S.C. police agencies should follow FOIA law

S.C. police agencies should follow FOIA law Published May 2022 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications A “possibly gang-related” shooting in a Greenville middle school. Records from the 2009 disappearance of a high school student in Myrtle Beach. And the notorious murder of Maggie and…

Use your special insight to recommend election choices

Use your special insight to recommend election choices Published May 4, 2022 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Coverage of public affairs – recording the actions and inactions of governing bodies from local to federal levels – demands attention from newsrooms year-round. And for good reason. Elected officials regularly debate and…

A good idea is worth the wait

A good idea is worth the wait By John Foust, Advertising Trainer When I was a kid and jumped to conclusions about something, my father often said, “Hold your horses, son.” That’s an old saying that means, “Whoa! Stop and think carefully before making a decision.” Dad had a lot…

Lawsuit Settlement Will Loosen Ethics Confidentiality

Lawsuit Settlement Will Loosen Ethics Confidentiality Published April 2022 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications Just as the media have investigated and disclosed numerous examples of apparent conflicts of interest and corruption in state and local government here in South Carolina, a pending settlement of…

Seize opportunity to steer, moderate election noise

Seize opportunity to steer, moderate election noise Published April 2022 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Election coverage was a priority when I toiled behind the editor’s desk. It was all-hands-on-deck in the newsroom as we sought information to help voters make their choices. As a final step, we endorsed in…

The importance of proofreading

The importance of proofreading By John Foust, Advertising Trainer Proofreading is one of the most important skills in the advertising world. While anybody with a sense of humor can appreciate a harmless blooper (one of my favorites is the sign that read, “Ears pierced while you wait”), no advertiser wants…

Publication of Murdaugh Phone Call Recordings Raises Legal Issues

Publication of Murdaugh Phone Call Recordings Raises Legal Issues Published March 2022 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act provides that state agencies must provide public records, within certain parameters and exceptions, to the public upon request. It also defines…

Sunshine Week 2022 | Andy Brack

Sunshine Week 2022 Column: Andy Brack Follow the law by making records, meetings always open for all For publication: Sunshine Week, 2022 686 words By Andy Brack MARCH 11, 2022  |  South Carolinians share a common value that public meetings and the work of government should be done in public…

Sunshine Week 2022 | Richard Whiting

Sunshine Week 2022 Column: Richard Whiting Freedom of Information Act serves you, the public By Richard Whiting Have you participated in elections that put school board members, city and county council members or state lawmakers in office? Do you pay state and local taxes and, in return, receive services? Do…

Sunshine Week 2022 | Taylor Smith

Sunshine Week 2022 Column: SCPA Attorney Taylor Smith By SCPA Attorney Taylor Smith Sunshine Week has arrived and is our annual reminder that if governmental transparency is not achieved our democracy will also never be fully realized. Rejoice, though, the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (SCFOIA) exists and sets…