File your USPS statement by Oct. 1
It's time again for paid newspaper members to file your annual USPS Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (PS3526) with your postmaster. The deadline for filing this form is Oct. 1.

SCPA members must also mail or email SCPA a copy of the form to PO Box 11429, Columbia, SC 29211 or This is a requirement of membership.

You must publish the information in your 3526 form or a reproduction of the form according to the following timetable, depending on frequency of publication:

Publications issued more requently than weekly should publish no later than Oct. 10. Publications issued weekly or less frequently, but not less than monthly, publish by Oct. 31.

You can get Form PS3526 from your postmaster or you may download it here

SCPA will collect free distribution printer's and distribution affidavits in late October.

Gov. Haley calls reporter 'little girl' over story
AP - South Carolina's first woman governor called a woman reporter in Charleston a "little girl" over an article detailing at least $127,000 in taxpayer dollars spent by the governor and other state officials on a European economic development trip.

In a syndicated radio talk show interview on Sept. 8, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley was asked about an article by Renee Dudley in The Post and Courier of Charleston.

"And all I will tell you is: God bless that little girl at The Post and Courier. I mean her job is to try and create conflict. My job is to create jobs. In the end I'm going to have jobs to show for it," Haley said on "The Laura Ingraham Show."

Later, Haley redoubled the criticism, but said she regretted the personal remark.

"The story painted a grossly inaccurate picture and was unprofessionally done, but my 'little girl' comment was inappropriate and I regret that," Haley said. "Everyone can have a bad day. I'll forgive her bad story, if she'll forgive my poor choice of words." ...

Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, said it was "a poor choice of words and it's a sexist personal attack rather than a response to the story. I think it's ironic coming from the first woman governor to call an award-winning journalist a little girl."

Dudley was reporting facts, not creating conflict to sell papers, Rogers said: "The public can read that story and make their own decisions." read

Editor and General Manager of The Columbia Star
Executive Committee member

What do you like best about your job?
I get to cover all kinds of high school sporting events and call it work.

What is your biggest challenge and how are you facing it?
The internet/website and how to turn it from an expense to a revenue source. We're looking into all sorts of different types of advertising and how to bring in the "mom and pops" without having to explain pixels and "click-thrus" to them. We're also looking into subscriptions for the website while maintaining our "free" newspaper. We're also using Facebook and Twitter to promote the paper.

What's the best part of working in the newspaper industry?
I worked in another profession for a little over a decade, and I have to say my worst day in the newspaper industry was my best day in my previous line of work. I enjoy coming to work every day now. I don't think I ever enjoyed going to work before I got into the news business. I just love being a part of the "action." That's primarily sports for me and that's my heaven - whether I'm on the sidelines at a girls' state championship soccer match or the sidelines at Williams-Brice - this life is fantastic!

What's your favorite SCPA member service?
The fact that we have an organization that fights for us 24/7, whether it's legal advertising, FOI or anything else is extremely comforting. Knowing we've got the incredible folks at SCPA working for us makes it easier to do our daily work.

Any big plans coming up?

My family and I just got back from a huge trip to D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. It was an absolute blast, but I think we'll settle in at home for a while and get ready for school, youth soccer season, and everything else that comes along with family life.

Press Association attorney says district redactions likely went too far
The Beaufort County School District might not have revealed as much as the law requires when asked for information about Hilton Head Island High School's football program and head coach Tim Singleton, an S.C. Press Association attorney says.
The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, citing the FOIA, asked to view recent email exchanges between the school's athletics director, principal and the district's chief instructional services officer Sean Alford, whose duties include supervision of the district's athletics departments.
The district provided paper copies of those emails with some information blacked out. District spokesman Jim Foster, citing federal law and a section of the FOIA describing information exempt from disclosure requirements, said revealing that information would have violated the privacy of students and employees.
SCPA Attorney Jay Bender said the S.C. Court of Appeals, in its 2004 decision in Burton v. York Sheriff's Department, made it "quite clear" public employees have no such right when it comes to their job performance.
"When it involves possible disciplinary action against an employee, the employee is not allowed to assert a privacy interest, and a public body cannot withhold it on grounds that its release would be an unreasonable invasion of privacy," Bender said.

Evan Berland, news editor for the Carolinas for The Associated Press, has left his position and moved to Philadephia to work as deputy editor of AP's East region. In his new position, Berland will oversee U.S. news coverage from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey north to Maine. Berland, 40, has been news editor in South Carolina since 2006 and added responsibilities for North Carolina two years later. Jeffrey Collins has been named interim news editor for the Palmetto State. read

The Clarendon Citizen in Manning has added two new members to its newsroom staff. Sharron Haley will serve as news editor, covering hard news with a specialty in public safety matters. Sharron is a veteran newspaper woman, having served both The Item in Sumter and the Manning Times. Konstantin Vengerowsky will serve as feature editor. "Kosmo" as he is known in the newsroom, is a graduate of the American University's graduate school of communications. He will specialize in videography as well as cover feature stories across the county.

The Messenger in Hartsville is undergoing a name change. Media General, the parent company of the newspaper, has chosen to revert back to the paper's original name, The Hartsville Messenger. The purpose of the change is to hopefully get more readers and advertisers to reconnect with the hometown paper.

industry news

S.C. Public Safety spokesman mum on his alleged assault of reporter
The Free Times reported earlier this week that when reporter Corey Hutchins contacted S.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Sid Gaulden, he would not comment on a police incident report dated Sept. 1 that alleges he shoved WIS-TV reporter Jody Barr in the chest with a microphone and recorder as the reporter tried to ask Gaulden and agency interim director Kenny Lancaster questions in a parking lot. As Barr was trying to walk away from Gaulden after Gaulden had allegedly shoved him, the Public Safety spokesman allegedly became “even more aggressive” and blocked the reporter from getting to his vehicle.

E-books become a promising revenue source for newspapers
News organizations are using e-books to curate past work and gain thousands of readers in the process. The latest example is The Huffington Post's "A People's History of the Great Recession," written by Arthur Delaney and produced with BookBrewer. Dan Pacheco, winner of the 2008 Knight News Challenge, writes that e-books can be a significant source of revenue for newspapers at a time when other forms of monetizing content, including pay walls, show little promise.

Newspaper transition to multimedia is coming too slowly
The core lessons of marketing are the key to carrying forward newspaper companies' transition from print to multimedia publishers, Earl J. Wilkinson writes on his INMA blog. Unfortunately, the adjustment required to fully take in the potential of analytics and achieving a deeper understanding of consumer behavior is happening too slowly. "We cannot teach old dogs new tricks fast enough," Wilkinson concludes.

Carl Edwin Meynardie, Sr.
Founder of  the Hanahan News, the Goose Creek News and the Moultrie News
Carl E. Meynardie, 93,  of Hanahan died Sept. 2.
Born in Charleston, Meynardie graduated from Murray Vocational School and served in the Navy for two years during World War II. Following his service, he worked as a marine engineer and naval architect.
During the 1960s, Meynardie founded the  the Hanahan and Goose Creek News and the Moultrie News, weekly community newspapers. He served as editor and publisher of all three newspapers.


Sad day for S.C. women
Dear Gov. Haley:
A lot of women are going to be disappointed with your comments on conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham's radio show. This isn't about your plan to create jobs, or the fact that you're encouraging women to run for office. No, I'm talking about how you stooped to a condescending, catty low Thursday in talking about another woman. Maybe you were still feeling some fallout from reporter Renee Dudley's story about your European job-recruiting trip funded by the taxpayers. But that was no reason to say what you said. read

Ask yourself the tough questions
I remember chatting with a chemist who works for a large international research company. He mentioned that he and his coworkers make numerous presentations at conferences. "It's always a pressure-packed situation," he said, "because our reputation is riding on the outcome, and a lot of research money is at stake."
He explained that a lot of audiences try to punch holes in their research. "Preparation is everything," he said."If we're not ready with the right answers, a project can die right there on the spot." Sounds like a sales presentation, doesn't it? Fumble a question, and lose a sale. read


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
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Oct. 27: Design That Sells
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