Webinar: Workflow Automation Tools For Newsrooms of Any Size Feb. 22

2-3 p.m.

From publishing to social media, to editing video, to working in the CMS, there are so many different dashboards, logins and systems to manage. Penny Riordan will highlight tools that some small-to mid-size newsrooms have used to automate some of these processes. This includes hacks for calendar entries, social media workflows and tools like Zapier, Slack and IFTTT to connect more products and dashboards.

The cost is $35. Register here.

Meet the trainer: Penny Riordan manages digital content partnerships for GateHouse Media. Prior to joining the GateHouse, she worked for Patch.com for four years,where she led social media, blogging and user generated content efforts for the company.

Deadline to get your Annual Meeting hotel room March 2
Book your stay at The Marriott in downtown Spartanburg by March 2 to receive SCPA's group rate of $135. Make your reservation here or by calling (864) 596-1211. Make sure to mention you are part of the S.C. Press Association group to receive discounted rate.  Limited rooms are available so if you're planning to stay, go ahead and secure your reservation today!
Webinar: Flipping Objections on the Spot March 2

2-3 p.m.

Objection handling is a skill that all sales people need to master. Ryan will highlight the six most common objections media sales people face on a daily basis and show you how to flip those objections into closed deals with ease and style. Because Ryan sells every day, these objections and scenarios are timely, relevant, and practical. Ryan will dig deep into objections like, “I’m moving all my advertising to social media.” And, “I am not seeing ROI from print.” And, “Why don’t you just write an article about my company?” This workshop is designed to give sales reps at all levels the skills they need to walk into an conversation with an advertiser with confidence. With 25 years experience in the media sales business, Ryan has heard it all. And because he still sells media today, his responses will be relevant, timely and right on the mark!

The cost is $35. Register here.

Meet the trainer: Ryan Dohrn is the founder of media sales strategy firm Brain Swell Media and the creator of the 360 Ad Sales System taught to over 5,000 ad sales reps in seven countries. Ryan’s 25 year media sales and marketing career includes leadership roles at PennWell Publishing, Disney/ABC TV and the New York Times Company. Ryan works with over 50 newspapers per year and has a deep passion for the newspaper business. He is an Emmy Award winner, business book author and has been features in USA Today and Forbes.com Ryan currently works on a monthly basis with over 75 media companies and their related sales and management teams.

Deadline to register for the Annual Meeting March 7

You don't want to miss seeing more than 350 of your Palmetto State newspaper friends at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, presented by AT&T, during the weekend of March 16-17, at The Spartanburg Marriott! The Annual Meeting will feature world-class training from the experts at GateHouse Media, parent company of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. In addition to the educational sessions and networking events, we'll present 800 awards at the Weekly & Associate Awards Luncheon and the Daily Awards Dinner. Educational sessions are free and open to all SCPA members. Tickets are only required for meal functions. We can't wait to see you in Sparkle City! 

Check out the full schedule of events and register today!

SCPA Foundation Internship & Scholarship Application Deadline March 9
The Foundation's internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in news reporting, copy editing, photojournalism, advertising or visual communications. Our internship program prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate... in fact many former interns now work full-time for a S.C. newspaper.
The Foundation also awards up to three scholarships each year to S.C. college students interested in pursuing newspaper careers. The premier scholarship, worth $3,000 per academic year, is named for the Foundation's first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal.

Find out more details and apply for an internship or scholarship.The deadline to apply is March 9, 2018. 
Sunshine Week March 11-17

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of open government, will be held March 11-17.
Join SCPA and countless organizations across the country in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.
Promo materials coming soon!

SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards March 16-17

You don't want to miss seeing more than 350 of your Palmetto State newspaper friends at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, presented by AT&T, during the weekend of March 16-17, at The Spartanburg Marriott! The Annual Meeting will feature world-class training from the experts at GateHouse Media, parent company of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. In addition to the educational sessions and networking events, we'll present 800 awards at the Weekly & Associate Awards Luncheon and the Daily Awards Dinner. Educational sessions are free and open to all SCPA members. Tickets are only required for meal functions. We can't wait to see you in Sparkle City! 

Check out the full schedule of events and register today!

The Spartanburg Marriott, situated in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, is offering a discounted rate of $135 for SCPA members. Make your reservation online today!

If you love South Carolina's newspaper industry, please consider sponsoring the 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards! The Annual Meeting is the best way to connect with the Palmetto State’s newspaper industry. Find out more and sign on as a sponsor. To be included in the program, sponsorship reservation must be received by March 2, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Jen Madden or Bill Rogers at (803) 750-9561.

Webinar: Understanding Analytics March 22

2-3 p.m.

An overview of how to use Google Analytics. As an editor, what trends should you be looking for to steer coverage? And what can you glean from the numbers, including actionable items? We will take a look at how the numbers can help drive major projects, and what you can be bringing to your news meetings. Sherri Horton, GateHouse’s data scientist, will help you look into this important field.

The cost is $35. Register here.

Meet the trainer: Sherri Horton is a data scientist for GateHouse Media. She’s been working in digital marketing, SEO, social media and analytics for the past six years. Horton is currently working to bring the power of predictive intelligence to local news.

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