National Newspaper Week set for Oct. 2 - 8
National Newspaper Week is the annual celebration of newspapers, a time to remind our readers that newspapers are important to inform their daily lives and to protect their freedoms. Especially in these difficult times, National Newspaper Week deserves the support of all newspapers.

This year’s theme is “Newspapers -- the number one source for local news.”

National Newspaper Week will take place Oct. 2-8 (Sunday-Saturday).
In a couple of weeks, SCPA's website will have an Op-Ed by SCPA President Bill Hawkins. We will also have a great series of promotional house ads that have been developed for SCPA members by The Post and Courier, and an editorial cartoon.

Crosswords, columns and cartoons will also be available starting Sept. 19 through the national campaign hosted by the Newspaper Association Managers (NAM).

We encourage you to use the materials provided by SCPA or write your own positive stories and editorials about our business.

"If we don't promote our industry, no one will," Rogers said. "Now more than ever it is important to get the message out that newspapers are a vital part of our communities. We are not dying."

Osteen Publishing expands operations to Florida
The Osteen family has purchased four publications in the Jacksonville, Fla., area from Journal Community Publishing Group Inc., a subsidiary of Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Weekly publications and corresponding websites included in the sale are Clay Today, Clay County Leader, the Ponte Vedra Recorder and the Car Connection, a weekly magazine serving Jacksonville-area auto dealers.

The Florida properties fall under a division of Osteen Publishing Co. - OPC News LLC - which is owned by brothers Graham, Kyle and Jack Osteen. They, along with several members of the Sumter transition team, officially welcomed the Florida staff at a reception in Jacksonville on Sept. 1, the day the sale was finalized.

"The most important resources in any business are the people, and we're excited to add these very talented and dedicated Florida folks to our great team in Sumter," the brothers said in a statement. "We believe in the future of community news organizations, and adapting these publications and their websites for the future will be accomplished - with our strong support - by local professionals who know their audience."

In a related move, Larry Miller, general manager of The Item since 2007, has been named chief executive officer of Osteen Publishing Co. and OPC News LLC. Miller will oversee all of the Florida properties from his office in South Carolina and will be in the market frequently.

Reporting to Miller from Florida will be Jon Cantrell, who will continue his role as publisher at Clay Today; Susan Griffin, longtime sales manager at the Recorder and now interim publisher; and Tom Hebert, publisher of the Car Connection. read

Executive Editor of The Summerville Journal Scene, The Berkeley Independent (Moncks Corner) and The Gazette (Goose Creek)

What do you like best about your job?
All the people I meet every week; being involved in the community we cover.

What is your biggest challenge and how are you facing it?
Trying to get everything covered with our small and excellent staff. Getting everyone up to speed on the technology of the moment; integrating social and electronic media with our traditional print product.

What's the best part of working in the newspaper industry?
Getting information to the public that motivates them to work toward improving their and our community's circumstances. It can be something as simple as writing about a volunteer effort by an individual or organization that inspires someone to join the effort. It can be our coverage of local politics that pushes someone to champion a cause. Our crime and public safety coverage may result in safer neighborhoods. Or our readers may see themselves reflected in the words or our columnists and feel relieved that their lives aren't that much different than their fellow citizens. And of course, no two days are even close to being the same.

What's your favorite SCPA member service?
The SCPA's political vigilance as they fight proposed new and old laws that thwart the public's right to know. Having Jay Bender and Bill Rogers available as a resource on FOI issues, keeping the membership informed about what's happening with other newspapers; workshops.

Any big plans coming up?
Still hoping for that sailboat trip to the islands with the Hubster. Maybe next year!

Larry Miller, general manager of The Item since 2007, has been named chief executive officer of Osteen Publishing Co. of Sumter and OPC News LLC, the division in charge of the company's new Florida businesses. Prior to joining Osteen Publishing Co. in March 2007, Miller worked for several newspaper companies, including Morris Communications in Bluffton, where he helped launch a unique free distribution daily newspaper in 2005, Bluffton Today. Previous to that, he owned a weekly newspaper in Jasper County before selling to Morris in 1999.

Kathy Nelson, 47, has joined Bluffton Today as editor. She has more than 25 years of newspaper experience and comes from the Savannah Morning News, where she worked as an editor on the metro desk. She succeeds Erinn McGuire, who’s been an editor and reporter for Bluffton Today and Hardeeville Today for several years.

Journalist, author and professor Jack Bass is one of two individuals to receive the Governor’s Award in the Humanities this year. The S.C. Humanities Council will present Bass with the award Oct. 12. Bass was selected for an outstanding career that bridges the public humanities of journalism and writing with the academic humanities -- being a professor at the University of Mississippi and at the College of Charleston and leading an oral history project at The Citadel. Bass’ outstanding career included an important stretch as a journalist from 1956-73 during the Civil Rights era, speaking out as an advocate for racial justice. During that period, he interviewed virtually all the major figures on both sides of the controversy in the South.

Filming police in public is protected by the First Amendment
The right to film police in the performance of their public duties in a public space is a “basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment,” a federal appellate court held last week, marking a major victory in a time when arrests for such activities have been on the rise.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reported earlier this week that the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston (1st Cir.) ruled on Friday that three Boston police officers are not immune from liability for arresting a man who, believing the officers were using excessive force to arrest a young man on the Boston Common, recorded the October 2007 scene on his cell phone. The officers arrested the spectator, Simon Glik, confiscated his cell phone and a computer flash drive and charged him with violation of the Massachusetts wiretap statute, which requires the consent of all parties to record a conversation. The state Supreme Court has interpreted the statute to criminalize only secret recordings made without such consent.

industry news

QR Codes best in magazines, newspapers and packaging
A demographic analysis of those who scanned a QR code with their mobile phone in June revealed an audience that was more likely to be male, young to middle-age and upper income. More than half of all QR code scanners were between the ages of 18-34. Those between the age of 25-34 were twice as likely as the average mobile user to engage in this behavior, while 18-24 year olds were 36% more likely than average to scan. More than 1 of every 3 QR code scanners had a household income of at least $100,000, representing both the largest and most over-represented income segment among the scanning audience. … The most popular source of a scanned QR code was a printed magazine or newspaper, with nearly half scanning QR codes from this source. Product packaging was the source of QR code scanning for 35.3% of the audience, while 27.4% scanned a code from a website on a PC and 23.5% scanned codes from a poster/flyer/kiosk.

Augusta Chronicle to trim newspaper width for investment in future
In a letter to readers, Executive Editor Alan English announced that the Augusta Chronicle will trim 1.5 inches off its page width in mid-October. He said that the change will cut newsprint costs and allow the paper to develop
the necessary digital services that readers want. Daily TV listings will no longer appear in the paper and there will be fewer recipes and fewer wire stories, including some national sports.

NNA: Postal Service must make changes with community newspapers in mind
The U.S. Postal Service must change, but the needs of customers must be the first consideration, the National Newspaper Association told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs earlier this week.
"The need for a cost-efficient, customer-oriented Postal Service is compelling and urgent," NNA Chief Executive Officer Tonda F. Rush told the committee. "We share the views of many that the Postal Service has been unfairly burdened with the way payments into benefits systems have been structured. We agree the mail-processing network carries a heavy cost of excess capacity. But the Postal Service's solution cannot be to push mail out of the system."
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has alerted Congress that USPS will be in technical default this month when it fails to make a $5.5 billion payment into a trust fund for future retirees' health benefits. It has already missed one payment of its employer matching funds into a federal retirement system. He has predicted USPS will run out of cash next summer unless Congress allows it to make sweeping changes. Among them are to end Saturday mail delivery, renegotiate labor contracts, and close many post offices and mail sorting facilities.

Pew: Half of U.S. adults now use social networks
Half of all American adults are now on social networks, slightly more than a year ago, and use among Baby Boomers is growing, according to a new study. A report released Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that, of the U.S. adults who use the Internet, nearly two-thirds use social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. Among Baby Boomers aged 50 to 64, 32 percent said they use a social networking site on a typical day. That's up sharply from 20 percent a year ago.

'Emus Loose in Egnar' brings encouraging news about community newspapers
"Community journalism can drive anyone crazy," says Daniel Akst, to start his review of "Emus Loose in Egnar; Big Stories from Small towns," by Judy Muller.
"To those who produce it, the pettiness of local squabbles, the personal nature of every story and the slave wages can be maddening," Akst wrote in the Wall Street Journal of Miller's book which depicts rural American newspapers that are not just surviving, but thriving.
"Yet small-town journalism is also where much of the profession's quirky grandeur lies."
"Without the muscle of a big city newspaper -- or the benefit of working at arm's length from public officials and advertisers -- the passionate lunatics who put out America's small-town weeklies labor to keep local politicians honest while coping with anger, threats, pleading exhaustion, poverty and often, instead of gratitude, cold shoulders from neighbors on the checkout line at the IGA."
Miller, Akst says, tells the story of America's 8,000 weeklies, making them no less interesting or important than "their increasingly anodyne big-city counterparts."The book is available from Amazon.

Vic Tutte
Photographer, The State
Victor "Vic" Tutte, 92, who served as a photographer for The State for almost 30 years, died Sept. 4, in Panama City, Fla.
The State's John Monk reported that Tutte, who was born in England and raised in Scotland, was a master newspaper photographer from the 1950s into the 1980s -- an era when the still photographs of photojournalism were defining hallmarks of contemporary life. He won numerous state, national and international awards.
His thousands of photos that marched across the pages of The State include most of the U.S. presidents, figures such as boxer Muhammad Ali and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and, of course, major S.C. political figures. He also recorded epoch-shaping events such as Ku Klux Klan rallies, civil rights demonstrations and sit-ins, and the entry of young Harvey Gantt, a young black Charlestonian, into Clemson University in 1963. read


The blind designer
Let's say you're a newspaper designer.
If you were to go blind, could you still do design? Yes... depending.
If you've had years of experience designing pages,then it would not be very difficult for you to:
Visualize a design as it is being described to you.
Tell another how you would want a particular page to look.
Those hundreds and hundreds of pages you've designed make it easy to design a page in your

An editor reads the news:
Cop speak and time shifting

This month we tackle two thorny problems: cop speak and keeping readers oriented. Cop speak continues to plague many stories. read


Sept. 9: Webinar: Making Objections Obsolete

Sept. 15: Contest Committee

Sept. 16: Collegiate Boot Camp
Coastal Carolina University

Sept. 20: Webinar: Lessons From the Joplin Globe Tragedy: Covering and Managing the Newsroom During a Crisis

Sept. 22: SCPA Executive Committee Meeting

Sept. 22: Webinar: Leading the Way, Today!

Sept. 22: Webinar: Better Newspapers by Design

Sept. 29: Webinar: Leveraging Facebook to Drive Readership

Sept. 30: Webinar: Online Sales:  We’ve Got the Butter!  

Oct. 2-8: National Newspaper Week

Oct. 7: News Contest Rules Available

Oct. 7: Webinar: Understanding The NEW Local Online Competitors

Oct. 20: Ad Basics
SCPA Offices, Columbia

Oct. 27: Design That Sells
SCPA Offices, Columbia