InDesign training set June 20
You don't want to miss our upcoming training session on basic and advanced InDesign to be held Thursday, June 20, at SCPA Offices in Columbia. Adobe expert Michelle Kerscher specializes in teaching print media how to best use Adobe technology to gain better quality results and how to work more efficiently. Here's the training schedule:

ESSENTIALS OF INDESIGN 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Experienced and newer users of InDesign must attend this SCPA workshop on Adobe InDesign! Adobe expert Michelle Kerscher will spend the morning session instructing attendees on the core features and tools of InDesign, as well as techniques to create powerfully designed pages and graphics. In addition to covering document set-up and formatting characters, paragraphs, objects and graphics, she'll show attendees lesser-known functions that will save you time and increase the quality of your products.
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
In the afternoon, Michelle will go over her favorite tips and tricks, as well as InDesign's advanced features including libraries, styles, scripts, effects, paths, master pages, data merge and more. She'll also hit on how to create the perfect PDF. In just one afternoon, Michelle will help you better understand how to use InDesign to optimize your production and streamline your organization's design and editorial processes. We guarantee you'll leave with tips to make your work easier and faster. You don't want to miss this session!

Michelle is a graduate of the Newspaper Institute of Technology. In addition to working as a trainer for SCPA, she has mastered design and use of Adobe products as a newspaper designer, Web designer and commercial press designer. She has a real knack for explaining high-tech topics in plain-language. This training will be easy to understand for all levels of Adobe users. Though Kerscher will touch on some of the latest features of CS6, her classes are designed for users of all versions of the software in Mac or PC platforms.
Space is limited to 30 registrants and seats are already starting to fill up so sign up today if you are interested!

SCPA is also offering training on PhotoShop (July 18), Advanced InDesign/Acrobat (Sept. 19) and Illustrator training (Aug. 15, registration opening soon).

PALMY Advertising Contest deadline is next Friday
The deadline to enter is next Friday, May 31, which means entries must be postmarked, hand-delivered or shipped by that date. 
Here are the detailed rules, entry form, tags and arrows for newspaper members. Please make sure to enter your ads in the correct circulation division, which is based off of the numbers listed in the 2012-2013 S.C. Newspaper Directory.
Here are rules for associate and individual members.
Remember, 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 individually as requested. Once the awards are announced, we'll work with each newspaper directly to plan a special awards presentation at your paper. That way, more of your staff's winners can be honored and there will be little or no cost to you. We'll continue to post the slideshow of winning ads on the Web as a resource for your sales reps and designers.
We look forward to receiving your best ads.  If you have a question regarding entries or rules, call or email Jen Madden.

Disaster checklist will help prepare your newspaper
Earlier this week SCPA got word from the Oklahoma Press Association that their building, staff and member newspapers made it through the tornados okay.
But their executive director, Mark Thomas, made a great point about planning for disaster, “Not much you can do now for Oklahoma, but I encourage all of your papers to dust off that old Oklahoma disaster plan checklist... The first steps in disasters are always PLANNING. We are now past that phase – but you aren’t – so use this disaster to PLAN for a future disaster.  That makes your Action and Recovery Plan so much easier." 
"Hurricane season will be here before you know it. Natural disasters and tragedies are almost impossible to predict, but through effective preparation, newspapers can continue to function in spite of setbacks," SCPA executive director Bill Rogers said. "Please take a moment to review the disaster checklist so you can aid damage control at your newspaper."

Crime Reporter
The Herald, Rock Hill
Former SCPA Foundation intern

What do you like best about your job?
I love the stories that I'm able to tell. Granted, everyday isn't a winner, but I've found that on the crime beat there are so many great stories to sink your teeth in if you take the time to find the right angle. I've been able to: write stories exposing mistakes made by DSS when they placed a boy with his uncle, a convicted felon; chronicle the recovery of a Rock Hill boy whose scalp was torn after he was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull; give some insight on the child p orn industry's impact in York County; write about a mother's years-long struggle to get help for her mentally ill son, who was charged in connection with a district-wide schools lockdown when he allegedly threatened her; tell readers about the influx of black tar heroin into the more affluent parts of the county; witness arrests, field sobriety tests and meth lab busts; and detail the activities of a convicted felon who operated a marijuana grow house in a Rock Hill subdivision to the bewilderment of his neighbors. It's been fun! 

What is your proudest moment from your career in the newspaper industry?
Well, I haven't been here too long, but I would definitely say the series of stories I wrote about DSS and a particular Rock Hill family has been the most rewarding. Initially, social services officials were reluctant to say anything on how and why they placed an allegedly abused boy with his uncle, a convicted felon, who later abused him (DSS policies prohibit anyone convicted of a violent crime from ever taking custody of a child). But, perseverance and FOIA paid off and gave way to a series of stories that also led to the original caseworker's three-days-without-pay suspension. Earning the first-place in "Beat Reporting" award at the SCPA news contest this March was also a highlight!

How do you view the future of the newspaper industry?
This doesn't come as a surprise, but I know certain newspapers will soon be web and tablet-only. I don't see the industry completely disappearing. Journalists will always be around, and so will small, local community papers, I feel. The web is great. I love the web. I'm the assistant web editor. But, I know for a fact there are people in the community I cover who balk at receiving their news online. They want words on paper. They want to hold the broadsheet or tabloid. They want to walk outside early in the morning and grab it from either their front step or their mailbox. I love breaking news, but I love developing a solid story even more. I feel that you really get the solid, in-depth stories we strive to tell in that printed format. 

What's your favorite SCPA member service?
The SLED checks, hands down. I call nearly every day (sometimes twice or three times a day) to obtain criminal record checks on defendants I write about daily. 

Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?
That's a hard one. There are a lot of folks I read daily and admire, but to be sentimental, the editors who were my bosses when I was a student journalist at Winthrop University's campus newspaper probably have the biggest influence. I looked up to them so much. They were inspirational role models, and I'm blessed to be working alongside one of them (Anna Douglas) each day.

What is something most people don't know about you?
I'm a HUGE fan of the Golden Girls. They're so funny and still current, if you ask me.

If you could change one thing about the newspaper industry, what would it be?
The influence of Twitter. Don't get me wrong, I love it. I use it every day. I've broken news on it and I've gotten tips from poring over it. But, I don't see it as a dependable news source. Several others do. News, especially crime or breaking news, is such a raw, volatile force that it changes in the blink of an eye. One statement made on a scanner can be completely erroneous and so off-base. Even perspectives when you're at the scene of a crime can are just that-- your perspective without any authoritative info to back it up. We can be a little too quick on the Twitter-finger, and that's something I try to remember. But, when you compete with several other TV news stations, it can be a rule quickly forgotten, unfortunately.

What do you like to do outside of work?
There's life outside of work? I kid, of course. My friends and I like to have "game nights," where we get together and play Taboo or Scrabble or Phase10, and eat-- there's always eating. It's a great time to unwind. Also, church. God is my anchor and without Him none of this would be possible. Having that sacred time with Him --in church or outside of it-- keeps me grounded.

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OPEN AND CLOSED: As some police agencies release more records, others bow to pressure in withholding information
By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier
Charleston police officials were ready to release a report about the arrest that unraveled an alleged murder plot last month when federal prosecutors pulled the plug on their efforts to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office told them that releasing the document, as well as supplemental reports, would stymie its investigation into those scheming to kill state lottery official Nancy Latham.
The police bowed to the wish.
But The Post and Courier soon found the report in a stack of crime records at police headquarters. It described how an officer pulled over a suspect and how a pistol was found in his car.
It said nothing about a plot.
“We were preparing to release that original report, but they said it would harm their case,” Deputy Police Chief Tony Elder said. “We are police, and when you’re looking at potential harm to an investigation ... we feel we have to defer to them.”
The denial was what one media attorney called a step backward for the Charleston Police Department after the agency made strides in the past year to be more open by releasing supplemental crime reports.
An agency can claim a FOIA exception if it says how a document could foil its own prospective action, said SCPA Attorney Jay Bender. Federal officials’ actions are not a reason to hold back, he said.
But the argument has snowballed. The College of Charleston’s police force recently cited a federal probe when it refused to release a report.
“To have one agency ask another to break the law is remarkable,” Bender said. “The police are rolling over for the feds.”
But while some agencies have closed the door to public documents, others have opened up:

S.C. State trustees keep president's contract secret
By Dale Linder-Altman, The Times and Democrat
A divided board decided this week to offer incoming President Thomas Elzey a multi-year contract with a price tag of $330, 000 a year to lead South Carolina State University.
The motion passed by a vote of 6-4, with three lame duck trustees supporting it. Board Chair Dr. Walter L. Tobin, Maurice Washington and Jackie Epps, who were voted out as trustees by the S.C. General Assembly last month, were joined by Robert Waldrep, Dr. Dennis Nielsen and Gail Joyner-Fleming in offering Elzey the highest salary any S.C. State president has ever received.
Trustees Dr. John Corbitt, Linda Edwards Duncan, Patricia Lott and Tony Grant voted against the contract, saying it was illegal and invalid. They also questioned the length of the contract and amount of Elzey’s salary.
The T&D asked the university and Tobin for a copy of Elzey’s contract, and was told to send a FOI request. It submitted the request to the university on Monday in advance of Tuesday’s meeting.
Bill Rogers, head of SCPA, said that the university can probably withhold the document until it’s been signed. However, he noted that part of Elzey’s salary is being paid by the taxpayers, and “they have a right to know what offers are being made.”
Apparently S.C. State doesn’t understand “the concept that the public’s business should be done in public,” Rogers said.
Withholding the information is a public relations nightmare for them, according to Rogers.
“They could release it and they ought to,” he said.

ASNE calls for resurrection of Free Flow of Information Act
The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) has joined the chorus of voices condemning the Department of Justice for secretly obtaining the telephone records of the Associated Press and its individual journalists during April and May 2012.
ASNE felt so strongly about the issue that they not only issued a statement describing the Justice Department's actions as "Appalling...disturbing...chilling," but also joined 52 other media organizations who signed a letter to the Department of Justice explaining just why those actions are unacceptable on so many levels.
In an email to ASNE members, they said:
"However, this dark cloud over the First Amendment may have a silver lining. Almost as soon as the initial shouting died down, a new set began in the form of calls for resurrection of the Free Flow of Information Act. This is the proposed federal shield law which twice passed in the House of Representatives but, despite receiving White House support and passing the Senate Judiciary Committee the second time around, never made it through the full Senate. While the shield law effort has always received a bump in the wake of a reporter being subpoenaed to testify in a federal proceeding, there has been a strong, swift response from both sides of Capitol Hill this week. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) has already introduced HR 1962, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has indicated that he will join forces with Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) to introduce a similarly-titled bill in the Senate."

In leak case, DOJ considered reporter 'co-conspirator'
With the U.S. Department of Justice under fire for secretly obtaining Associated Press phone records, a newly unsealed court document in Washington revealed that federal prosecutors seized far more than phone records in one pending leak case. The Justice Department's investigation into leaks about classified information about North Korea in 2009 also looked at a Fox News reporter's security badge access records at the State Department building and his personal emails, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Obama against prosecuting journalists, White House says
Following revelations that the Obama administration has launched investigations into journalists from both the Associated Press and Fox News over national security leaks, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama does not believe journalists should be "prosecuted for doing their jobs."
"I can tell you that in our conversation yesterday, [President Obama] reiterated just how important he believes it is that reporters, that all of you and your colleagues, are able to do your jobs in a free and open way," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at Tuesday's press briefing. ...
Speaking Tuesday, Carney said the president believes in finding the right balance between safeguarding vital security information and protecting freedom of the press.
"He believes there is an important balance to be found here, and he thinks the questions about how that balance is being struck are entirely legitimate and he welcomes the public discussions, again, about the broad question of the balance that needs to be struck," Carney, a former reporter himself, also said.

The Sun News’ Bailey named Nieman Fellow
One of the most prestigious and oldest journalism fellowships has tapped The Sun News’ Issac Bailey as one of 24 journalists from across the world to make up its next class.
Bailey, an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Sun News for nearly 16 years, has been selected as a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University for the 2013-14 academic year.
He will be studying the intersection of literacy, football, race and the economy in the South, particularly in Georgetown and Horry counties, with a goal of using the research to understand efforts to battle illiteracy and improve cross-racial understanding in the region.
Bailey was awarded the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Community Journalism. His fellowship begins in August and will last for a year. Bailey’s columns in The Sun News and regular blog posts on will be on hiatus until he returns from the fellowship in August 2014.
Bailey was one of 12 U.S. and 12 international journalists selected to make up the 2014 Nieman class. The Nieman Foundation, which administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world, aims to promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate those specially qualified for the field.

S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame honors Ken Burger
Former Post and Courier sports columnist Ken Burger was honored at the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame’s annual banquet and induction ceremony earlier this month.
Burger received the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award, one of three awards presented each year to people who have made significant contributions to sports in South Carolina.

Journal Scene announces hire of A.M. Sheehan

The Summerville Journal Scene is pleased to announce the addition of A.M. Sheehan to its editorial staff. Sheehan will take over both the education and crime beats, and write features as well.
A native of New Hampshire, Sheehan comes to the Journal Scene from western Maine where she most recently was editor of the weekly newspaper the Advertiser Democrat.
A 30-year veteran editor, Sheehan decided to head south looking for warmer weather and an opportunity to focus on writing.
A winner of numerous awards including Maine Journalist of the Year, The George Polk Award, Michael Kelly Award finalist, and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer for Local Reporting, she is looking forward to learning all about Summerville and the greater Dorchester area, its history, its people and what makes it special.

A hat tip to The State: Paper offers a solid opening salvo in a new series, “S.C. State House for Sale”
By Corey Hutchins, Columbia Journalism Review
The State newspaper, South Carolina’s capital city daily in Columbia, gave uncharacteristically prominent play Sunday to the influence that ex-lawmakers and other public officials have as they lobby their former colleagues at the State House.
“At least 66 former lawmakers, legislative staffers and state regulators have registered to lobby the Legislature in the past two years, according to research by The State newspaper,” reporter Sammy Fretwell wrote. He added, “Lobbying by ex-legislators is legal in South Carolina, and former legislators are hot lobbyists because of the connections they developed while in office.”
The May 19 front-page piece uses a garbage bill pending in the state Senate in the waning days of the current session as a way to explore, as the headline asks, “Are legislators-turned-lobbyists too powerful in South Carolina?” It is the first in a series about ethics in state government that the The State is calling, “SC State House for Sale.” (The series comes as lawmakers in the General Assembly are currently debating a comprehensive proposal to update the state’s ethics laws for the first time in 22 years.)
After the front-page jump, this first installment took up two full inside pages of the print edition with no advertisements, including multiple sidebars that covered campaign donations from “garbage giants,” details of the garbage bill, and the lobbying roster for both sides of the bill. An online extra included a video interview of a government watchdog, John Crangle, who runs the state chapter of Common Cause, and who offered some historical context about lobbying in South Carolina.

Report: Former USC Upstate coach threatened Spartanburg reporter with Michael Jackson lyrics
By R. Darren Price, The State
A former USC Upstate track and field coach is accused of threatening a Spartanburg Herald-Journal reporter using lyrics from the Michael Jackson song “Smooth Criminal.”
Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Colton Hodge sent the reporter an email with a video attached of the man singing the Michael Jackson song, replacing the name “Annie” with the reporter’s name, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. The original song contains lyrics in which the singer references harming a woman named “Annie.” Hodge was charged with second-degree harassment sending the video.
It wasn’t the first time Hodge had sent the reporter threatening emails and videos, according to the report. An editor at the paper told police that the reporter had received several similar messages several times in the past.

Global insights on newspapers emerge at INMA
More than 450 attendees from 45 countries converged for the International News Media’s 83rd World Congress April 28-30, to share with peers what is working, and mull the best ways to push forward in the continually evolving newspaper landscape. Generating new revenue streams was a key component of the three-day conference, and newspapers’ tactics ran the gamut. An emerging trend on that front is publishers’ repackaging of content for platforms that offer more of a lean-back, long-form journalism experience than that to which they’re limited by the traditional news cycle and news hole. The realization is that newspapers are generating a lot more great content than they’re able to use in their flagship product, readers want that content, and ideally, newspapers can charge for it.
Among those doing so: The Toronto Star, which launched its digital “Star Dispatches,” that are published every Friday. The Star cited profit margins and retention rates near 100 percent on the weekly e-read products, which are priced at $1 per week.

What's it take to be a great reporter today? Here are 4 leading the way
By Lewis DVorkin, Forbes
I am often asked what it takes to be a great reporter in the digital era. The essential mission, I say, remains the same: to observe, collect and interpret information. Don’t be a generalist; pick a subject, dig deep into it, bring “passion” to the job. That word evokes the obligatory question about objectivity. My response: journalism has always entailed biases, conscious or not. Next, a great reporter engages one-on-one with news consumers, joins social news streams, learns to be a marketer and plays with the technology. I end with this: understand the business models behind the profession — and start to think like an entrepreneur.
FORBES has 1,000 writers learning and practicing all of that. Here are four who are leading the way:

Veteran Independent Mail journalist Rusty Boggs passes away
Carroll Boyce “Rusty” Boggs, 69, an award-winning Independent Mail journalist widely respected for his keen knowledge and deep love of sports, died May 17 after a week-long illness.
Boggs was a career journalist who joined the Independent Mail in 2005 on the sports desk. Since the first of the year he had been a news editor with print production responsibilities in both sports and news.
Before joining the Independent Mail, Boggs was an assistant sports editor at The Post and Courier in Charleston for 17 years, earning many top journalism awards there for his work. Earlier in his career, Boggs was a beat writer who covered sports as diverse as Big Ten football and minor league baseball. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia.
A diehard Braves fan who especially loved baseball and was an avid tennis player, Boggs earned respect from colleagues around the state for his dedication to journalism, his editing skills and his eye-catching headlines. During his years at the Independent Mail, he was named nearly every year as one of the top headline-writers in the state by SCPA.
“Rusty was a great newspaperman,” said Independent Mail Editor John C. Huff Jr., who worked with Boggs in both Charleston and Anderson. “But, even better, he was a good human being and a pleasure to be around. We’re a pretty small family at this newspaper, and losing Rusty so suddenly really reminds us to appreciate each other. I think Rusty would approve of that effect.”

Does Adobe have its head too far up in the Cloud?
By Kevin Slimp, Director of the Newspaper Institute of Technology
Unless you've been asleep since early May, you've heard about the changes at Adobe. Soon, users won't be able to buy boxed versions of Creative Suite products like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Beginning in the very near future, there will be only one way to purchase Adobe products.
OK, you won't actually be purchasing the software. You will be leasing it.


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

June 27: Webinar: Top Strategies and Tactics for Sales Success!

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