Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  Aug. 31, 2023

RSVP for Sept. 14 FOI/Legal Zoom training

Join SCPA  Attorney Taylor Smith on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2-3:15 p.m. for a refresher on the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and libel. If you are new to the Palmetto State or just need a refresher, sign up for this helpful session.
This session is only open to SCPA members and is free to attend. 
If you have specific questions or topics that you’d like Taylor to address, you are welcome to email us in advance.
Please let us know if you'd like to attend.

Please upload election notices to

All public notices related to regular and special elections should be added to our statewide public notice site. Since these run as display ads, not all are being manually added or auto-fed into the system. SCPA is happy to add these important notices to for you! Please email us the PDF or let us know the run date and we'll pull the notices from your e-edition. Thanks for your help with this important project that ensures the public's right to know!

Plan for shipping time when ordering press IDs

If you've recently hired new sports stringers and need press IDs for football, please place your orders as early in the week as possible to ensure IDs arrive to your newspaper in time.
We mail photo press ID orders via USPS Priority Mail, which typically takes a few days to arrive, but is not guaranteed. If you place your order mid-week and need guaranteed Friday delivery, you can pay for two-day or overnight shipping, which is substantially more expensive. 
All orders must come from SCPA member newspaper editors. Freelancers must contact their editor to order a card.

Be alert... ad scam making the rounds in SC

We’ve had a couple members report getting scam emails asking for pricing for 52-week full page ads. Be aware this is happening and ensure that any orders you get are from legitimate companies. Keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Last week SCPA presented The Daniel Island News with their PALMY awards on a sunset cruise. The newspaper won the President's Award for Best Overall Weekly Newspaper Advertising and Jan Marvin and Ronda Schilling took home Best of Show in the Under 7,500 division. 

FOIA Briefs

Greenville County calls legislators’ budget lawsuit a political masquerade

Days after a group of local state legislators sued Greenville County Council for what they say was illegal adoption of a budget that raised taxes for the first time in three decades, the council’s chairman has spoken out, calling the suit more about politics than legality.
Council Chairman Dan Tripp’s response came in the form of a prepared statement issued Aug. 24 on the lawsuit filed Aug. 21.
“This is a political disagreement masquerading as a lawsuit,” Tripp said in the statement. “The County carefully followed the prescribed laws and rules in approving by a supermajority of votes its budgets. We will vigorously defend the integrity and lawfulness of our budget process.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Greenville-area legislators — state Sen. Dwight Loftis and Reps. Mike Burns, Patrick Haddon, Adam Morgan, Alan Morgan and Ashley Trantham. The Simpsonville-based South Carolina Public Interest Foundation is also a plaintiff.
The dispute centers on how the council approves county budgets on a two-year cycle instead of annually and whether the county did so with proper public involvement, including an allegation of a “secret meeting.” ...
The suit alleges a quorum of the council met June 6 in a closed-door meeting that was not announced to the public to discuss the budget. Such a meeting would be in violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
“At that meeting a poll took place about the pending votes and efforts were made to encourage councilors to support the budget,” the complaint states. “With a quorum present this should have been publicly announced, open to the public, and minutes of that meeting should have been taken.”
By Eric Connor, The Post and Courier Greenville | Read more
Related Editorial: Secret budget debate is egregious even by SC standards (The Post and Courier)

People & Papers

Bennettsville native Cheris Hodges has been named the editor of the Herald-Advocate. Photo by Jacqueline Hough

Hodges named editor of Herald-Advocate

Bennettsville native Cheris Hodges has joined the Herald-Advocate as the paper’s editor.
Hodges is a 1995 graduate of Marlboro County High School.
Following graduation, she enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University, where she majored in journalism.
Hodges graduated from JCSU in 1999 and immediately began her career in journalism at The Covington News in Covington, Ga.
She began her career covering crime in the Atlanta suburb.
Her next stop was in Winston-Salem, N.C. where she worked as the features editor for The Chronicle.
During her time at that paper, Hodges won a North Carolina Press Association award for community journalism.
She spent time at the News & Record’s High Point bureau and covered the aftermath of September 11th in North Carolina.
Hodges returned to Charlotte in 2003, becoming the features editor of The Charlotte Post. While working for the Post, she covered college and professional sports, including the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets.
Following her stint at the Post, Hodges covered news and event for Creative Loafing Charlotte, an alt-weekly newspaper. Most recently, Hodges also worked for the Laurinburg Exchange as a staff writer and editor. But being home is a new journey that she is most excited about.
“Marlboro County is a special place, and I’m excited to be here to tell the best stories about the county,” she said. “People deserve to know what’s happening where they live. Why the street may be closed in their neighborhood and how it will impact their daily lives and for how long. To me, that’s what’s important about journalism.”
From the Herald-Advocate | Read more
By Joan Yates, Editor, The Link

It’s been a great time

By the time most of you read this, The Link newspaper will have a new editor.
You have given me the honor of bearing that title for nearly eight years, almost half of the life of The Link.
More than that, you have given me the honor of getting to know you – councils, commissions, law enforcement, fire departments, civic organizations and individuals.
You have told me your stories, and we have laughed, cried, celebrated and prayed together. You have let me be your chaplain.
Since Nov. 2, 2015, I have tried to uphold the goals of founding editor Leighton Bell: to tell the truth, to tell it accurately and to tell it without bias in so far as I possibly could. Sometimes I did that better than other times.
Leighton was a great role model, and I had the privilege of working with him from the beginning of The Link, back when his “desk” was the top of a file cabinet because there was not yet a newspaper office. Fortunately, LB was tall enough to see the screen of his laptop.
In those early days, my job was to handle the front desk and to be the newspaper proofreader.  Read more

Greenville News, Herald-Journal, Independent Mail transitioning to postal delivery

Starting Monday, Oct. 9, the U.S. Postal Service will be delivering the Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Anderson Independent Mail as part of an effort to improve delivery consistency and optimize resources amidst ongoing labor challenges, fluctuating fuel prices, competition for workers from door-to-door delivery services and increasing digital demand.
Leveraging the Postal Service will enable the Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Anderson Independent Mail to deliver improved customer service while mitigating the challenges of inconsistent delivery some subscribers have experienced. The transition ensures print subscribers continue to enjoy timely deliveries, while benefiting from the Postal Service’s network and expertise.
The round-the-clock online news cycle has made digital products the first choice for breaking-news readers, and print subscribers are increasingly engaging digitally.
From Greenville News | Read more

Post and Courier lifts paywall during Hurricane Idalia

The Post and Courier is prepped to continue publication and delivery to subscribers during Hurricane Idalia. The newspaper's digital paywall has been lifted on all storm-related stories to serve our community with timely information and the storm coverage is accessible without a subscription until the storm has passed or until further notice. This up to date information can be found at The Hurricane Wire newsletter will send daily updates via email to those who have signed up starting on Tuesday, August 29, and the E-Paper is also available for subscribers.
Our award-winning newsroom will be fully staffed 24/7 with breaking news, updates, continuous weather reports and information vital to the Lowcountry and South Carolina as a whole throughout the storm. 
Larissa Ferretti delivers papers with her two girls, Carolina (age six) and Brooke (age three). Here, the girls pick up papers in a wagon from the Daniel Island News office.

Daniel Island News celebrates National Newspaper Carrier Day

Newsflash: Paperboys still get the job done. 
Daniel Island News’ carriers look a little different from the first paperboy hired 180 years ago in New York City. Today’s carriers might be a little older, more gender varied, and use different methods of transportation than 10-year-old Blarney Flaherty, who was hired in 1833, but they still fulfill the same mission.
Flaherty responded to an advertisement in “The Sun,” calling for “steady men” to apply. This didn’t deter Flaherty and soon after the streets of New York were filled with cries of “Paper! Get your paper here!” Since then, the news industry has transformed, but one thing hasn’t changed: your local paper carriers still bring the news right to your door. 
Sept. 4 is the anniversary of Flaherty’s hiring and is now celebrated as National Newspaper Carrier Day. 
From the island to Clements Ferry Road, to the Belle Hall Shopping Center, six Daniel Island News carriers distribute a total of 6,000 newspapers each week (4,200 homes, 1,800 businesses). Working odd hours, rain or shine, these are the quiet heroes behind The Daniel Island News.
By Emma Slaven, The Daniel Island News | Read more

Industry Briefs

Journalism has seen a substantial rise in philanthropic spending over the past 5 years, a study says

There has been a “substantial” increase in philanthropic spending for journalism over the past five years, particularly outlets that serve poor and minority communities, a report issued on Thursday said — but journalists need to tighten ethical rules that govern the new spending, it recommended.
The struggling news industry is increasingly relying on donations and subscriptions, although it hasn’t come close to making up for the collapse in advertising that has led to the dramatic drop in outlets that cover local news.
More than half of funders surveyed by NORC at the University of Chicago said they have increased their journalism grants. Most nonprofit and for-profit news organizations report more funding.
By David Bauder, Associated Press | Read more

Gimme your email: The power of first-party data in today’s digital age

As third-party cookies decline, and search and social media channels become less effective for growth, gaining a deeper understanding of subscribers and potential subscribers is an opportunity for media companies of all sizes. This deeper understanding begins with the collection and appropriate use of first-party data.
During this session at LMA Fest in Chicago, the panel shed light on the practical ways news businesses can harness and optimize first-party data to boost revenue and enhance customer interaction.
By Dorrine Mendoza, Local Media Association | Read more

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