Webinar: Free and Cheap Tools Your Newsroom Should Use

Dec. 14

2 -3 p.m.

As our industry continues to contract, our inclination is to try to do everything we always did with fewer resources. If you find yourself and everyone else in your newsroom stretched and frayed, you need a newsroom reset. Jean Hodges of GateHouse Media talks about how to set priorities to match your audience, explore planning techniques to work smarter and use analytics to infor your decisions.

The cost is $35. Register here.

Meet the trainer: Val Hoeppner is a digital journalist, teacher, trainer and media strategist. Hoeppner spent 20 years in newsrooms as a photojournalist, newsroom leader and multimedia director. She also spent five years working with journalism professionals, educators and students in her role as director of education for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. As CEO of Val Hoepnner Media and Consulting, LLC, Hoeppner travels to newsrooms, universities and media conferences to train journalists in mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling. She is also the Professional Journalist in Residence at Middle Tennessee State University.
SCPA/SCNN Offices Closed Dec. 25-26
Merry Christmas!
SCPA/SCNN Offices Closed

Jan. 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Legislative Workshop for the Media

Jan. 4, 2018

This event is open only to members of SCPA, SCBA and AP. 

The annual Legislative Workshop for the Media will preview the 2018 legislative session. This event will take place Thursday, Jan. 4, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Solomon Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Make plans to join your state legislators as they discuss various topics including the abandoned VC Summer nuclear projec, pension reform, public education reform and the Abbeville lawsuit response, tax reform, opioids, ethics reform and more.

We recommend this event for editors, new and veteran Statehouse reporters, editorial writers, city editors and assignment editors.

The event is a one-stop shop for credentialed media to interview key members of both the House and Senate. Confirmed panelists will include Sens. Sean Bennett, Brad Hutto, Ronnie Sabb, Reps. Rita Allison, Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Russell Ott, Tommy Pope and Mandy Powers Norrell. We will add to this list as panelists are confirmed.

Les Boles, Director of the Office of State Budget, will give an overview of revenue and spending projections for the coming year.

Lee Harter, executive editor of The Times and Democrat, will moderate. All discussions are on the record.

Lunch will be provided. 

This workshop is sponsored by S.C. Press Association, S.C. Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press.

The cost to attend this event is $60.

SCPA members: Because of space limitations, this workshop is open to printed newspapers only.

SCBA members should register with the promo code provided by the Broadcasters Association. 

The final day to register is Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.  Register today!

FOI Committee Jan. 12, 2018
11 am - 2 pm
SCPA Offices, Columbia
Daily Publishers Roundtable

Jan. 26, 2018

Mark your calendar now for SCPA's annual Daily Publishers’ Roundtable. Join us Jan. 26, 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: new ad ideas that are working, non-traditional ways to build revenue, managing with less, digital products and more.
The cost to attend is $15, which includes a catered lunch.
Register here.

Weekly Publishers Roundtable

Feb. 2, 2018

Mark your calendar now for SCPA's annual Weekly Publishers Roundtable. Join us Friday, Feb. 2, 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.
Register here.

Ad Sales Basics

Feb. 8, 2018

Join us at SCPA Offices in Columbia on Thursday, Feb. 8, 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 quarterly 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, Ritchie will help attendees understand sales basics, including selling against competition, dealing with objections, closing skills, basic design and consultative selling.
Attendees will receive our Ad Basics notebook, which contains a wealth of information that Ritchie has collected over the years.
Cost to attend is $45, which includes a boxed lunch.
Register here.

SCPA Foundation Internship & Scholarship Application Deadline March 9, 2018
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. 
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 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.

SCPA Contests

2017 News Contest Rules

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