National Newspaper Week materials available
National Newspaper Week is coming up Oct. 2-8. This year more than ever, we need to get our story out there... newspapers remain the main provider of local news.  Please join us in this promotional effort.

SCPA's National Newspaper Week website has some great promotional materials that we encourage you to use during the week:

  • We have a lively series of six house ads (one is located at the right) that promote local newspapers. Thanks to the staff of The Post and Courier for creating this series to be run during National Newspaper Week and throughout the year. In each ad, there is a place at the bottom to add your flag. The ads are quarter page size (5.25 x10.5") and can be resized easily to fit your newspaper's column width.

  • SCPA President Bill Hawkins has written a strong Op-Ed piece about the importance of newspapers in our communities.  Please run it during the week.

  • We have editorial cartoons in the pipeline.  They will be posted next week on our NNW Web page.

Please use these materials during the week of Oct. 2-8. We also encourage you to write your own positive stories and editorials about our business. Send them to us and we will post them on our website.

"If we don't promote our industry, no one will," said SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers. "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."

Arguments heard in Greenwood FOI case
SCPA Attorney Jay Bender argued for a summary judgment Sept. 15 in the Greenwood Index-Journal’s Freedom of Information suit against the state Department of Public Safety for withholding dashboard camera recordings pending completion of a trial.

In a hearing before Circuit Judge James Barber in Columbia, Bender said the Highway Patrol routinely rejects FOI requests on the grounds that a case is still under investigation, and that the state Supreme Court has ruled that an agency must show harm before withholding a document. “There is not presumption of injury,” Bender said.

Will Davidson, contract attorney representing DPS, said release of the videos before a trial would fall under the exemption of “premature release of information in a prospective law enforcement case.”

In an added twist, Davidson told the court that troopers “wear the hat of a prosecutor” in DUI cases and have a responsibility to ensure a “fair and impartial trial.”

Judge Barber asked numerous questions, but did not rule. He asked both attorneys to prepare orders within the next two weeks. read

Free military workshop to be held at Ft. Jackson on Nov. 4
The School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, SCPA, the S.C. National Guard Office of Public Affairs and the U.S. Army will host a full-day interactive training event on reporting on the military on Friday, Nov. 4, at Fort Jackson in Columbia. This is a unique opportunity to meet and network with senior military commanders and public affairs officers and improve your reporting skills about military affairs. Click here to view the detailed schedule of events. There is no registration fee to attend this event and lunch is provided. Sign up here. The deadline to register is Oct. 15.

Publisher, The Clinton Chronicle

What do you like best about your job?

I still cover government meetings and I enjoy that.

What is your biggest challenge and how are you facing it?
My answer is the same as everyone else's -- declining revenue. We are aggressively pricing our products and trying to better tailor promotions to specific target accounts.

What's the best part of working in the newspaper industry?
Keeping up with everything that is happening in our community.

What's your favorite SCPA member service?
The lobbying that is done in the General Assembly.

Any big plans coming up?
Getting ready for Gamecock football.

Did Lt. Gov. Ken Ard use private email for public business?
The Free Times in Columbia reported last week that Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard has sent no government emails about the ethics charges levied against him, questions about campaign finance issues or calls for his resignation during the roughly six months when he was at the center of an investigation that eventually resulted in him paying the second largest ethics fine in state history, according to documents made public Sept. 6.
The revelation came to light through a review of 81 pages of emails from the lieutenant governor’s office sent between February and July and obtained by Free Times via the FOIA.
SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers said it was hard to believe Ard hadn’t sent a single email from his official account discussing his ethics woes in roughly six months. He added that politicians might use private email accounts to conduct state business outside of the public view and called such conduct “a growing problem in South Carolina.”
Free Times has been able to confirm that Ard does use a personal email address.
“You look in the law at the definition of a public record,” SCPA Attorney Jay Bender says. “It’s books, papers, maps, all sorts of stuff regardless of physical form or characteristics -- which would mean electronic -- prepared, owned, used by or in the possession of a public body. Since the lieutenant governor is a Constitutional office, by himself he is a public body. So any documents the lieutenant governor creates with respect to the office is a public record, and it wouldn’t make any difference whether it was on his office email or his private email account.”
Free Times has requested to view copies of any public business discussed by Ard on his private account.

Reporters Committee releases new edition of state-by-state open government guide
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has published the 6th Edition of its Open Government Guide, a comprehensive overview of open records and open meetings laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The guide is available free on the Reporters Committee website, where users can cross-reference and compare the laws in different states or simply get an in-depth analysis of one state. South Carolina's guide was prepared by SCPA Attorney Jay Bender. In addition to updating the material from previous editions, the latest Open Government Guide includes information on access to government budgets, epidemiological records, and specific category breakdowns on access to email, real estate and investigatory records, which enable users to better find and compare information.

White House releases report on government transparency
The White House recently released a report detailing efforts the Obama administration has made to government transparency. Watchdogs largely praised administration efforts but said true change could take more time. According to the 33-page document, “The Obama Administration’s Commitment to Open Government: A Status Report,” officials have increased government openness by, for example, approving more Freedom of Information Act requests; de-classifying some sensitive data; and using technology to make data on government spending, agency statistics and the president’s scheduling more available.

Camden Media Co. to launch horse magazine
This fall, Camden Media Co. will launch a new magazine called "The Camden Horse." The magazine, which will be printed on slick, glossy, magazine-quality paper, will be published quarterly and will utilize full color throughout the publication.  Tom Didato, longtime award-winning Chronicle-Independent sports editor who has extensive ties to the Camden horse community, has been named editor. The Camden Horse will be inserted in the Chronicle-Independent and placed at key locations throughout Kershaw County.

20 Wyche lawyers were recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America
Wyche, an associate member of SCPA, had attorneys recognized in 25 practice areas, ranging from general categories such as Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law to more focused areas, such as Environmental Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Mediation, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law. Most of the attorneys listed have been recognized for many years in the guide. The Best Lawyers in America is a legal referral guide that has been published annually since 1983 and is based on an extensive annual peer-review survey.

industry news

Historic S.C. newspapers now accessible online
The S.C. Digital Newspaper Program, a project at the University of South Carolina libraries, has resurrected some of South Carolina's oldest newspapers. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the program has digitized 19 S.C. newspapers published between 1860 and 1922 to make them available and searchable on a website hosted by the Library of Congress. Titled "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers," the site features fully accessible issues of The Columbia Phoenix, Charleston Daily News, Keowee Courier, The Watchman and Southern, The Orangeburg Times and Democrat, Marlboro Democrat (Marlboro County), Edgefield Advertiser, Laurens Advertiser and The Anderson Intelligencer.
In a quick scan by SCPA staffers, we found a great ad from the Anderson Daily Intelligencer, 1915, on the value of advertising in the newspaper.

USPS studying consolidation
The US Postal Service is conducting an Area Mail Processing study of mail facilities to determine whether operation consolidation is available.  This is due to the declining use of the Postal Service, the increased use of email and the economic downturn. The only South Carolina processing facility that is currently being studied is in Florence. The public is able to ask questions and give feedback about the study. Information on giving your input is available here.

AP, newspapers to redeem their share of coupon business with mobile app iCircular
The Associated Press and 40 newspaper companies rolled out a test run last week that offers one of their healthiest revenue sources -- preprinted inserts -- in a mobile format. AP's iCircular business will embed coupons and advertisements like those found bulking up the Sunday editions of newspapers into the mobile websites and apps of newspapers on smartphones and tablets. "You've always relied on your Sunday newspaper ads for great deals and savings. Now you can have the best of both worlds -- look at your inserts at home, then take them with you on your mobile phone," the AP said, describing its iCircular business in a statement.

USC J-School to receive Reynolds visiting business journalism professor

The journalism program at the University of South Carolina, will be one of the first schools to receive a visiting business journalism professor next spring under a $1.67 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools. Colorado State University, Grambling State University and Texas Christian University were also selected to receive professors in the spring.

Evening Post Publishing selects SAXOTECH Mediaware Center to integrate publishing system
Evening Post Publishing has selected the SAXOTECH Mediaware Center, the company’s cross-channel content and workflow management solution, to centralize its publishing operations. The feature-rich platform and digital delivery solution will provide a complete publishing system as a hosted service to more than 250 users across the following newspaper sites: The Post and Courier, Summerville Journal-Scene, Aiken Standard, The Georgetown Times, the Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle and the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. The new system also will serve 23 Web domains and additional niche sites. The move will enable all of the Evening Post sites to bring the newsrooms’ print and digital publishing together creating many efficiencies of a deeply integrated newsroom. The Mediaware Center will provide Evening Post Publishing’s content producers and editors with a wide array of layout and channel workflow tools to plan stories and manage content based on resource availability. Evening Post Publishing also will implement SAXOTECH’s iPad solution. Whether readers prefer the Web, RSS, handheld devices or other rich media formats, it will provide the flexible production tools needed to serve high volumes of content to multiple digital channels.

Redesigned Facebook aims to become ‘your own personal newspaper’
Facebook says it is trying to "act more like your own personal newspaper" with recent feature launches and design changes. The main "news feed" section now borrows an idea from newspaper front pages, highlighting "top stories" (the most interesting posts) before jumping into the chronological list of all recent posts from your friends. The point is to make sure users see any top stories they might have missed since they last checked the site, engineering manager Mark Tonkelowitz writes. Along with this change, there's a new, real-time "ticker" of friends' activity.

Local media can win in the daily-deals space
Local media are well-positioned to seize a large share of the daily-deals market, which is projected to grow strongly through at least 2015, writes Matt Coen of Second Street. Analysts said consumer interest remains strong, and because deals tend to be local, local media can take advantage of their strong ties with regional advertisers and consumers.

Vivian Milner
Columnist, Aiken Standard and Review
Vivian Gillespie Milner, 91, died Aug. 25 in Aiken. A 1941 graduate in Journalism of the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, N.C., Milner was a general assignment and feature writer for the Augusta (Ga.) Herald during World War II. Later she wrote feature articles for newspapers and regional magazines. For a time she wrote a column for the Aiken Standard and Review. She researched and edited RECOLLECTIONS, The Church Letters and Essays of Elizabeth Teague, a lifelong resident of Aiken. It was published in 1987.


10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting
There’s no doubt that Twitter is a useful tool for news organizations. I see journalists use it throughout the day to find story ideas, share news and talk with one another, so I’ve long known that most journalists understand its purpose and appreciate its value. But recently, I’ve met some journalists who still aren’t on Twitter, or who are on it but hardly ever tweet. Tweeting, they say, seems like “one more thing” they have to add to an already busy day. The trick, I tell them, is to look at Twitter not as a distraction but as a way to enhance their ability to report and share news. The more you see a tool’s benefits, the easier it is to incorporate it into your daily routine. After four years on Twitter, I’ve found countless ways to use it as a storytelling and sharing tool. read

Speed makes all the difference
Talk about different situations. Last week, I spent two days in the city that never sleeps, visiting with a staff that produces large weeklies, shoppers and more. This week, I'm in a southern town, working with the staff of a small daily paper for two days. You'd think the situations couldn't be different. In New York, the pace was incredibly hectic. Staff moved at a frantic pace, working to get the next assignment done. No time to visit. No time to waste. People yelled. Supervisors barked orders. It was the classic big city situation. read


Sept. 29: Webinar: Leveraging Facebook to Drive Readership

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

Oct. 1: Deadline for paid newspapers to submit USPS ownership statements

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

Nov. 3: SCPA Government Affairs Committee
SCPA Offices, Columbia

Nov. 4: Media & Military Workshop
Ft. Jackson, Columbia

Nov. 9: Save your organization time and money by utilizing InDesign's lesser known features
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Nov. 11: Webinar: Anatomy of a Sales Call

Dec. 2: News Contest Deadline

Dec. 9: Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline

Jan. 20, 2012: Scholarship & Internship Deadline