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Sedition

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Sedition Posted Jan. 18, 2022By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

The Great Dividing Line

The Great Dividing Line Tom Poland Posted Jan. 18, 2022By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netYet another dud weather storm forecast teaches me something. When the next Ice Age arrives, its frozen sheet will grind to a halt where I-20 crosses the Southeast. (Assuming civilization lasts that long.) Winter forecasts prove over...

Into the issues

INTO THE ISSUES AP lets non-member weeklies republish its investigative story about 2020 election fraud Published Jan. 10, 2022 By Al Cross Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly held — to...

Miss Lucy, Childhood Legend

Miss Lucy, Childhood Legend Tom Poland Posted Jan. 3, 2022By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSmall towns have that one eccentric person people long remember. Lincolnton, Georgia, had Miss Lucy Glaze. As I write I see a woman dressed in black, like Granny Clampett, racing down the sidewalk brandishing a rake. My...

Would you mind showing me around?

Would you mind showing me around? By John Foust, Advertising Trainer One of the most important questions you can ask an advertising client is, “Would you mind showing me around?”Think about it. When you have a conversation in a client’s office, you get a filtered version of that person’s business....

Remembering Smokehouses

Remembering Smokehouses Tom Poland Posted Dec. 13, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netI wrote about old hand-dug wells not long ago. Many old wells had a companion nearby, smokehouses. I’ve written about these farm icons before, but a good topic always deserves more coverage. Smokehouses live in lore as fragrant places...

Fate and fortune align for Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden restoration

Fate and fortune align for Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden restoration Posted Nov. 30, 2021By Jack BinghamCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. BISHOPVILLE, S.C. – Pearl Fryar, South Carolina’s internationally-acclaimed topiary artist, and the garden he...

That funny feeling: young climate activists face eco-anxiety

That funny feeling: young climate activists face eco-anxiety Posted Nov. 30, 2021By Mackenzie PattersonCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Climate activists are facing something different from burnout. It isn’t new, but it finally...

‘Does it capture the moment?’ An inside look at the Gamecock athletic creative media team

‘Does it capture the moment?’ An inside look at the Gamecock athletic creative media team Posted Nov. 30, 2021By Alex Jones and Nathaniel ShirleyCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. It’s 9 a.m. on Carolina-Clemson game...

The Old Hand-Dug Well

The Old Hand-Dug Well Tom Poland Posted Dec. 6, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDriving a country road, I passed an old well house. It didn’t look like a wishing well. It looked rustic, more like a shed, a practical structure. I stopped and took a photo of the well. Right...

Fake News

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Fake News Posted Dec. 6, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Inflation

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Inflation Posted Nov. 15, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Don’t let shortcuts thwart quality content

Don’t let shortcuts thwart quality content Published Nov. 2, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Many newsrooms, already strained by lean staffs, have seen resources exacerbated by the economic toll of the coronavirus. Circumstances have prompted editors and reporters to take shortcuts in gathering and publishing the everyday churn of...

A Vanishing Coastal Icon

A Vanishing Coastal Icon Tom Poland Posted Nov. 1, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netPhotographers love to shoot them at sunrise. Riding a glittering golden sea, shrimp boats strike a classic silhouette with that orb of fire rising behind them. A shrimp trawler working coastal waters ranks right up there with...

Pumpkin Patch Northeast UMC celebrates over twenty years, gives back to community

Pumpkin Patch Northeast UMC celebrates over twenty years, gives back to community Posted Oct. 25, 2021By Michaela CatoeCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Walking into the Northeast United Methodist Church pumpkin patch for...

That Legendary Everlasting Plant, Rabbit Tobacco

That Legendary Everlasting Plant, Rabbit Tobacco Tom Poland Posted Oct. 26, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netShe smoked it as a kid. Said she smoked grapevines too but it was Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium, one of the everlastings, she talked about most. She and her brothers and sisters smoked rabbit tobacco. She was...

Cut down on exclamation marks

Cut down on exclamation marks By John Foust, Advertising Trainer Lately I have noticed a disturbing trend in print and online advertising: the overuse of exclamation marks. They’re all over the place. Interestingly, no grammar book I have ever seen has suggested using more exclamation marks – or exclamation points...

Elusive Butterfly Of Fall

Elusive Butterfly Of Fall Tom Poland Posted Oct. 19, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDecember 1965, that’s when a catchy tune debuted. Bob Lind’s “Elusive Butterfly” used a butterfly as a metaphor for love. Some of you survivors of these modern times might remember Lind’s line, “I chase the bright elusive...

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright Tom Poland Posted Oct. 14, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netBack in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I’d leave on a Friday afternoon and head for the mountains, the Blue Ridge species. My monthly drives from Columbia, South Carolina, to Buchanan, Virginia, took me to family....

Holy Cow!: Troubling Appeals Court Ruling Holds that Tweet Link May Be Libel, Though the Linked Article Is Not

Holy Cow!: Troubling Appeals Court Ruling Holds that Tweet Link May Be Libel, Though the Linked Article Is Not Published Oct. 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications You may have noticed that California Congressman Devin Nunes is in the news. If you’re interested in...

Please steal this plan

INTO THE ISSUES Please steal this plan Published Oct. 12, 2021 By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community newspapers have a role...

See you later, alligator: Experts chime in on viral video

See you later, alligator: Experts chime in on viral video Posted Oct. 7, 2021By Meghan Hurley and Destiny Stewart Carolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. A recent viral video captured in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, exposed an alligator’s cannibalistic...

National Newspaper Week

Newspapers are vital to the health of S.C. communities Editor's Note: National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9. In addition to this column and ad, the national content kit includes ads, logos, columns, editorials and other features available free to newspapers. Feel free to adapt if you are a free distribution paper. By...

Through Our Eyes Project launches in Columbia

Through Our Eyes Project launches in Columbia, S.C. Posted Sept. 29, 2021Contact: Jason Williamson(864) 918-4480info@throughoureyesproject.comThis week, 100 people affected by homelessness in Columbia, S.C. will receive disposable cameras with one task: to tell their stories.This latest installment of the Through Our Eyes Project is the sixth to reach out to...

My Last Dog

My Last Dog Tom Poland Posted Sept. 28, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netShould you walk our family land in eastern Georgia, you’ll come across several cemeteries. No, they’re not ancestors. You won’t see headstones. You’ll see wooden crosses and one brick-like stone of quartz. Unlike ancestors we never knew, loved...

Y’all-Mart: A new alternative flea market in Columbia

Y’all-Mart: A new alternative flea market in Columbia Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Noah Patheja and Mackenzie PattersonCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Columbia residents may be familiar with the large Soda City Saturday market, but...

At Planned Parenthood, more protests, support in wake of Texas decision

At Planned Parenthood, more protests, support in wake of Texas decision Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Connor Hart and Julie Crosby Carolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Yells of “Roll down your window!” and, “Let us help...

The Big Lie

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: The Big Lie Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Catching Gators

Catching Gators Tom Poland Posted Sept. 17, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIf you’re going to get ‘et,’ be brave and get ‘et.’Like a lot of eastern Georgians I grew up with no contact with gators. My writing career, however, would put me around gators far more than I ever imagined.Two...

SOS for South Carolina’s FOIA

SOS for South Carolina’s FOIA Published Sept. 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications In the past several weeks and months we have seen numerous examples of local and state government boards and agencies refusing to comply with South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act. These...

The advertising sales cycle

The advertising sales cycle By John Foust, Advertising Trainer Let’s take a look at the sales cycle. For our purposes, the focus is on advertising media sales, but this concept can apply to any business. Although the cycle has a beginning and an end, the end leads to a new...

The Good Old Days Are Gone

The Good Old Days Are Gone Tom Poland Posted Sept. 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netLast Friday night some grandparents went to watch their grandson play in a high school football game. They were in for a shock. Paying for the old and reliable paper ticket had given way to...

Who’s The Queen Of Flowers?

Who's The Queen Of Flowers? Tom Poland Posted Aug. 30, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net Orchids.There were days I wore them in my lapel for formal events, but those days are gone. I’ve not seen many in the wild, but I have seen yellow-fringed orchids in Carolina bays where they...

Are you telling your own stories?

Are you telling your own stories? Published Aug. 30, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant I circulated a column celebrating community newspapers earlier this year in recognition of Sunshine Week. Its publication prompted a few comments.One reader, who hailed from a Minneapolis suburb, read the column in his local paper....

Long Lost Treasures, Heirloom Seeds

Long Lost Treasures, Heirloom Seeds Tom Poland Posted Aug. 11, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netMetal detectives seek old coins and treasure, and many folks look for arrowheads. A rare breed seeks long-lost seeds. Old coins and arrowheads won’t make you healthy but heirloom produce can.Monday, August 9, I spent the...