Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  June 23, 2022

PALMY winners live for proofing

2022 PALMY Ad Contest winners are now live for proofing. Please take a look at the winners list and let us know by July 1 if you have corrections.
Winners are not for release until July 13.
On July 13, the digital awards presentation will be made available on the SCPA website and promoted as a resource for all members to use throughout the year. 
Judges' comments, Best of Show, Designer of the Year and the President’s Awards for Best Overall Advertising will be announced on July 13.
Awards will be presented in person or mailed to winners in mid-July 2022. Please let us know if you'd like to have a recognition event at your newspaper or if you'd prefer us to mail your awards.
Thanks to members of the Mississippi Press Association for judging this special contest!

SCPA's FOI guide is handy, searchable tool

If you don't have a copy of our Public Official's Guide to Compliance with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, now is the time to download the PDF for reference. This guide includes the full text of South Carolina’s FOIA, as well as a section-by-section plain language explanation of the law. It is designed as an easy-to-use guide for public officials, journalists and citizens. We especially love that you can keyword search the PDF for words like agenda, minutes, executive session, quorum or emergency meeting. Printed copies of the guide can also be purchased on our website.
And remember, if you're an SCPA member with an FOI or legal question, our hotline is here to help! Just call 803.750.9561 or email us and we'll connect you with Attorney Taylor Smith or Jay Bender.

Political advertising guide covers disclosure rules and legal matters

If you haven’t read SCPA’s political advertising guide lately, it may be time for a quick refresher on political advertising in S.C. newspapers.
State and federal political advertising is subject to legal requirements not found in non-political advertising. Those requirements are concerned with disclosure of the sponsor of the advertising and the rate charged for the advertising space. 
Our guide also has tips on payment and avoiding potential libel and invasion of privacy claims. 
If you have any questions about an ad’s content or advertising rules, give SCPA a call at (803) 750-9561.

Congratulations to Vickey Boyd of Moultrie News on her retirement after 50 years of working for Evening Post Publishing Newspaper Group. Last week retired SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers and Co-Executive Director Randall Savely presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Boyd started at The (Kingstree) News when she was in high school and has had an amazing career dedicated to serving her newspapers and communities. We're also thankful for her leadership and support of SCPA over the years. Boyd was the third woman to serve as President of SCPA in 2000 and she currently serves on the SCPA Foundation Board.

"Like congress" 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

By Andy Husk, Publisher,
Newberry Observer

Newberry, you will be missed

It has been a good five years.
Thank you to Newberry County and specifically the City of Newberry for being our home since 2017. Laura and I have settled into the community, bought a house, brought two amazing children into the world and learned a lot about small town (Southern) living.
It is with a bit of sentimentality I reflect on our time here, as we prepare to relocate to Omaha, Nebraska, which is much nearer to most of our family.
The community has been a great place to start a family, everyone has been welcoming and kind. I have joined social clubs and groups like Rotary, Lions and Newberry Young Professionals who have helped network and learn the area. I have also had the opportunity to serve on the board of impactful community organizations like The Living Hope Foundation and the Gallman School Project (Building Thriving Communities Foundation). …
To those who have employed me, specifically Champion Media (parent company of The Newberry Observer) and Newberry College (The Muller Center) thanks for taking a chance on a guy from the Midwest in South Carolina.
I started out in 2017 as an ad rep for The Observer, made headway in the community, but tried out something different for a year in 2019-20 by taking on the role of civic engagement coordinator at The Muller Center at Newberry College. The pandemic more or less shut down the position at the college and I found my way back to The Observer as publisher.
The experience from these jobs has been invaluable and I again thank you.
As publisher, I have sold advertising, reported on city and town councils, covered business openings and closings, attended ribbon cuttings, met politicians and generally enjoyed the experience that was granted to me. Hopefully, I was able to show how important it is to maintain local news coverage and the necessary place of a local newspaper in a small-ish rural community. Read more

The Lancaster News has a new home on Woodland Drive

The Lancaster News has moved to a new location.
After almost 50 years on North White Street, the office is now at 980 Woodland Drive.
“It was sad to leave behind the history of 701 N. White St. At the same time, I am excited to begin a new chapter at our space on Woodland Drive,” said Dale Morefield, publisher of The Lancaster News.
“As our industry has consolidated services over the years, especially production and printing operations, the building we were in was too large for our present needs. The new space is better suited for our daily operations, while still being convenient for our customers and team members.
“I am grateful for the hard work everyone at TLN put in to make the move possible and can’t wait for the community to see our new workplace.”
From The Lancaster News | Read more

State reporter named Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellow

Reporter Morgan Hughes of The State was recently named to Poynter Institute's 2022-23 class of Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellows.
The year-long fellowship provides emerging reporters, editors, producers and photojournalists with training to develop their skills. They will also get the chance to work with mentors and award-winning journalists on a weekly basis.
Hughes covers Columbia news for The State. She previously reported on health, education and local governments in Wyoming and has won awards in Wyoming and Wisconsin for feature writing and investigative journalism.

Post and Courier Columbia/Free Times hires new reporters

The Post and Courier Columbia/Free Times has hired Leah Hincks as Lexington County reporter and Skylar Laird as Columbia/Richland County reporter.
Hincks is a Massachusetts native and studied journalism at the University of Richmond. While in school she wrote for Richmond Magazine. She spends her free time running and reading.
Laird is originally from St. Peters, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri in May. She covered local and state government for the Columbia Missourian. She has a pet cat and axolotl (described as a Mexican cave salamander), and in her free time she enjoys reading and going on hikes. 

Bryan to serve as publisher, editor of Ga. weekly

An award-winning journalist and media executive with more than 20 years of newspaper experience has been appointed publisher and editor of the Tribune & Georgian in St. Marys, Georgia.
Scott J. Bryan, 39, started at the Camden County newspaper in April. He replaces Jill Helton, who resigned to pursue work outside of the newspaper industry.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to serve as the Tribune & Georgia’s new publisher and editor,” Bryan said. “I’m excited to learn more about this amazing community and to partner with stakeholders to produce a reliable and trusted news source for our community.”
Bryan has served as editor of other newspapers in the Southeast. He was the editor of The Gadsden County Times in Quincy, Fla.; Palatka (Fla.) Daily News and Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record. He was also the associate editor of the Index-Journal in Greenwood, S.C.
Raised just outside of Charleston, S.C., Bryan began his career as a sports writer for a weekly newspaper in Goose Creek, S.C., when he was 14 years old. He served as a sports writer and sports editor in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia before shifting his focus to news journalism.
From Tribune & Georgian | Read more
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Industry Briefs

Help get support for local news

News Media Alliance recently alerted members and partners that help is needed to get the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) over the finish line. The JCPA is a bipartisan bill that would allow news publishers to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google for fair compensation for the use of their content. June is a critical month for this bill. Please contact your Senators to let them know how important the JCPA is for local news and your organization, and ask them to support this legislation ahead of the Bill markup. Here’s a letter template or create your own. You can also run ads encouraging readers to support local journalism by asking their member of Congress to co-sponsor the JCPA.


Baldwin, Jr.

UofSC Journalism School alumnus and former SC journalist Ken Baldwin dies

Kenneth W. Baldwin, Jr. passed away peacefully June 13, 2022. ...
Ken graduated in 1943 from University High School, which was located in Wardlaw College on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Service in the Army Air Corps interrupted his studies at USC, until he returned there to graduate in 1949 with a BA in Journalism.
His early newspaper experience was as sports editor of the Index-Journal and sports reporter for The Columbia Record. In 1956, he joined the reporting staff of the Norfolk, VA-based Ledger-Dispatch, a major property of what was to become the private media company Landmark Communications with newspapers, television stations and a cable TV system located across the country. ...
Soon after returning, he renewed his ties with what was then the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at USC. When the college began a fund drive in 2008 to finance its new home at the corner of Sumter and Green streets his donation was one of the first. A suite of classrooms on the first floor now bears his name.
His prior experience as a business editor and his continued interest in journalism led to the creation of an endowed chair for a professor to teach courses with a concentration in business and financial journalism. In 2019, his generosity helped create a Social Media Interest Lab which was established by the College of Information and Communication. Read full obituary.


By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant

What’s happened to nuts and bolts of public safety reporting?

Crime and public safety are garnering more headlines across the country. Law enforcement and racial disparities in the criminal justice system are under increasing scrutiny. Newspapers play a key role in examining the dynamics in their own communities.
But what’s happened to police logs, the most basic of public safety reporting? Where are the regular records of traffic citations, thefts, property damage, burglaries and much more?
Police logs easily generated the most calls during my tenure as editor. Traffic citations probably topped the list. Nobody likes being linked to a police report – whether it’s something as common as speeding or a citation that carries greater stigma, such as a DWI.
We regularly connected with local law enforcement. We routinely reviewed all initial complaint reports. The documentation was part of the menu of public records that readers expected to see in our newspaper.
We also believed the information was valuable to readers in terms of public safety. Is a neighborhood experiencing a rash of vandalism? Are DWIs on the rise? Should residents be on the lookout for another scam artist? Are certain crosswalks particularly dangerous? Has a neighborhood become a haven for narcotics? Is there a pattern to a rash of business burglaries? Read more

Upcoming Events

As a service to its member newspapers, SCPA lists employment opportunities on our site upon request. There is no charge for this service to SCPA member newspapers. Please email openings to Kassidy Wright.
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