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Your connection to industry & member news  |  May 12, 2022
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SCPA Foundation names 2022 Mundy Scholar

The SCPA Foundation Board met recently and selected the Mundy Scholar and three college students to serve as interns at S.C. newspapers this summer. Meet our 2022 Mundy Scholar below. Next week we'll introduce you to the Foundation's interns.

Meet the Mundy Scholar

Hanna Schatteman, a sophomore journalism major and political science minor at the University of South Carolina, has been named 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.
Schatteman has a diverse background in media, serving as a reporter for The Daily Gamecock and co-hosting a podcast for Garnet Media. She's striving for a career in political news coverage.  
She serves on the public relations team for club hockey and is the Philanthropy Vice President of her sorority. Schatteman enjoys participating in activities that serve the local community.
A native of Greenville, Schatteman is the daughter of Mark and Stephanie Schatteman.
“I’m honored to be selected as the 2022 Mundy Scholar,” Schatteman said. “This scholarship will ease my financial stress and help me continue my education to pursue a career in journalism.”

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The Foundation's internships and scholarships are provided by contributions from you! Please support the Foundation's valuable work by making your tax-deductible contribution today.

Virtual ad symposium recordings available

If you missed the virtual Advertising Symposium last month, reach out to Kassidy for links to recordings that you can watch or share with your staff. Topics include:
  • The best of the best sales superstars share their secrets for advertising success
  • You’ve heard of KISS? Now learn about DISS – Digital Inventory Sales Simplified!
  • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – proven products and promotions that you can replicate at your publication
  • Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative – how to build a positive readership message to increase advertising sales opportunities
  • Tips and tricks for hiring and retaining a successful advertising sales team
Symposium attendees were also provided a Newspaper Advertising Manual than can be downloaded here.

PALMY Ad Contest deadline next Friday

Don't run out of time! The deadline to enter the 2022 PALMY Ad Contest is next Friday, May 20.
The PALMYs recognize the Palmetto State's best, brightest and most enterprising advertising professionals and advertisers, and the impact they have made in their communities.
All member newspapers will receive five free entries thanks to the SCPA Foundation's Smoak Fund.
Start entering today!
Contact us if you need your newspaper's login information or if you have any questions about entering the contest. Good luck!
Retired SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers received a framed copy of a resolution from the S.C. House of Representatives congratulating him on his retirement and commending him for his service to the Palmetto State. Rogers retired last July after 33 years at SCPA. Due to COVID-19, he was unable to be recognized at the House last year and instead was presented a copy of the resolution from SCPA's Jen Madden on Wednesday. Thanks to Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, for introducing this special resolution. 

"Ban this book" 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.

FOI Briefs

Files show Sumter Superintendent Martin-Knox told school board trustee’s wife her contract would end days before illegal motion

A review of personnel files shows less than one week before a Sumter school board member made an impromptu motion to remove the superintendent, his wife was notified her district contract would not be renewed.
The timeline is documented in public records obtained by The Sumter Item through the Freedom of Information Act, a law that ensures public business and officials operate openly in a way that's accessible to the public. After reviewing the personnel file of Vivian McGhaney, the special education curriculum coordinator for Sumter School District, The Sumter Item spoke to her husband, Daryl McGhaney, who represents Area 5 on the school board and serves as its clerk, about the timeline of events leading up to his controversial motion and vote, which was supported by four other board members but has since been invalidated by a judge.
By Bruce Mills, The Sumter Item | Read more

Uncovered: One year later, questions linger about purchases at John de la Howe

South Carolina’s newest governor’s school says it changed its purchasing practices to better adhere to law.
But questions linger about what happened as John de la Howe sought to ready its aging residence halls and sprawling campus near Lake Thurmond for its new mission as the nation’s only agriculture-focused residential high school.
Among the queries the taxpayer-funded agency has yet to answer:
  • Before joining the staff, a person connected to questioned purchases was accused of bilking a woman out of more than $130,000 for an unlivable house. Did the school know about the allegations when he was hired?
  • Information given to Inspector General Brian Lamkin doesn’t match what’s in procurement documents. Did administrators mislead state investigators?
  • Discrepancies exist between what the agency purchased and what contractors installed. What happened to those extra materials?
  • A company given more than $75,000 in no-bid work gave a quote 50 percent higher than the lowest bidder the first time it faced competition. Did the agency overpay to use favored contractors?
These and other questions dog the fledgling governor’s school in the wake of a Post and Courier-led Uncovered investigation last year. The stories triggered at least two state probes into concerns about unethical behavior and problematic purchasing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe.
By Matthew Hensley, Index-Journal | Read more

Legal Briefs

Jenkinsville Water Company sues council member 

Jenkinsville Water Company is suing another Fairfield County elected official.
In litigation filed April 27, the JWC accuses County Councilman Neil Robinson of libel, saying he “recruited” citizens to publicly disparage the water company at council meetings.
The also names Fairfield County Government as a co-defendant, which the suit states is “vicariously liable” for Robinson’s actions. JWC is requesting a jury trial and is seeking unspecified actual, consequential and punitive damages. ...
Jay Bender, a media law attorney for the S.C. Press Association, of which The Voice is a member, called the latest JWC suit “foolish” and “frivolous.” He said the First Amendment protects public criticism of public officials, including JWC board members.
“It’s an abuse of the judicial process for a public official to file a lawsuit against a critic of that public official’s performance,” Bender said.
By Michael Smith, The Voice of Fairfield County | Read more

People & Papers

Dawsey

S.C. native part of Washington Post  Pulitzer Prize winning team

Among the Pulitzer Prize winners announced May 9 was The Washington Post, which won the Public Service award for their coverage of the Jan. 6 assault on Washington, D.C. 
Political investigations and enterprise reporter Josh Dawsey was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer. He got his start in journalism at The Aynor Journal, where he was named editor at age 17. He went on to study journalism at the University of South Carolina, where he served as editor of The Daily Gamecock.  While at UofSC, he was named SCPA’s Collegiate Journalist of the Year and an SCPA Foundation intern at The Island Packet. Dawsey has worked at The Washington Post since 2017. He previously worked for Politico and The Wall Street Journal.

Compelling Writing by Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune,
Writing Coach

Make it humorous

Some compelling writers are naturally funny.
Dave Barry, Jeff Foxworthy and Rick Bragg are among them. 
The rest of us have to work at it. 
The secret is finding humor in crummy experiences. 
Yesterday’s humiliating event becomes today’s funny story. 
Dave Barry once described his colonoscopy that had me in stitches. 
A colonoscopy is a serious procedure but Dave saw the humor in being camped on the throne while a Fleet enema did its work.
Why make it funny? 
99% of us enjoy a joke, self-deprecating humor most of all. 
Humor is therapeutic. 
It relieves tension and makes life more bearable.
Here are examples from a Rick Bragg essay on Thanksgiving in Southern Living magazine.
Rick described a humiliating scene, the day his second grade teacher thought he was being disruptive by commenting that he thought a cornucopia was a dumb idea..
“I was invited to go stand in the hall,” Rick wrote. “It was not my first rodeo.”
Rick wrote that he had been reading about families feasting on roast goose.
“I knew that had to be made up. All the geese I ever encountered were too mean to die. They chased grown men around the yard, even former Marines.”
The families were eating asparagus, Brussels sprouts and “horror beyond horror” artichokes.
“Nobody but nobody consumes an artichoke. It’s something you eat if you lose a bet.”
Suggestion: Start your own file of humorous writing and take a crack at humor yourself
Next: Colorful language
For more tips, read writing coach Jerry Bellune’s The Art of Compelling Writing, available for $9.99 at Amazon.com.

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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