You call the shots: Sign up for Henninger's Oct. 10 design workshop
Newspaper design expert Ed Henninger is headed to SCPA Offices on Thursday, Oct. 10, for his newest presentation, "You Call the Shots: Create your own design workshop."
The concept is simple: We ask those attending what topics are most important to them. What questions do you have about news design? What do you most want to know? What design points can we clear up for you?
The 101 topics run the gamut of news design, broken down into the following categories:
      - Design thinking
      - Working the page
      - Working with elements
      - Working with type
      - Working for readers
      - Working with writers
      - Working with visuals
      - Odds & Ends
      - What do you want to know?
"You Call the Shots" is a give-and-take session, with Ed checking to see that all questions are answered to satisfaction. Some of the topics are more about philosophy, design thinking and approach. Others focus more on assembly, design details and getting the job done quickly and efficiently.
The beauty of "You Call the Shots" is simple: It's a way for editors, publishers and others at your newspaper to get the answers to problems that they know they have. They can bring their problems to someone who has the answers. And if Ed doesn't have the answer, you can bet he'll get it, and quick!
Don't sit through hours of looking at someone else's "pretty pages," - cut to the heart of the matter!
You have questions. Ed has the answers.
Make plans to join us on Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is only $45 for SCPA members, which includes a boxed lunch.

Click here for more information and to register! Ed is one of SCPA's most popular trainers and his sessions always fill up quickly, so if you're interested, don't delay in signing up. Also, make sure to send us the topics you want Ed to cover!

SCPA receives 3 applications for membership
Two newspapers have applied for membership in the S.C. Press Association as free distribution newspaper members.
Columbia-based Carolina Panorama, published by Nathaniel Abraham, is a 15,000 circulation, free newspaper in Richland County. The paper, which was established in 2007, publishes every Thursday.
The Aiken Leader, of Wagener, has also applied for membership. Andrew O'Byrne serves as publisher of the 8,000 circulation free weekly. The paper is distributed every Friday.
Ron Aiken has also applied for individual membership in the Press Association. Ron is currently writing and editing for several publications including The Nerve, Midlands Life, Midlands Biz and Gamecock Central. Ron is no stranger to newspapers. In the Palmetto State, Ron has worked as a staff writer for Free Times, news editor of the Lexington County Chronicle and staff writer for The State. He's also worked at newspapers in Colorado and Wyoming.
SCPA's Executive Committee is meeting on Sept. 26, to discuss and approve applications for membership. Please contact Bill Rogers at (803) 750-9561 or via email if you have any comments about these applicants.

Creative Design Lead
Greenville Journal

What do you like best about your job? 
I love the variety my job has to offer. I tend to wear a variety of "hats." One day I can be creating innovative advertising solutions and the next, I'm doing the layout and design for one of our many magazines and/or newspapers. My job is NEVER boring!

What is your proudest moment from your career in the newspaper industry?
I would have to say that the annual PALMY Awards tend to reign highest on my proud moments list. Knowing that the work I enjoy doing often tends to be chosen as some of the best in the state... who wouldn't feel proud?! Even better, walking away with the Best Overall Advertisement & the Paul League Award for Best Overall Weekly Newspaper Advertising at the same time.

How do you view the future of the newspaper industry?
Old habits die hard and in a world of ever-expanding choices (newspaper, magazines, online, TV, radio, etc.), many people, in the long run, seek the trusted and familiar... the local newspaper. The “local paper” is what generations upon generations know and respect. However, nowadays, newspapers have to find ways to engage the younger readers, the up-and-coming business owners and decision makers, and make them loyal readers. In order to do that, newspapers have to position themselves as the most comprehensive package of local news and features – in print AND on the Web. In an age where time is of the essence, readers want quick and easy access to what matters most to them. Not that we have to forget about paper and ink altogether, but publishers and journalists have to be ready to deliver the goods via whatever delivery system “readers” want it in. 

What’s your favorite SCPA member service?
I really enjoy a variety of things... the Online Media Campus Webinars and the Industry News. These are great ways for me to stay abreast of trending topics across the industry within our state.

Any big plans coming up? 
Professionally, our company is currently transitioning to having a greater digital presence. We are exploring new programs and software, as well as the capabilities of our writers and designers, to offer our readers new and innovative experiences with everything we do. It's interesting.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?
I can't say that there's one particular person who has had the biggest influence on my career... but rather a handful. My middle school art teacher (Mark Windham) for drawing me into the art field and launching my creative side; my Publisher (Mark Johnston) for offering me this opportunity so many years ago and then coming to me (and trusting me) time and time again to come up with creative for some of the Upstate's finest projects and businesses; and my family for being a constant source of enlivening.

What are some area attractions/restaurants in your community visitors shouldn’t miss?
Without a doubt, start in Downtown Greenville, visit Falls Park, eat at one of our many amazing restaurants, and walk across our beautiful suspension bridge. From there, they can bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, see the mountains in the distance, hop in the car to make the short drive to one of our many lakes, and lastly, stop in Death Valley to witness the most exciting 25 seconds in college football! The Upstate is beautiful!

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don't know that my original career path was law enforcement, but I went to school for architecture, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and almost became a teacher before deciding to actually pursue a career in graphic design.

If you could change one thing about the newspaper industry, what would it be?
I would like to see newspapers be more like social media managers, helping readers and advertisers establish relationships through multiple channels, from connecting with community leaders and friends to designing targeted marketing campaigns that incorporate technology that engages "readers" more with website images and information.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy life as the wife of an Army Captain, a mom to two athletic and energetic boys, a business owner, an avid Clemson fan, a lake lover, a NewSpring owner, and I'm always designing stuff on the side.

Call-taker at Charleston County 911 center accused of failing to dispatch 45 emergency calls;
Newspaper credited for investigating, breaking story

By Glenn Smith, The Post and Courier
Charleston County is enacting stricter controls on its emergency dispatch center after a 911 operator was accused of intentionally turning her back on some 45 calls for help from the public over the past eight months.
The mishandled calls resulted in no known injuries, but county officials called the lapse unacceptable and pledged to keep a closer eye on emergency operators to prevent additional 911 failures in the future. Among other things, supervisors will conduct daily reviews of call logs and more frequent, random audits to catch potential problems, officials said. ...
[P]uzzling is why complaints about the missed calls didn't surface for eight months, until a man in Mount Pleasant alerted The Post and Courier in late August to a botched response to his burglary calls. ...
The investigation began after the newspaper began asking questions about why Mount Pleasant police were not notified about two calls Ira Lewis and his wife made to the 911 center on Aug. 25 to report a group of burglars trying to break into his neighbor's home in the Cooper Estates subdivision.
Both times, Lewis said, he was told that help was on the way. Both times, no one came. Police later said the 911 center never told them about the calls.
Sheriff's detectives confirmed that [the operator] didn't notify law enforcement about the incident and that information about the call had been deleted from the center's computer-aided dispatch system, according to an arrest affidavit.
Investigators later found dozens more calls in which [the operator] received the initial call for service and the calls were not entered or information was deleted and the call not passed on for dispatching, Brady said. ...
Lewis said he was pleased to see some action taken and he credited The Post and Courier with making sure his complaint was heard by county authorities.
“I'm glad you broke the story because it got into the right hands,” he said, though he remains troubled it took officials so long to detect a problem.
Click here to read the full story.

Opinion: Rock Hill school board should conduct superintendent search in public

The Herald
The Rock Hill school board shouldn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel regarding open meetings. Ample precedent exists to guide members in the law.
The board is in the process of replacing outgoing Superintendent Lynn Moody, who resigned last month to take over as superintendent for the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina. Apparently the board is uncertain about how to proceed in this process regarding whether meetings should be open or closed.
The agenda for one recent meeting – which was closed to the public – stated that the purpose was “to discuss the possible employment of a superintendent search firm and proper contractual agreements.”
This meeting shouldn’t have been closed. While the board is legally permitted to hold closed meetings regarding some personnel matters, it has no reason to go into executive session to discuss how it is going to go about selecting a search firm.
That’s a discussion the public is entitled to hear. When the board has chosen a firm and wants to discuss a contract, then it can do so behind closed doors. ...
SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers, an expert on the FOIA, said that even a decision to meet with search firms is a decision that should have been made publicly. He also questioned the need to go behind closed doors to discuss what the firms had to offer.
“Why shouldn’t the public be kept in the discussion about what the options for the contract are?” he said. “What’s secret about what the options are?”
Board discussions involving specific contract and personnel issues can be held in executive sessions. But these preliminary meetings with search firms aren’t close to getting into those details.
The board has a choice. It can lean toward secrecy, using the privilege of discussion of legal and personnel issues as a pretext to operate behind closed doors. Or it can scrupulously do whatever it can to include the public it serves in the discussions and the decision-making process.
We think the board should err on the side of openness, and we hope members carefully consider that as this process goes forward.

York Co. refuses museum lawsuit records request
By Anna Douglas, The Herald
York County officials are refusing to release the County Council’s final offer to the Culture and Heritage Foundation that, if accepted, would have avoided a lawsuit council members say could cost up to $250,000.
In a letter to The Herald, county attorney Michael Kendree denied the newspaper’s request for the document because, he said, it relates to “proposed contractual arrangements.”
The request was denied even though the county gave the document to the foundation, the entity ultimately sued by County Council.
The County Council voted unanimously to spend an additional $200,000 in litigation fees this fiscal year. The money will pay the costs associated with three lawsuits involving the county, including the one filed against the Cultural and Heritage Foundation. ...
The Herald filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Aug. 23, asking York County to release some documents related to failed settlement talks that led to the suit. ...
Kendree says there are no emails that have to be released under the state’s Freedom of Information Act and that settlement documents are exempt from disclosure because they relate to “proposed contractual agreements.”
He cited attorney-client privilege over all the records, saying that state law provides the exemption.

So much for transparency
By Schuyler Kropf, Palmetto Politics blog, The Post and Courier
Gov. Nikki Haley and a collection of other Republican governors met in Charleston Sept. 17 in what's being billed as the Republican Governors Association's Corporate Policy Summit.
The event, at Charleston Place Hotel, is closed to the media and a visiting reporter was politely asked to leave. There appears to be some big names in GOP circles attending, including some with presidential aspirations, according to some of the speaker listings.
They include Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Paul LePage of Maine, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Perry of Texas, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Pat McCrory of North Carolina.

Senate Judiciary Committee passes a reporter's shield bill
By Latara Appleby, RCFP
A federal shield bill that would give reporters a qualified privilege from being forced to disclose confidential sources or information passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 12, and is set to go before the full Senate for a vote.
The bill, known as the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, passed on a 13-5 vote. Supporters of the bill said they hope to see it move quickly to the Senate.
“We hope with the strong vote out of committee there is momentum for action on the Senate floor,” said Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at the Newspaper Association of America.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), would protect journalists from being forced by the court to reveal sources. The protections have some exceptions, such as where the information would prevent an act of terrorism, death, kidnapping or bodily harm.
Senators spent the majority of the two-hour hearing discussing who the shield law would cover. For example, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said website commenters should not be considered journalists and covered under this bill.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted against the bill, said he doesn't think Congress should be able to define who is and isn't a journalist. The senator likened such an action to licensing journalists, which runs afoul of the First Amendment, he said.
The committee members voted to include a clause that even if a person doesn't fit the set definition of a journalist, a judge could extend the privilege to him or her. The committee also voted to remove the requirement from the amendment that would have limited the bill's application to “salaried” journalists, to account for freelance journalists.

The State switches to Facebook for comments
The State has started using Facebook Comments to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy for readers to comment on stories and share them with their friends. All commenters must now have an active Facebook account to comment. With Facebook commenting, readers can report an inappropriate or abusive comment to Facebook, who will track abuse reports and automatically ban users who are consistently abusive.

More people seeking location-based information on smartphones
By Mallary Jean Tenore, Poynter
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that location-based services are on the rise, particularly on social media sites.
“Among adult social media users ages 18 and older, 30% say that at least one of their accounts is currently set up to include their location in their posts, up from 14% who said they had ever done this in 2011,” the study found.
Additionally, about three-quarters of adult smartphone owners use their phones for directions or other location-based information.
The number of people using “check in” location services, meanwhile, is dropping. About 12 percent use these services now, compared to 18 percent in 2012. “Among these geosocial service users, 39% say they check into places on Facebook, 18% say they use Foursquare, and 14% say they use Google Plus, among other services,” the study found.

Take chances, Pulitzer-winning reporter urges young journalists
By Andrew Beaujon, Poynter
Lane DeGregory, a reporter for Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times, wrote an email to a journalism student who asked her: “Is there anything you wish you could tell yourself when you were as inexperienced as us?
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized, it’s okay to not know — it can even be endearing,” DeGregory, who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for this series, writes about boning up for interviews. In another section, she suggests taking risks:
"I wish I had known that it was okay to make mistakes, that no matter how brilliant — or bad — your story is, another paper will come out tomorrow, so it's okay to try something that might not work. But it's not okay not to try. Or to bore yourself by always doing what's safe. Or to think your readers will care if you don't."
In a video for Poynter this summer, DeGregory talked about developing sources, saying she always tries to get people she’s interviewing to show them their bedrooms: “I feel that’s where a lot of masks come off,” she said.

Constitution Day: The people, the press, and the public’s right to know
In the summer of 1787, the nation’s most influential lawyers, generals and politicians gathered in Philadelphia with a single purpose: To create a government that was ruled by the people instead of ruling them.
The first words of the Constitution underscored this principal: “We, the people, of the United States of America…”
To protect the people’s power, our founding fathers carefully divided the government into three branches. With this system, no one person or governmental branch could ever rule with absolute authority.
The checks and balances provide a framework for the government. However, the cornerstone of our democracy is the unique privilege and responsibility of every citizen to be engaged through voting, public offices, representation in Congress and myriad other ways.
For a society to be responsible and powerful, it must be informed. Our free press, protected by the first Constitutional amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
As he emphasized, this free flow of information to the public is essential to preserving our American democracy. In addition to educating and reporting, the press serves as the public’s independent watchdog, charged with keeping governments, businesses and other organizations in check.
What other institution has the power to talk to key leaders, inspire social change and uncover corruption, while analyzing and providing context for major global events? Thanks to diligent reporting, citizens are empowered to take a stance on critical issues, enact change and demand the best from their leaders. 


Sept. 20: Webinar: Collaborating for Success: Competitive Business Models

Sept. 20: SCPA Collegiate Leadership Summit, SCPA Offices, Columbia

Sept. 24: Investigative Journalism Conference, The Clarion, Columbia

Sept. 26: SCPA Executive Committee Meeting, SCPA Offices, Columbia

Oct. 3: Webinar: The Five Most Important Questions In Sales

Oct. 6-12: National Newspaper Week

Oct. 10: You Call the Shots: create your own design workshop with Ed Henninger, SCPA Offices, Columbia

Oct. 10: Webinar: How Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Can Benefit Your Advertisers

Oct. 11: Webinar: More Detail, Less Clutter In Your Writing

Oct. 24: Ad Basics, SCPA Offices, Columbia

Nov. 1: MACMA Fall
Idea Sharing Symposium
, SCPA Offices, Columbia