Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  Nov. 10, 2022

SCNN payouts return nearly $37,000 to SCPA member papers

S.C. Newspaper Network (SCNN), the sales arm of SCPA, mailed quarterly advertising network payments totaling more than $37,000 to SCPA member newspapers last week.
These totals include the QuarterPage+ Ad Network payout of $23,709 and the Small Space Display (2x2/2x4/2x6) Advertising Network payout of $13,197. This payout 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.

Last call for Nov. 17 copyright training

Join Attorney Taylor Smith on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2-3 p.m. as we delve into fair use and copyright, especially in the digital space. During this Zoom session, we'll also leave time for your questions. This session is open to SCPA members and is free to attend but you must RSVP

SCPA welcomes several new members

The Executive Committee met last week and approved the following memberships:
Monthly Newspaper Members:
  • The Island Eye News, Sullivan's Island
  • The Island Connection, Kiawah Island
  • The Woodruff Times
Associate Member: High School Sports Report

Individual Members:
  • Tony Kukulich
  • Kenton Makin
  • Hanna Raskin

"Take the fifth" 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

State inspector finds board dysfunction undermining Columbia-area school district

“Petty disagreements and personal attacks” among board members in Richland County School District Two are contributing to “dysfunction” and undermining its educational mission, the state Inspector General found following a months-long probe of alleged misconduct.
A scathing report released Nov. 3 blamed concerns about financial and personal conduct on opposing board factions but shared the blame among all seven members on the governing body of the state’s fifth-largest district. 
Investigators said district staff told them during interviews that students were aware of board behavior during meetings, leading staff to question “student discipline for the same conduct as that exhibited by the board.”
Staff also told investigators that the district’s reputation has been damaged by the board conduct problems, with “job candidates seeking employment elsewhere and experienced teachers leaving the district for other teaching positions or leaving the profession altogether.”
In their meetings, board members over the last four years have only focused on academic-related agenda items 14 percent of the time, the report said.
The Inspector General’s report was the first of its kind since a new law was passed this year allowing the governor to ask the state to review school districts in turmoil. Gov. Henry McMaster asked for the investigation in May after receiving dozens letters and calls from parents complaining about Richland Two leadership.
By T. Michael Boddie and Frank Taylor, The Post and Courier Columbia | Read more

Who are Grace McColgan and Rebecca Schroyer? Here’s what we know so far.

An Ocean Bay Elementary School special education teacher charged with six counts of unlawful neglect toward a child made more than $60,000 in 2021 through her position with Horry County Schools.
Little more is known about 60-year-old Grace McColgan’s ties with South Carolina’s third largest school district. The Sun News has requested McColgan’s personnel file through the Freedom of Information Act.
McColgan’s boss, principal Rebecca Schroyer, was also arrested and charged with two counts of failure to report a child neglect allegation.
McColgan is accused of striking three male students with an open hand on two separate occasions after they kept their heads on a table. An arrest warrant said McColgan also put hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound. 
By Adam Benson, The Sun News | Read more

Teen arrested for turning donuts and damaging Doko Meadows Park

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a male juvenile accused of vandalizing Doko Meadows Park.
The teen was arrested on Oct. 18, according to Sara Blann, a public information officer with the Sheriff’s department. He was charged with vandalism and released into the custody of a parent. ...
In a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from The Voice, a sheriff’s department representative said it would cost The Voice $200 to receive the sheriff’s email communications with Town of Blythewood leaders concerning the Doko Park vandalism incident.
The Voice submitted a similar FOIA request to The Town of Blythewood, which denied the newspaper’s request, possibly in violation of the FOIA.
Town Administrator Carroll Williamson said releasing emails to and from elected town leaders would “interfere with a prospective law enforcement proceeding.”
Jay Bender, an attorney with the S.C. Press Association, of which The Voice is a member, said the exemption cited by Williamson applies to law enforcement records, such as police reports, not political or administrative discussions about a crime.
“I would make the argument that political discussions are not exempt from disclosure,” Bender said.
By Barbara Ball, The Voice of Blythewood | Read more 

People & Papers

Brad Nettles retires after 44 years at The Post and Courier. Here are some of his favorite images

Imagine growing up in the newsroom, watching the press run, being photographed at the age of one and again at five and then getting hired to work the next four decades photographing your community.
This is the story of Brad Nettles.
Nov. 4 was Brad's last day at The Post and Courier after working 44 years in the place he grew up and calls home.
Here are some of his favorite images.

Porto and LaRoche to join UNC Hussman faculty, bringing deep professional insights and strengthening focus on business acumen

Marisa Porto and Michelle LaRoche will join the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media faculty in January 2023, bolstering the school’s expertise in sustainable local news and business journalism.
Porto — an entrepreneurial leader who has served in strategic roles with media, nonprofits, startups and higher education — expands the school’s commitment to local news as the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Local News and Sustainability.
LaRoche — currently the Baldwin Chair in Business and Financial Journalism at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications with deep journalism experience at leading business and financial news outlets — builds the school’s strength in business journalism as its Hussman Professor of Business Journalism.

Industry Briefs

Free virtual conversation on democracy in the digital age

INFORMED brings together key leaders and experts to engage around the biggest questions at the intersection of technology, media, and democracy.
Presented by Knight Foundation, the gathering will be an important opportunity for policymakers, researchers and the private sector to discuss the latest trends and research in this emerging field, while strengthening relationships that lead to more informed policy in the public interest.
Internet technologies have brought unprecedented social advantages and helped democratize access to information and ideas. However, in recent years, these same technologies have also been exploited to mislead, disenfranchise and undermine democracy. As the internet continues to evolve, the challenges to an informed citizenry are likely to intensify in years to come. INFORMED will be a critical forum to explore these challenges and viable solutions. There is no fee to attend the virtual convening.

These 4 tips can turn inflation into an opportunity for media companies

Mather’s analysis of pricing during an inflationary period uses data on print and digital subscribers from more than 200 news media publications whose subscribers had renewal price changes from 2020 to 2022.
Statistical analysis of print and digital subscriber behaviour yields insights into how print and digital news media subscribers react to price changes and inflation. These insights can guide publishers’ strategic subscription pricing decisions as part of their reader revenue strategy.
By Nathan Hart and Luke Boutwell, Mather Economics | Read more

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