Collegiate Contest & Awards
SCPA holds an annual contest to recognize excellence in journalism and advertising. Students are recognized with awards in writing, editing, design, photography and other competitions. 2023 Collegiate Contest awards will be presented April 12,2024, at Winthrop University. The 2024 Collegiate Contest will start accepting entries in early October 2024. The deadline to enter will be Dec. 6, 2024.
SCPA hosts several training events each year. Collegiate members can attend these events at discounted rates. Past workshop topics have included: data journalism, digital marketing, ad sales, social media, design, writing and reporting, copy editing, covering local government, libel and how to use the Freedom of Information Act. SCPA will also help arrange on-site training upon request.
Collegiate members may order hard plastic photo PRESS ID cards. SCPA press cards are recognized by state police and emergency officials, and may be used for admission to the S.C. Legislative press area. Orders must be requested by the collegiate member newspaper adviser.
Free consultations with experienced professional journalists may be arranged to handle training, concerns or questions.
Collegiate members are encouraged to use SCPA’s website to view current job openings in the newspaper industry. By joining SCPA, you will also have the opportunity to meet and network with member newspaper publishers, editors, advertising directors and staff.
Internships & Scholarships
The SCPA Foundation offers 8-week $4,480 summer internships that offer students an opportunity to gain practical experience at one of the state’s newspapers. The Foundation’s $1,000 Mundy Scholarship is awarded annually to a South Carolina journalism student. Applications are now available.
The FOI/Legal Hotline is a free service to collegiate members that provides members with prompt, free advice and answers to legal and FOI questions. Consultation is available in areas including: open records and meetings, access to courts, law enforcement procedures, shield law, invasion of privacy, copyright law, advertising regulations, ethics and libel/defamation.
Collegiate membership dues are based on your college’s undergraduate enrollment. Diane, our accounting manager, will be in touch with advisers in Sept. of each academic year with an invoice based on your school’s undergrad enrollment. Dues must be paid before you can order Press IDs, use our services and participate in activities. Review or initiate your membership by selecting your school’s undergraduate enrollment to determine your current dues.