerry Bellune’s The Art of Compelling Writing, available for $9.99 at

Upcoming Events

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