SCPA Foundation selects 3 interns; names Mundy Scholar
The S.C. Press Association Foundation is sending three college students for paid internships at S.C. newspapers this summer. A Mundy Scholar has also been chosen.
As the 2013 Mundy Scholar, Shamira McCray will receive $3,000 to put toward her education at Winthrop. 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.
McCray is a native of Lynchburg and is a rising senior mass communication major. She is currently the news editor of The Johnsonian, Winthrop’s student newspaper.
Also at Winthrop, she is the secretary of the university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. After graduation, Shamira plans to begin a career in journalism and work hard to fulfill her passion as a writer.
“Writing is one of the best ways I am able to express myself and communicate. Mixing that with my love of news would make the perfect job,” McCray said. “After serving as the news editor for The Johnsonian and interning at the News & Reporter, I have been assured that a job in journalism is for me.”
The internship program promotes the value of working at newspapers in the Palmetto State and benefits students as they begin their professional careers.
Meet the 2013 interns
Amanda Coyne, USC
Amanda Coyne was selected to intern at The State in Columbia. She is a political science major and journalism minor at USC.
Coyne, a New York native, is also serving as the summer editor-in-chief of USC's campus newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. She has worked as a photographer and government and schools reporter for her hometown paper, the Warwick Valley Dispatch, which is still printed on its own in-house mechanical press.
"My dream is to report on government, politics and crime for a major metro daily when I graduate, and I know my internship at The State is a great, solid step towards that," Coyne said. "I look forward to covering the city that I have already adopted as my new home in more depth and working with the reporters and editors I've always respected. I hope to take my experiences covering Columbia for The State and use them to expand The Daily Gamecock's city coverage."
Sydney Patterson, USC
USC rising senior journalism student Sydney Patterson's editing internship with the Morning News in Florence will be her first with a professional news organization, and she's excited to get started.
"Editing is what I'm most passionate about, and I can't wait to spend the summer working in my ideal job," Patterson said. "I also hope to get involved with the Morning News' website and video production, so I'm excited about that, too."
Patterson is from Lancaster and has worked for The Daily Gamecock since the first week of her freshman year. She will be Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Gamecock in the fall.
David Thackham, Winthrop
David Thackham, a rising senior journalism major at Winthrop University, will spend his summer reporting for the Fort Mill Times. Thackham, of Walhalla, has served with Winthrop’s student newspaper, The Johnsonian, for three years. He has a strong background in sports reporting, as well as feature stories, skills he developed during his first internship at The (Seneca) Journal. After studying abroad in Ireland for the past semester, Thackham will return to The Johnsonian this fall as sports editor. He served as news editor in 2012.
Thackham has freelanced with The Herald in Rock Hill and completed a series of feature stories connecting with the lives of former Clemson University athletes in honor of their Hall of Fame induction.
“An internship with the Fort Mill Times is a brilliant opportunity to hone my reporting skills and solidify my passion for journalism,” Thackham said. “My goal is to work with a well-respected newspaper after graduation and the Times will give me the experience I need to be ready for that chance.”
After the summer is over, SCPA will update you on each of the intern's experience.
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Two spots remain for Foundation newsroom coaching
If you want to schedule a visit by the SCPA Foundation's newsroom coach, sign up soon. Only two spots remain and they will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis.
So far, six weeklies and four dailies are registered.
There is no cost to the member newspaper, just mileage costs from Columbia. The coach’s honorarium is being paid by the SCPA Foundation.
Our coach this summer is Dr. Deborah Gump, visiting journalism professor at the USC School of Journalism. She will
visit newsrooms across the state to do critiques and training sessions for reporters and editors. Gump will spend at least a half day at each newspaper. Training session topics include: writing the story for the reader, layout, copy editing, headline writing and other topics desired by your staff.
“This is a great chance to get some feedback and advice from a top-notch journalist,” said Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director. If you'd like one of the two remaining spots, call or email Bill Rogers. This project is open to newspaper members only.
Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe
By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for the Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.
In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.
"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of the Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," Pruitt said.
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Editor and Vice President
The Sun News, Myrtle Beach
What do you like best about your job?
The chance to work with talented and courageous journalists who are determined to uphold our standards while exploring the incalculable opportunities for gathering and sharing information presented by today's technology.
What is your proudest moment from your career in the newspaper industry?
Watching students I taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and young journalists I've worked with since then succeed wildly in their careers.
How do you view the future of the newspaper industry?
I believe it's time to stop calling it the "newspaper" industry and think of it as an information industry. There will always be a need for a trusted source of information, whether that information is delivered on paper, device or by telepathy. (I mean who knows what the future will bring.)
What's your favorite SCPA member service?
Do I have to pick one? How about my top 3: legal resources; lobbying; and training opportunities.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?
Trisha O'Connor, who was my boss at the Charlotte Observer and at The Sun News. She is a role-model leader who understands the challenges and opportunities journalism faces today.
What are some area attractions/restaurants in your community visitors shouldn't miss?
My favorite local restaurants that many may miss is Mrs. Fish in Myrtle Beach, and Bistro 90 on S.C. 90 just north of S.C. 22. My favorite places to take visitors include Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park in Georgetown County and Wonderworks at Broadway at the Beach if there are kids involved.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I know all the words to Bette Midler's monologue in "The Rose."
If you could change one thing about the newspaper industry, what would it be?
Our "head in the sand" stance on digital delivery of news until recently. If we'd used the "online first" approach we're using now 10 or 15 years ago, we'd be ahead of the curve instead of hanging on to the guardrail.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to spend time at the barn where we board and ride our horse, kayak on the Waccamaw River, travel and sing along to the music on my playlist.
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|USC Libraries home to collection of newspaper artist Jak Smyrl
USC Libraries is now home to a collection of more than 5,000 images, plus correspondence, sketchbooks, and even early elementary-school artwork by The State newspaper’s first staff artist, Oscar Jackson “Jak” Smyrl (1923-2007).
In 1949, while he was still a student at the University of South Carolina, Smyrl was hired by The State newspaper to perform a variety of duties, including writing and illustrating articles. He was named staff artist in 1955, a position he held until he retired in 1986. He is perhaps best known for his satirical maps of various places in South Carolina, his design of the USC “Fighting Gamecock,” and cartoons dealing with the Carolina-Clemson rivalry. A dog with a broken tail was his trademark image.
“Jak was the first artist who worked with The State newspaper, and he met every deadline at The State for 37 years,” said Betty Smyrl, his wife. “At first, he did everything: he wrote articles, illustrated all the reporters’ articles, touched up photos for the photography department. When he became the staff artist, his focus was on illustrating articles about the people and events in his beloved home state. People of all walks of life loved his work and it appealed to so many people. I still have people approach me and tell me how much they miss Jak’s work.”
Smyrl truly was an artist of the people.
Several items from the collection are currently on display in the South Caroliniana Library’s Olin D. Johnston Room, with plans for a larger exhibit in the near future. A private celebratory event will take place Tuesday, May 14. The collection is expected to be open to the public by the end of May. In 2014, USC Press will publish a biography and coffee table book about Smyrl’s life and work.
|New research finds 92% of time spent on news consumption is still on legacy platforms
By Rick Edmonds, Poynter
Here is a surprising statistic from leading consultants McKinsey and Company: When you measure news consumption in the U.S. by time spent, rather than raw audience numbers, digital platforms are getting only 8% of the action.
McKinsey data show 35% of news consumption remains in newspapers and magazines, 16% in radio and other audio, and 41% television. Smart phones and tablets each account for 2% of time spent and desktop/laptop 4%.
Total time spent on the platforms yields a very different picture. Digital devices get slightly more than half of total media time — about 10 times more than newspapers and magazines. However the extended time news consumers spend with print — compared to short sessions on digital — multiplies its share sevenfold when only news consumption is considered.
The proprietary research, not previously published, was part of a presentation that McKinsey principal Michael Lamb gave to the INMA World Congress in New York a few weeks ago.
Let's stop being our own worst bully
By Suzanne Raitt, INMA
Unrelenting negativity and half-truths. This is what bullies use to belittle. This is what we as an industry do to ourselves. And if we want this to change, we need to change our tune.
The economy is tough. Lots of industries are facing challenges. Our industry is saddled with … well, let's not go there, as the problems are often discussed.
But there is so much to be proud of. So much that we can and should shout from the rooftops.
Newspapers are everywhere that consumers want them. We embraced devices that allow people to visit our sites: computers, tablets, e-readers, and mobile phones. And we did this fast and before other media.
We are empowering ourselves with social media. We have news on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.
We are experimenting and getting out of our comfort zone. Some offer electronic books. Others undertake local events. We are strategically partnering with our newspaper competitor brethren – with initiatives such as sharing delivery and creating co-owned Web sites (e.g. for recruitment).
All this — and advertisements still work in newspapers. Our strength is the trust that consumers have in our editorial product. As such, they trust the ads in newspapers more than any other medium.
New Orleans newspaper returns to daily print product, faces competition
McClatchy digital subscription program getting results
By David Carr, The New York Times
A year after announcing a plan to reorganize The Times-Picayune of New Orleans into a more digitally focused enterprise that produced a newspaper just three days a week — enraging local residents — its owners have added a new innovation: they will go back to producing a printed product every day.
“We are excited about this opportunity to extend our daily reach in print,” an advertising executive at the newspaper said in the announcement.
You don’t say.
The digital subscription initiative that The McClatchy Co. rolled out last year is exceeding expectations, McClatchy’s top executive told shareholders at the company's annual meeting Tuesday.
“The Plus Program is on pace to generate approximately $25 million in new revenues this year,” president and CEO Pat Talamantes said in a news release on highlights from the media company’s meeting. With this program, McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) shed the print-only option for subscribers. Subscribers can get a digital-only subscription or a bundled package of print and digital.
As McClatchy continues to invest in digital efforts, digital ad revenues have grown to make up nearly a fourth of the media company’s total advertising revenue, Talamantes said.
May 30: Weekly Circulation Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
May 31: PALMY Ad Contest deadline
- rules for newspaper members
- rules for associate members
June 6: Daily Editors Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
June 13: Ad Basics Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia
June 14: Daily Publishers Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
June 20: Basic and Advanced InDesign Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia
July 18: Basic and Advanced PhotoShop Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia
August 2: Ad Directors Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia (More details coming soon!)
August 8: Weekly Editors Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
August 15: Basic and Advanced Adobe Illustrator Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia (More details coming soon!)
September 12: Ad Design Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Sept. 19: Advanced InDesign and PDF Workshop, SCPA Offices, Columbia