Constitution change requires papers to publish continuously for six months for membership
The SCPA constitution has been changed to require that newspapers must have been published continuously for six months prior to admission.
The action came at the association’s business meeting in Greenville on March 23.
“We have had issues in the past where a newspaper applies, is approved and then disappears from sight,” said Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director. “This provision is a good one that adds stability to our membership.”
SCPA currently has 16 daily newspaper members and 92 weekly newspaper members.
Click here to view the constitution.

USPS to continue Saturday delivery
The National Newspaper Association yesterday welcomed a decision by the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to continue Saturday mail delivery while it awaits postal reform legislation from Congress.
NNA president Merle Baranczyk, publisher of the Mountain Mail in Salida, CO, also warned NNA will oppose increases in postage rates at a time when closing mail processing facilities are degrading newspaper delivery service nationwide. 
"The mission of the Postal Service is in its name: it is service. Without reliable service, no price is fair. NNA is working with the Postal Service to do all we can to help newspapers avoid the impacts of the system changes, but we need universal service for our communities and our newspapers. We also believe the ultimate responsibility rests with Congress and we will continue our vigorous advocacy on behalf of community newspapers to pass important postal reform legislation."

PALMY Ad Contest rules will be available Monday
More than ever before, our industry needs determined, bright and enterprising ad designers and sales representatives to fulfill our mission of serving readers and advertisers, all of whom deserve our very best effort. Now is the time to recognize the Palmetto State's best ad designers, sales reps and advertisers for their hard work in 2012.
On Monday, April 15, rules for the PALMY Ad Contest will be available on the website and emailed to ad directors.
The entry deadline will be May 31.
Due to low attendance at the PALMY awards luncheon over the past several years, SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers will present awards at each newspaper. SCPA staff will work with papers to make the events special. We'll have more details about winners' options in June. SCPA will continue to post the slideshow of winning ads on the Web as a resource for your sales reps and designers.

Opinion: FOIA applies to police, too
The Post and Courier
The Charleston Police Department’s decision to withhold information about a Saturday shooting involving one of its officers suggests that law enforcement officials pick which laws to enforce — and which not to.
South Carolina law is clear: A law enforcement agency must release its crime reports, including supplemental documents, unless it can show that releasing them would interfere with a prospective police action.
Fortunately, the State Law Enforcement Division, which is handling the investigation, released on Tuesday all information sought by The Post and Courier.
But that doesn’t change the law requiring the CPD to have done so before then.
According to SCPA Attorney Jay Bender, “If CPD generated a report, you’re entitled to that report.” It doesn’t matter that SLED is investigating.
That resistance to being forthright by CPD — even withholding the names of the officer and suspect — temporarily cast a shadow on the department. But it turns out the officer involved was acting in a heroic manner.
The Charleston Police Department has made it a point to encourage members of the public to speak up if they know something about crimes that occur. Chief Greg Mullen has credited tips from the community with solving major cases.
But in this case, the department didn’t give people enough information even to know if they could be helpful.
It seems they are being told, “Tell us everything you know when we ask you, but we’ll tell you only what we want to when you ask.”
The Charleston Police Department should do its own examination of the state’s freedom of information law, and should resolve to mend its secretive ways.

Haley: Public records law should apply to legislators
Gov. Nikki Haley criticized state lawmakers earlier this month for delaying passage of a bill that would require them to comply with South Carolina’s public records law.
“What is it that they are afraid to share?” asked Haley during a conference call with journalists.
Last month, Haley lauded 11 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, including Rep. Don Bowen of Anderson, for working to eliminate an exemption that legislators now have from the state’s FOIA.
Hours later, the proposal hit a roadblock when the GOP-controlled House sent it back to a committee for further review. Bowen, a fourth-term Republican, was one of five lawmakers that Haley had singled out for praise who voted to return the measure to the House Judiciary Committee.
Bowen said Thursday that he believes that the state’s public records law should apply to legislators.
“I don’t do anything that I would be afraid for anyone to see,” he said.
Three other members of Anderson County’s legislative delegation — Sen. Kevin Bryant and House members Mike Gambrell and Josh Putnam — said they would be willing to follow the public records law, provided that they don’t have to reveal sensitive personal information received from constituents.
The release of such information is already prohibited under state law, said Bill Rogers, SCPA executive director. But Rogers said his group would not object to putting specific language in the House bill to address this concern.
Rogers said he welcomed Haley’s support for removing the legislative exemption in the public records law.
“She is backing it and that’s great,” he said.
Haley said that the Freedom of Information Act overhaul is just one aspect of ethics reform that the General Assembly should approve during the second half of this year’s legislative session.

Wilder named group revenue director for S.C. Civitas newspapers
Don Wilder has been named the new customer relations manager and group revenue director of the South Carolina Group of Civitas Media’s publications, which include The Newberry Observer, The Herald Independent in Winnsboro, The Union Daily Times, The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and the Powdersville Post. He also will serve as the General Manager of the Newberry facility.
Wilder replaces David Emmons who has returned to Florida to spend more time with his family.
Wilder, a longtime resident of the Upstate, has published newspapers in Union, and most recently as chief executive officer of Hometown News Co., a group of newspapers in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Newberry counties.
Wilder served as publisher of The Union Daily Times from 1972 to 1995 when he was transferred as publisher to The Williamson Daily News in Williamson, W.Va. He left Williamson in 1996 to take over the management of Hometown News Co. in Spartanburg.
Wilder served as Highway Commissioner of the then 4th Congressional District consisting of Union and York counties and was the first chairman of the Union Highway Committee. He is the recipient of “The Order of The Palmetto,” South Carolina’s highest citizen award.
During his newspaper career, Wilder has served twice on the Executive Committee of the S.C. Press Association, and once on the Executive Committee of the West Virginia Press Association.

Herald-Leader names new advertising vice president
Kim Woods, vice president of advertising and interactive at the Bradenton Herald newspaper in Florida, has been named vice president of advertising for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
Before joining the Bradenton Herald, Woods was vice president of advertising at The Herald newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C. She has more than 20 years of experience in advertising sales and management with The McClatchy Company.
Woods served twice on SCPA's Executive Committee.

Five USC J-School students attend national business writing conference in Washington, D.C.

Four USC School of Journalism students won scholarships to attend the Society of American Business Editors and Writers spring conference in Washington, D.C. last week. The scholarships are a project of USC’s Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative, which funds business journalism education and programs through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Among the recipients were Colin Campbell, a print journalism major and the former editor of The Daily Gamecock;
Cherrelle Wade, a mass communications major who is interested in political reporting; and Thad Moore, a political science major and news editor at The Daily Gamecock.
The students attended various workshops with working journalists and editors from around the country and wrote articles about the conference for the SABEW website. Click here to read the students' writing.
Separately, USC journalism student Cassie Cope attended the SABEW conference as the winner of the 2012-13 David J. Morrow Business Journalism Scholarship. The Morrow scholarship was established by SABEW in memory of SABEW board member and SJMC alumnus David J. Morrow, class of 1983, who died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer. The scholarship supports undergraduate or graduate students interested in business and financial journalism. Cope, who is also a former SCPA intern, created a short video about the students' experience at SABEW.

SCPA strips wins from photographer who entered work that was not her own
S.C. Press Association contest awards to a weekly photographer have been taken away because she entered photographs taken by others as her own on three of her entries.  Second or third-place winners have elevated in the four impacted categories.
The newspaper involved, The News and Reporter in Chester, self-reported the problem with entries from Holly Hindman to SCPA. Ten of her entered photographs were not taken by the photographer.
Contests involved and the new winners in the Weekly 2-3 Times a Week division are:

  • Feature photo: First Place --The Summerville Journal Scene, Stefan Rogenmoser, “Charleston 9 memorial.” Second Place -- The Hartsville Messenger, Bob Sloan, "President's Day Parade."
  • Sports action photo: First Place -- The Summerville Journal Scene, Shane Roper, “Stratford at Summerville.” Second Place -- The Press and Standard, Drew Tripp, "Brushed Back." Third Place: The Press & Standard, Drew Tripp, "Close Shave."
  • Personality Photograph or Portrait: First Place –The News and Reporter, Travis Jenkins, “Pig Lover.” Second Place -- The Cherokee Chronicle, Tommy Martin, "Indian Joe."
  • General News photo:  Second Place --The Press and Standard, George Salsberry, “Victory Embrace.”

New plaques and certificates will be distributed to the new winners in these contests.
SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers thanked The News and Reporter for coming forward when the problems were discovered.  “The integrity of our contest is paramount and we feel it is appropriate to strip Ms. Hindman of all of her awards, even for the photos she took.”
Hindman is no longer employed by the paper.

Deeper data dive finds $5.5 billion in uncounted newspaper industry revenue
By Rick Edmonds, Poynter
Years of negative reports on ad revenue losses could leave the newspaper industry muttering, “I demand a recount.” The NAA has just completed such an exercise and found some solid gains that have been overlooked previously in its own measurements. New statistics released produced these findings:
• Circulation revenue was up 5 percent year-to-year in 2012. That is the result of new digital-only subscriptions and the higher prices being charged for print-only and print-plus-digital bundles. Paid print circulation volume continued to fall during the year, but that was more than made up for by the higher rates.
• “Other” revenues from a variety of related businesses rose 8 percent for the year, led by digital marketing services up 91 percent over 2011.
• These new revenue streams, together with niche publishing, weeklies and direct mail, not previously measured by NAA, accounted for $5.5 billion in 2012 revenues.
• So the industry’s total revenue for the year was just $38.6 billion, compared to roughly $33 billion if ad revenue ($22.5 billion) and circulation revenue ($10.5 billion) were the only activities counted.
• Though ad revenue fell 6 percent for the year, total industry revenue was off only 2 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.

Darlington Race credential request deadline is April 26
The deadline to submit media credential requests for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race at the Darlington Raceway is April 26.
Race weekend is May 10-11.
To apply, submit this credential request form. A photographer agreement also needs to be filled out for still or video photographers only wishing to shoot the race.
All submitted requests will be reviewed and if approved will be available for pickup at the Darlington credential office at the hours listed on this credential cover letter.
For more information, contact Dennis Worden at

Opinion: 'No offense, illegal immigrants,' on AP Stylebook change
The Post and Courier
It makes sense to provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who meet reasonable standards. That’s why we support comprehensive immigration reform which includes that practical stipulation.
It doesn’t make sense to stop calling illegal immigrants illegal immigrants.
Yet The Associated Press has done just that.
The wire service announced the change in a Tuesday blog. In that posting, AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll’s wrote that “ ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”
She added that AP also has rejected “descriptions such as ‘undocumented,’ despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise.”
So what should we call the folks that we have been calling illegal immigrants?
From the updated AP Stylebook:
“Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.”
And: “People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally.”
Really? Even if they weren’t legally brought into the country?
The ever-rising modern tide of hypersensitivity, while obviously a powerful force, can’t negate this reality:
Man, woman or child, an immigrant is either in the United States legally or illegally.
Hence, he or she is either a legal immigrant or an illegal immigrant.
That’s not a slur.
That’s a fact.
And we still think the most precise way to describe a person is generally the best way in a newspaper, where extra words consume extra space.
The notion that “illegal immigrant” is an offensive term is at best silly, at worst an evasion of truth.
Sure, there are some offensive synonyms for “illegal immigrant.”
But “illegal immigrant” isn’t one of them.
As for those “acceptable variations” of “living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission,” thanks, but no thanks.
We’ll stick with “illegal immigrant” — and with our backing of a pathway to citizenship as a crucial element of immigration reform.

AP Style: 'Underway" and numerals
By Doug Fisher, Common Sense Journalism
I'm going to take a bow here - AP FINALLY is making two changes I have urged for years. Revealed at the ACES convention in St. Louis:
underway - Now one word in all uses. Editor-at-Large Darrell Christian says it's to conform to the dictionary. Frankly, AP was being outflanked by even common usage in newspapers. This follows last year's change of "work force" to "workforce."
Numerals - The entry will now be consolidated and expanded in an attempt, as Christian said, to bring things all together and simplify while not sending people hither and yon through the stylebook looking for variations. It will be about four pages long. (David Minthorn noted there were several hundred related possible entries.)
One wrinkle on this - all distances will now be figures. So you no longer need to distinguish between dimensions and distances. The pipe was 3 feet long (dimension) and now he ran 4 miles or the town was 6 square miles.
In a way, however, the AP is complicating things a bit here - why not also take on the duration versus age dichotomy and use all figures there? He is 5 years old -- as it is now -- but why not also he was sentenced to 5 years' probation?
I've urged for some time that the AP simplify its arcane numeral entries. My suggestion was to spell out everything between one and nine unless a dollar sign or something similar preceded it. It works fine for the Wall Street Journal, for instance.
But if the digital -- and especially the mobile -- age requires shortening and figures, I'm fine with that too -- just do it across the board.
And here's another:
Moped: Now one word, not that awkward "mo-ped" that so many ignored anyhow. Did anyone really think that in context people would think it meant wandering around listlessly?
AP's David Minthorn repeatedly says the stylebook is "coming into compliance with the dictionary." So, AP, maybe it's also time to consider changing dictionaries. Webster's New World College 4th (when will we get a 5th - it was supposed to be this spring) is the more conservative -- and, frankly, the most out of step, of the three majors. Merriam-Webster still has its haters as too liberal. So why not American Heritage 5? It has the benefit of much better explanations than Webster's of the reasoning behind lots of its entries.
So will AP also change "gantlet/gauntlet" to favor gauntlet (run the gauntlet) as M-W and AH do?

Follow the Money has info on how S.C. bills, campaign contributions
Have you ever sat in a committee hearing, wondering why a legislator is supporting or opposing a particular bill? FollowTheMoney has a comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses. You can examine the complete records of who has contributed to those lawmakers' campaigns, and how much they gave.
The National Institute on Money in State Politics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.
Here are some highlights from S.C. reports:
The top five 2011–2012 donors, excepting political parties, to current S.C. legislators:

South Carolina Farm Bureau


South Carolina Trucking Association


South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association


Palmetto Leadership Council


SCANA Corporation


According to Follow the Money, their site now has 99% of the campaign finance reports available for S.C. legislators, free for all to access. 

Journalism orgs launch free ebook for preventing, detecting and handling plagiarism and fabrication
By Craig Silverman, Poynter
By the end of last summer, I was worn out.
It seemed like every week brought a new, awful incident of plagiarism or fabrication at news organizations large and small. My job was to write about all of them, to try and get more information about what happened and why, and to make sense of what was taking place.
A lot of the time I was rebuffed by senior newsroom staffers when asking for more information or basic disclosure.
Why I was expending so much effort when it seemed no one wanted to talk about what was going on? I was frustrated, and I channeled that into a post called “Journalism’s Summer of Sin marked by plagiarism, fabrication, obfuscation”, which listed every recent known incident and called out newsroom leaders for being unwilling to engage and show accountability.
“When the worst happens at a news organization, wagons are circled, stonewalls erected,” I said. “It’s a corrosive form of hypocrisy when — in a moment of crisis — journalists do the exact things that drive them crazy.”
I didn’t expect much to happen when I suggested journalism associations come together “to have their ethics committees (and/or boards) look at this issue, gather what material and policies they have, and determine what guidance they can offer to newsrooms. This needs to be an initiative that cuts across organizations, mediums and disciplines to serve all journalists.”
Then I got an email from American Copy Editors Society President Teresa Schmedding that basically said, “Okay, let’s do this.”
The result is the National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication taking place today in St. Louis, and the release of a free ebook, “Telling the Truth and Nothing But”, that offers the kind of specific guidance and useful information that newsrooms need to detect, prevent and handle incidents of plagiarism and fabrication.
Under Schmedding’s leadership,14 news organizations, 10 journalism institutions, and 10 journalism associations collaborated on the book and the Summit. It’s exactly what I suggested, but I never expected to see this day. All the credit goes to her and the leaders and contributors who stepped up to produce the book and gathering in a very short period of time.
As for the book, it’s a fantastic resource for any editorial operation.
In just under 50 pages, “Telling the Truth and Nothing But” manages to define the problem(s), address who commits these offenses and attempt to explain them. Most important, it’s filled with useful and actionable advice and strategies for newsrooms and other editorial operations.
Solved! Kevin fixes everything at once
Sometimes I'm in a quandary when it comes to deciding the topic for my column.
So today, I took to Facebook – you've probably heard of it – and asked journalists to key in with their own thoughts. My post:
Should my column today focus on (choose one):
1. The state of the industry, in particular
what is going on in the Syracuse N.Y. area
2. Technology and software
3. Reaction to my recent speeches and columns
concerning the Newhouse/New Orleans situation
I knew that options #1 and #3 were similar
and could skew the results, but I threw caution
to the wind and asked anyway. Within a
few minutes, I had 44 responses. I discarded
those from non-journalists.
Four great sales questions
As the old saying goes, "Knowledge is power." In a sales context, the more you know about your prospects, the better you will be able to tailor your product – in this case, advertising – to their needs.
The best way to get information is to ask the right questions. Open-ended questions (which invite longer responses) are better than closed-ended questions (which invite yes/no or short answers). Let's take a look at four of the most effective sales questions, listed here in no particular order.
1. What do you do that your competitors don't do? Differentiation is at the heart of a marketing. What makes your prospect's business different? What makes it stand out? What services or products can she provide that others can't?