USC Media Law School application deadline August 20

The 2018 Media Law School, hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Law and College of Information and Communications, and sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates, will provide selected journalists with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the key stages of civil and criminal proceedings and to learn enough basic law to report accurately on many important issues in the news.

From September 19–22, 2018, approximately two dozen journalists who are selected as 2018 Media Law School Fellows will not only receive instruction from law professors and experienced lawyers, but they will have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions freely of the instructors.

Best of all, we are able to provide this experience with no registration fee, no housing cost, and with a $400 travel allowance to help offset the cost of coming to Columbia. Fellows will stay three nights at The Inn at USC Wyndham Gardenand classes will be held at the School of Law (located at 1525 Senate Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208), within walking distance of the Inn on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

We invite you to apply or to nominate other journalists to apply to become a 2018 Fellow. If you know someone who might be interested in applying for this opportunity, please pass the information along. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 20, 2018 and accepted fellows will be notified immediately thereafter.

Find out more details and apply here.

Webinar: Planning Enterprise (And 30 Ideas!) August 30

2-3 p.m.

Need to cut out some time to plan that impactful enterprise story? We offer a number of tips on brainstorming, planning and execution! And just to help you get started, we’ll be offering 30 great story ideas in 15 minutes. Tim Schmitt of GateHouse Media’s Newsroom Development team helps you lay the groundwork for some great projects, and then offers up some ideas that help fill your project calendar. This is fast-paced and fun!

Meet the trainer: 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.

The cost to attend is $35. SNPA members can register for free.

Register today!

Greenville NewsTrain Sept. 7-8

Sept. 7  |  1-4:25 p.m.
Sept. 8  |  8:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Younts Conference Center, Furman University

Greenville NewsTrain, sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and hosted by The Greenville News will offer a day and a half of digital journalism training on Sept. 7-8, 2018, at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. This training is great for print journalists, journalism educators and students. Topics will include storytelling on mobile, mobile newsgathering, maximizing and measuring social media for audience engagement, and more.

Register through Aug. 7 to get the early-bird discount of $75...the registration fee increases to $85 on Aug. 8.

There are also 5 diversity scholarships available from the APME Foundation, which will pay for your registration fee. The deadline to apply for a diversity scholarship is this Friday, Aug. 3.

More information and registration here.

Daily Editors Roundtable Sept. 14

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SCPA Offices, Columbia

Daily executive, managing and other senior editors are invited to attend SCPA's annual Daily Editors Roundtable on Friday, Sept. 14, 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: FOI issues, motivating and training staff, special projects and sections, multimedia reporting, social media opportunities and issues, stories that get traction and the ongoing saga of doing more with less.

The cost to attend is $15, which includes a catered lunch.  Special thanks to SNPA for co-sponsoring this event!

A roundtable for weekly editors will take place on Sept. 21.

Register here!

Ad Sales Basics Sept. 20

Join us at SCPA Offices in Columbia on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., as we cover the basics of advertising sales and get your revenue-producing staff off to a great start!

Ad Basics, SCPA's popular sales training workshop, is designed for newspaper ad sales employees with less than a year’s experience.

Alanna Ritchie, Ad Director for the S.C. Newspaper Network, will conduct this full-day workshop. A veteran of weekly and daily newspaper sales, Alanna will help attendees understand sales basics, including selling against competition, dealing with objections, closing skills, basic design and consultative selling.

Here’s what past attendees have said about Ad Basics:

•  Very beneficial! This will help me tremendously.
•  Everyone who is new to selling should take this seminar.
•  Useful and motivational!
•  Can’t wait to apply all I learned! 
•  Alanna is very knowledgeable and enjoyable. Great instructor!

Attendees will receive our Ad Basics notebook, which contains a wealth of information that Alanna has collected over the years.

Cost to attend is $45, which includes a boxed lunch. 

Participants are asked to send in specific questions for Alanna. You can do this directly on the registration form.

This event is open only to SCPA members. Register now!

Weekly Editors Roundtable Sept. 21

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SCPA Offices, Columbia

Weekly editors are invited to attend SCPA's annual Weekly Editors Roundtable on Friday, Sept. 21, 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: FOI issues, motivating and training staff, special projects and sections, multimedia reporting, social media opportunities and issues, stories that get traction and the ongoing saga of doing more with less.

The cost to attend is $15, which includes a catered lunch. Special thanks to SNPA for co-sponsoring this event! 

Register today!

IRE Computer-Assisted Reporting Bootcamp Sept. 28

Sharpen your journalism and computer-assisted reporting skills on Friday, Sept. 28, as SCPA hosts IRE for a full-day boot camp. Sponsored by the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, this event will be a mix of training and hands-on work featuring the industry’s leading data-driven journalism organization, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). At this event, you’ll learn how to use social media and online search tools to find information and connect with sources, how to effectively use spreadsheets for analyzing data, and you’ll learn how to best present data for readers. This event is catered specifically toward SCPA’s daily and weekly newspaper members – large and small – so regardless of your beat or your newspaper’s size, frequency or resources, you’ll walk away with practical skills. At only $65, this is an unheard of value for top-notch training that will expand your skills and teach you cutting edge tools and techniques to help dig up vital information on deadline, and to quickly add depth and context. The last time we offered IRE training, we sold out quickly so if you're interested, sign up soon. 

Here’s a breakdown of the topics we’ll cover:

9:30-10:30 a.m.  |   Digital sleuthing on deadline: Tips for using social media and online search tools to dig out information, connect with sources and more.

10:30-10:45 a.m.  |  Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  |  Hands-On Spreadsheet Training Part I: Use computer-assisted reporting for better watchdog stories and beat coverage. Spreadsheet basics and formulas.

12:15-12:30 p.m.  |  Break

12:30-1 p.m.  |  Working lunch/Everyday watchdog: In this session, we'll talk about juggling daily work and bigger projects, review some popular time management tools and show examples of solid enterprise stories that don't take months to turn around.

1-3:30 p.m.  |  Hands-on Spreadsheet Training Part II: Analyze data with sorting, filtering and pivot tables. 

3:30-4 p.m.  |   How to integrate watchdog into your shift. Tips on time management, organization and daily watchdog stories, as well as further resources for finding help on the fly.

3:30-3:45 p.m.  |   Break

3:45-4:30 p.m.  |  Easy, free dataviz tools: A roundup of free tools that newsrooms can use to present their journalism online -- no coding required! -- and a discussion of what makes an effective data visualization.

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with access to Google Sheets to this event. If you don’t have a Google account, you will need to create one. If you need help creating a Google account, contact SCPA.

This event is open only to SCPA members. Thanks to sponsorship from the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, the cost to attend is only $65, which includes a boxed lunch. This hands-on session is limited to 30 attendees. If you’d like to guarantee a spot, sign up today!

Meet the trainer:
Cody Winchester has been a watchdog reporter, data specialist and web developer for daily newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas. Before joining IRE as a training director in April 2017, he was a news applications  specialist at the Austin American-Statesman. He uses Python, Javascript, SQL and other tools to analyze data, develop interactives and otherwise support his  journalism. He also has organized and led newsroom training sessions on  various watchdog and CAR topics. Cody has a communications degree from Black Hills State University and a master’s degree in international journalism from Baylor University.

About IRE:
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources.

Register today!

National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13
Details and promo kit coming soon!
SCPA Executive Committee Meeting Oct. 25

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SCPA Offices, Columbia

SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation April 5-6. 2019
The Marriott, Columbia
More details coming soon!

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