Weekly Publishers Roundtable Feb. 24

Mark your calendar now for SCPA's annual Weekly Publishers Roundtable. Join us Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at SCPA Offices in Columbia. This is a great time to meet with your peers to discuss what is working and not working in your market.
Topics are up to the group, but will include: success stories (bring copies), niche products,  new ad ideas that are working, non-traditional ways to build revenue, managing with less, digital plans, holding circulation and more.
The cost to attend is $15, which includes a catered lunch.
Participants are asked to send in ideas for discussion topics and specific questions. You can do this directly on the registration form, or by contacting Jen Madden.
This event is co-sponsored by SNPA.
This event is open only to SCPA and SNPA member weekly publishers.
Register here.

Webinar: Successfully Negotiating on Value vs. Price Feb. 24

2-3 p.m.

This program will be a fast-paced session focused on three key skills for you and your team:

  • Negotiate smarter, not harder.
  • Negotiate on value, not on price.
  • Win more and lose less in sales!

Meet the Presenter:
With over a decade dedicated to B2B selling and coaching, Daniel Grissom has a proven track record of igniting sales growth. He is a world-class communicator, able to connect and collaborate with all types of people – from sellers to leaders, from sales to operations and from Africa to Asia. He has already helped many of the world’s top companies improve their sales effectiveness. He is the author of “Step Up – How to Win More and Lose Less in Business” and his forthcoming book “The Deal Closers – How to Win, More, Faster in Sales.”

The cost to attend is $35. Register here.

Last day to get your Annual Meeting hotel room March 1
Book your stay at The Marriott in downtown Columbia by March 1 to receive SCPA's group rate of $139. Make your reservation online here or by calling 1-800-593-6465 (Make sure to mention you are part of the S.C. Press Association group to receive discounted rate).  Also, make sure you've registered to attend the meeting.
Webinar: Best Practices for Public Notice March 2

2-3 p.m.

The newspaper industry has had a lot of success protecting public notice in the state legislatures, but collectively we’re on the defensive. Our opponents are more motivated than ever and increasingly sophisticated in their arguments. Every newspaper must play a role in this fight. This session will focus on the state of public notice and the best practices that every publisher should follow to help the industry maintain its rightful position as the publisher of official notice of public actions.

Meet the Presenters:
Richard Karpel is president of APW, an association management company based in Falls Church, Virginia. APW represents the Public Notice Resource Center, American Court and Commercial Newspapers and other newspaper-industry clients. He was formerly executive director of the American Society of News Editors and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Eric Barnes is publisher and CEO of The Daily News Publishing Company, which, through its five newspapers in Tennessee, is the largest publisher of public notices in the state. He is also president of American Court and Commercial Newspapers, vice president of the Tennessee Press Association, and an author of novels and short stories.

Brad Thompson is president and CEO of Detroit Legal News Co., which publishes 10 legal newspapers in Michigan and also has a large commercial printing division. He is president of the Public Notice Resource Center, immediate past chairman of Printing Industries of America, treasurer of the Michigan Press Association and a board member of the National Newspaper Association.

The cost to attend is $35. Register here.

Deadline to register for SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards March 6

Make plans now to join us March 17-18, in lively downtown Columbia for SCPA's 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards! We have a great line-up planned, including educational sessions, networking events and more in our jam-packed schedule, plus awards to present! Here's the full schedule of events and how to register! The last day to register is Monday, March 6.

It's also the final day to purchase a congratulatory ad in the Annual Meeting program! View sizes available and reserve your space today.

Deadline to sponsor SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards March 6

The S.C. Press Association has a special opportunity for you to increase your visibility before the state’s newspaper industry while supporting our organization. The SCPA Annual Meeting offers an unequaled opportunity to reach key decision-makers in our state’s newspaper industry. Our members produce 15 daily and nearly 90 weekly newspapers in South Carolina, with a combined readership of more than 2.3 million. SCPA’s Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of newspaper personnel in South Carolina each year, and attracts more than 350 publishers, editors and newspaper staff members from across the state. It incorporates a variety of activities including a kick-off party and educational sessions with our highlight events – the News Contest Awards Presentations, which recognize the best and brightest in newspaper journalism. 

SCPA's Annual Meeting will be held during the weekend of March 17-18, 2017, at The Marriott in lively downtown Columbia. You’ll see there are sponsorship options for every budget. Please mark your calendars and join us as a sponsor of this important event!

Support this great event by sponsoring!

SCPA Foundation Internship and Scholarship Application Deadline March 10
Find out more details and apply for a Foundation internship or scholarship.
Sunshine Week March 12-18
Join us in celebrating access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Columns, cartoons and promotional resources will be available in early March.
SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation March 17-18

Make plans now to join us March 17-18, in lively downtown Columbia for SCPA's 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards! We have a great line-up planned, including educational sessions, networking events and more in our jam-packed schedule, plus awards to present! Here's the full schedule of events and how to register! The last day to register is Monday, March 6.

Book your stay at The Marriott in downtown Columbia by March 1 to receive SCPA's group rate of $139. Make your reservation online here or by calling 1-800-593-6465 (Make sure to mention you are part of the S.C. Press Association group to receive discounted rate).  

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Annual Meeting, there’s still time! The Annual Meeting is the best way to connect with the Palmetto State’s newspaper industry. Find out more about how your organization can sign on as a sponsor. The final day to sign on as a sponsor is Monday, March 6.

Webinar: Engaging Readers Through Your Editorial Page March 23

2-3 p.m.
Award-winning editorial writer and incoming S.C. Press Association president Michael Smith of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal explains how he crafts his editorials, and offers pointers for keeping the community conversation vibrant, all while maintaining a fast-paced newsroom.

Meet the Presenter:

Michael Smith is the executive editor of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal, as well as three North Carolina newspapers — the Gaston Gazette, Hendersonville Times-News and Shelby Star. He’s a two-time Best of GateHouse Editorial Writer of the Year, edging out writers from larger papers like the Columbus Dispatch and Providence Journal for the honor. Independent judges in the 2016 Best of GateHouse contest said this of his writing: “Michael Smith’s editorials cast clear moral purpose in strong language.”

The cost to attend is $35. Register here.

SCPA Contests

2016 News Contest

2016 Collegiate Contest

2015-2016 Ad Contest Winners

2015 News Contest Winners

2015 Collegiate Contest

2014 Ad Contest Winners

2014 News Contest Winners

2013 Ad Contest Winners

2013 News Contest Winners

2013 Collegiate Contest Winners

2012 Ad Contest Winners

2012 News Contest Winners

2012 Collegiate Contest Winners

2011 Ad Contest Winners