Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  March 23, 2023
By Jay Bender, SCPA Attorney

Why would an innocent man lie?

Editor’s Note: Member editors can pick this column up and run it in print and online as they see fit.
Why would an innocent man lie to police about the last time he saw his wife and son alive?  I’m no closer to answering that question now than I was in January when Judge Clifton Newman appointed me liaison between the court and the press for the Murdaugh murders trial.
Millions of people around the world were able to watch live a murder trial in Walterboro, S.C. and view dramatic photos from inside the courtroom because of a rule adopted by the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1993.  Prior to the adoption of that rule cameras, still and video, had been prohibited in South Carolina courtrooms.  When the court adopted a cameras in courts rule at the urging of South Carolina journalists then Chief Justice David Harwell hailed the rule as an opportunity to expose the public to the operation of the judicial system.
Perhaps in an earlier time in our society members of the public had the time and ability to attend trials beyond those where they might be called to jury duty.  That is no longer the case, and in recognition of that reality the cameras rule allows video and still photography in the courtroom subject to the supervision of the presiding judge.
In those instances when multiple news organizations want to cover a trial they must agree to a pool arrangement.  In the journalism world a pool is created when one news organization gathers video or still photographs to be shared with other news organizations.  On occasion a pool print reporter will write dispatches which are also shared. Read More
By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications

S.C. media and First Amendment advocates must remain vigilant as new 'hurricane' brews in Florida

In 2022, Hurricane Ian barreled across Florida, causing widespread damage and becoming the deadliest hurricane to strike Florida since 1935. Ian then traveled into the Atlantic Ocean before making a second landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina, then dissipated upon moving inland.
Now, there’s a new hurricane brewing in Florida, but instead of threatening buildings, infrastructure and lives it is taking aim at well-established and cherished principles of First Amendment law. And, like Ian, this storm may have effects outside of Florida, including in South Carolina.
The primary backer of this storm is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has pressed most of these changes in his crusades against “woke-ism” and “the corporate media.”
The First Amendment limitations that DeSantis and his allies in the Florida Legislature have implemented or proposed include the following:
  • DeSantis has signed three laws, including the “Anti-WOKE Act,” which seek to limit public schools in Florida at all levels—including both K-12 and colleges and universities—as well as private and public employers from teaching or training about race and diversity in certain ways. The laws specifically target lessons and training that discusses privilege or oppression based on race, or whether someone “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress” due to U.S. racial history. In schools, the new laws initially led to removal of some books from school library and classroom shelves while they were reviewed, although DeSantis denied that the laws were leading to widespread “book bans.” In November 2022, a federal judge enjoined the provisions applicable to colleges and universities, saying the law was “positively dystopian.” On March 16th the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state of Florida’s emergency appeal of this ruling.
  • DeSantis also signed a new law changing the composition of the 50-year-old authority that governs and provides municipal services for Walt Disney World, in retaliation for the Walt Disney Company’s public statements opposing a new Florida statute limiting teaching and discussion of sex and sexuality in schools. Opponents of the statute have labeled it as the “don’t say gay” law. But regardless of the subject and appropriateness of the statute, the changes to the authority were clearly in retaliation of the company exercising its First Amendment right to oppose the statute. This itself is a violation of the First Amendment, with the U.S. Supreme Court holding that “(o)fficial reprisal for protected speech ‘offends the Constitution (because) it threatens to inhibit exercise of the protected right.’” Read more

SCPA members invited to USC Journalism Career Fair 

USC's College of Information and Communications invites SCPA members to
participate in a spring News, Broadcast, and Multimedia Journalism Career and Internship symposium on April 5, at the Russell House Ballroom in Columbia. 
Students in attendance will be interested in learning more about your work and any full-time and/or internship opportunities.
Here's the schedule:
11 a.m. - Employer Set-up
Noon - Welcome Lunch & Word from Sponsor, Hearst
12:30 p.m. - Lunch roundtables with upper level students and employers
2-4 p.m. - Career Fair
4 p.m. - Breakdown
5-7 p.m. - Networking Reception & Building tours (SJMC 318 & Rooftop Terrace)
There is no registration fee, but you must sign up through Handshake to attend.
If you'd like more details or have questions, please contact Kelli Carroll, Career Services Manager at the College of Information & Communications.  

Thank you, Annual Meeting sponsors!







Industry Briefs

Reporting on Addiction launches resources to help journalists report on opioid suit settlement funds

Reporting on Addiction, a nonprofit journalism training organization, is launching a newsletter series and a Slack channel designed to help local journalists report on the settlement funds from national prescription opioid lawsuits. 
The newsletter series will provide some brief background and history on these lawsuits, but will largely focus on the questions they should be asking in your community about how they’ll be spent, connecting them with experts in the addiction science and medicine spaces who can help them hold government officials accountable, story ideas they can pursue today and in the future, and upcoming trainings and webinars to make sure that they’re prepared to cover every twist and turn in this unfolding story.  Sign up by choosing “Opioid Settlement Series” on this interest checklist.
The Slack channel will be a place where local journalists from across the country can share resources and story ideas with each other, as well as communicate with our team of experts for assistance in real time. Sign up for the Slack channel.
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia University Reed College of Media | Read more


By John Foust, Advertising Trainer

If it’s 10:08, it must be a watch ad

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
That’s certainly true in advertising. Consider the nuances of photography. For example, the next time you run across an analog watch ad in a newspaper, magazine or store poster, check out the photo. Whether it’s Rolex or Timex or another brand, there’s a good chance that the time is 10:08. Or in rarer cases, 1:52. That’s because the placement of the hands creates a v-shape at the top of the watch face, which is where most timepiece makers place their logos. This v-shape frame sets the brand name apart from everything else on the face. Read more
By Al Cross, Sustaining Rural Journalism

To build trust and your audience, show how much you care, not just how much you know

The national headline on stories about the latest poll on the news media and democracy were about its finding that half of Americans believe national news organizations deliberately “mislead, misinform or persuade the public to adopt a particular point of view through their reporting,” as Associated Press media writer David Bauder put it. He added, “In one small consolation, Americans had more trust in local news.”
It wasn’t a small consolation for people in local news, but it also had some warnings, and offered the basis for some guidance.
The poll by Gallup Inc. for the Knight Foundation, of 5,593 Americans 18 and older between May 31 and July 21, 2022, found a much higher level of trust in local news organizations. Read more

Upcoming Events

Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
powered by emma