Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  Nov. 5, 2020

SCNN payouts return more than $43,000 to SCPA member papers

S.C. Newspaper Network (SCNN), the sales arm of SCPA, mailed quarterly advertising network payments totaling more than $43,000 to SCPA member newspapers last week.
These totals include the QuarterPage+ Ad Network payout of $33,448 and the Small Space Display (2x2/2x4/2x6) Advertising Network payout of $10,112. This is for ads run July-September. Classified revenue is paid out annually in January.
“We are thankful for the continued support of our participating newspapers,” said Randall Savely, Director of Operations. “The SCNN networks are a great source of added revenue for member newspapers and the income from these networks is vital to the continuing operations of SCPA.”
Every daily newspaper and virtually every weekly newspaper participates in SCNN's ad networks.
If your newspaper is an SCPA member and does not participate in one of the SCNN networks, contact Randall to learn how these networks can provide added revenue to your newspaper.

SCPA is hiring 3 students assistants for Winter Break project

The S.C. Press Association is looking to hire three college students for part-time work over Winter Break helping get the News Contest entries ready for judging.
Applicants need to be in Columbia for most of the break to work 20-25 hours a week. Hours are flexible during the work week 8-5:30 p.m. and the pay is $10 an hour. All students are welcome to apply, but this would be an awesome opportunity for journalism students because they’ll get to see the best work of our state’s newspapers. The project would start in early December and will wrap up by the time the spring semester starts. There is also a possibility for the students to help us in the spring with some Annual Meeting prep if they’re interested. Candidates should have a high attention to detail and enjoy analyzing information. Some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat and Excel is a plus.
Because this project cannot be done remotely, assistants will be required to work at SCPA Offices. Due to COVID-19, students will work in a socially distanced work space and be required to wear a mask when away from their desk.  
Interested candidates should email Jen Madden no later than Nov. 16. Please include a resume and availability during Winter Break (days/hours, holiday travel, etc.).
Member Spotlight: Joe Cranney
Reporter, The Post and Courier Columbia
What do you like best about your job?
I feel most fulfilled when my reporting brings about positive public change. My work exposing illegal activities among judges and other South Carolina lawmen helped prompt indictments alleging public corruption and legislation proposing sweeping reforms. 

What is your proudest career moment?
As a local reporter in Florida, I revealed how local officials for decades had neglected an African American neighborhood park that was named for a local war hero. My story spurred the city to fulfill long ignored promises to fix up Anthony Park, and install a new sign honoring Charlie C. Anthony, who was killed in combat. I hand delivered a copy of my story to Mr. Anthony's older brother, a lifelong neighborhood resident known for his crusty disposition. I sat in his living room as he quietly read the story. When finished, he looked up and said, "Very nice." In my career, that is my proudest moment.

What's the most exciting thing going on at your paper?
The Post and Courier sets an example for other local papers with ambitious work that includes investigative reporting, narrative storytelling and imaginative digital presentation. It's exciting when our paper takes big swings.

What’s your favorite SCPA member service?
I am grateful for the SCPA's service allowing reporters to request criminal background checks on any individual, free of charge. (Based on my inbox full of such requests, I imagine I'm one of this service's most frequent users!)

What adjustments have you made during COVID-19?
The pandemic has forced me to work from home, but I try to get outdoors as much as I can. Many of my interviews I conduct by phone while sitting on my back porch, or strolling my neighborhood.

When it’s safe to get out and about again, what are some area attractions/restaurants in your community we shouldn’t miss?
For drinking away the stress of daily reporting, my favorite spot in Columbia is The Whig.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I founded and run the weekly Local Matters newsletter, which highlights outstanding examples of accountability journalism from local newsrooms in South Carolina and across the country.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I spent my summer in my backyard gardening, playing frisbee with my dog or manning a charcoal grill. 

Know someone that you’d like SCPA to spotlight? Email us your recommendations.

People & Papers

Sumter Item adds Kareem Wilson to newsroom team

The Sumter Item is glad to welcome a new member to its newsroom.
Kareem Wilson joins The Item as a multimedia reporter and the newsroom's audience development manager. Hailing most recently from the Georgetown Times, Wilson will bring his expertise in storytelling to help the newsroom expand its reach and capabilities into communities whose voices need to be heard.
The Georgetown native describes himself as a genuine Southern man, a visual thinker and storyteller who is always looking to find new and creative ways to bring local news to underserved communities. ..
After graduating from Winthrop University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in theater and mass communications, Wilson covered topics ranging from health and the pandemic to community and education at Georgetown Times. While in college, he gained experience as a writer for The Roddey McMillan Record and as a reporter at The Charlotte Post. Read more

Obituaries

John Frank Smith Jr., former Marion publisher and Herald-Journal ad director, dies

John Frank Smith, Jr., 86, died Oct. 23.
Born November 1, 1933 in Glenn Springs, SC, Frank was a son of the late John Franklin and Earline Thornton Smith. He honorably served his country in the US Army. Frank was employed with the Spartanburg Herald Journal from 1966-1973 starting as a Circulation Manager and then as Retail Advertising Sales. From 1973-1979 he worked as Publisher of The Marion Star and Mullins Enterprise of Marion County, SC. In 1980, Frank returned to The Spartanburg Herald Journal as National Advertising Director until 1990. After he retired from the newspaper business, he worked for the JM Dunbar Funeral Home. Read more

Seneca Journal columnist Doug LeCroy dies

Doug LeCroy, who was a columnist for The Journal in Seneca for nearly a decade, was remembered by friends and family Monday for his writing, sense of humor, love for others and as an integral part of a local writing group.
Doug LeCroy often wrote about his dog, Coco, in his columns in the pages of The Journal. 
LeCroy died Sunday at his home after an extended illness. He was 84.
LeCroy began writing a column that first appeared in 2011 in the Lifestyle section of The Journal. ...
“We were saddened to hear of Mr. LeCroy’s passing over the weekend,” said Hal Welch, general manager of The Journal. “He’d become such a fixture on Saturdays with us. It’ll be hard to fill the shoes he’s leaving behind. I hope our readers — Doug’s readers — will join us in extending our deepest sympathies to his family.”
wonderful sense of humor,” adding he had purpose in his writing.
By Norm Cannada, The Journal, Seneca | Read more

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