Webinar: Automatic InDesign August 25

2-3 p.m.

InDesign has so many built in features that automate our work, allowing us to work smarter, not harder. Whether building pages or ads, you can save time, every time, with just some of the helpful tips I’ll be showing in these webcasts.

Some of what we’ll cover includes:
• Using Snippets for quick ad and page building
• Using Next and Nested Styles for quick text formatting (class assumes viewers already know basic use of Paragraph and Character Styles)
• How Object Styles will change the way you build documents
• What is Gridify and how it will speed production dramatically
• Much more

Session II Follow up! Friday, October 6 – Registration will be available soon
• Data Merge for faster photo pages (and more)
• Use InDesign’s Captions feature for faster, and more accurate, cutline creation (can also be used on ads)
• Much more

The cost to attend is $35. Register here!

Meet the trainer
Russell Viers is an international speaker who, since 1997, has presented in 22 countries for publishing events including AdobeMAX, where he was honored as an AdobeMAX Master. In addition to speaking, he has helped many major publications and designers learn techniques to work faster and improve quality including Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, American Greetings, and many others.

FOI Committee Meeting Sept. 14
11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
SCPA Offices, Columbia
Webinar: Headlines that pop Sept. 21

2-3 p.m.

Engaging, creative, yet informative headlines don’t just happen. Jean Hodges walks through best practices, creative planning processes and tips for reporters, editors and designers. Headlines have never been more important for attracting readers online and in print. Learn the art and science of writing winning headlines.

The cost to attend is $35. Register here!

Meet the trainers
Tim Schmitt has spent decades in various newsrooms — some print, and some broadcast. He was a sports reporter, news reporter, and then managing editor of his hometown paper, the Tonawanda News in New York, where he led an award-winning editorial page. He has worked as an editor, staffer and longtime contributor with the Arizona Daily Sun, the Mesa Tribune, the Arizona Republic, the Buffalo Current, and the Niagara Falls Gazette, where he was executive sports editor over four dailies.

Jean Hodges is the senior director of content for GateHouse Newsroom. Jean develops strategy and works with newsroom leaders on digital transformation, from newsroom structure to using analytics to inform news decisions. As journalists face myriad challenges, the best are experimenting with new ways to draw readers in, while fearlessly tackling watchdog reporting and sticking up for the underdog.

Photoshop Workshop Sept. 22

Join us at SCPA Offices on Friday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. as Adobe expert Michelle Kerscher goes over the best ways to use Photoshop. In the morning, Michelle will teach you all the basics, including how to use tools and palettes, how to crop and straighten images and how to properly resize and compress images for print and Web projects. 
In the afternoon, Michelle will go over some of Photoshop's advanced features, including how to get better results with color and black-and-white photos by adjusting the levels, curves, hue and brightness. She’ll also show you her favorite healing, fill, filter and retouching tools, including how to remove noise and refine edges. She’ll wrap up the day by showing you how to create actions to automate repetitive tasks. After this session, you are sure to walk away with tons of tips to save you time and make your photos look better!
The cost for SCPA members to attend is $65.
Register here!

National Newspaper Week Oct. 1-7

National Newspaper Week is the annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small all over.
This year we mark the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week.
In late September, SCPA will release a promo kit including a house ad, cartoon and Op-Ed pieces.
Materials will also be available from the Newspaper Association Managers group.
The national kit will contain editorials, editorial cartoons, promotional ads and more, all available for download at no charge.
This year’s theme is “Real Newspapers ... Real News!” The aim is to applaud and underscore newspaper media’s role as the leading provider of news in print, online or via mobile devices.
National Newspaper Week participants will be able to download materials and are encouraged to devote as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of newspapers to your communities.  
Many publishers and editors also editorialize about their newspapers' unique relevance. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, publication of timely public notices, etc.

SCPA Executive Committee Meeting Oct. 6
More details coming soon!
News Contest Entry Deadline Dec. 1
Rules will be available in early October. That's also when the digital entry site will open. Now is the time to start gathering your best work and check out last year's winners!
SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards March 16-17, 2018

You don't want to miss seeing more than 350 of your Palmetto State newspaper friends at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation during the weekend of March 16-17, 2018 at the Spartanburg Marriott. The Annual Meeting will feature educational sessions, networking events and more in our jam-packed schedule, plus more than 800 awards to present! All sessions and networking events are free and open to all SCPA members. Tickets are required for meal functions. 

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!

Registration, schedule of events and other details coming soon!

If you'd like information on sponsoring the 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards, contact us for opportunities.

SCPA Contests

2016-2017 Ad Contest Winners

2016 News Contest Winners

2016 Collegiate Contest Winners

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