Study Shows Increasing U.S. Supreme Court Skepticism of the Press

Study Shows Increasing U.S. Supreme Court Skepticism of the Press Published May 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications Despite avowed threats to media freedom in recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have showed general fealty to the landmark New York Times…

Give your advertising some personality

Give your advertising some personality By John Foust, Advertising Trainer Kirk likes to work directly with his ad clients on their creative strategies. “Making a sale is just the first step in the journey,” he said. “It’s a big part of my job to make sure my clients stand out…

Chauvin Trial Shows Importance of Court Access

Chauvin Trial Shows Importance of Court Access Published April 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications There has been a lot of attention focused on the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Occurring in the context of…

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner Published April 14, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Last summer’s Grassroots Editor still sits in my stack of journalism publications. The edition announced the Golden Quill winners in annual competition sponsored by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. I…

Jim Holderman and open government in South Carolina

Jim Holderman and open government in South Carolina Published April 2021 By SCPA Attorney Jay Bender Former University of South Carolina president Jim Holderman has died, but his legacy lives in a crucial interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The FOIA has…

Attack of the morale-killing bosses

Attack of the morale-killing bosses By John Foust, Advertising Trainer In my advertising and training career, I’ve observed – and heard about – a lot of boss-employee encounters. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been instructive. In many cases, we can learn as much from the…

“The Right to Be Forgotten” Washes Ashore in the U.S.

“The Right to Be Forgotten” Washes Ashore in the U.S. Published March 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications We all make mistakes, take foolish actions, and say stupid things. Most of the time, these errors in judgment are ephemeral: we deal with the consequences—or…

Newspapers excel as your collective ‘eyes and ears’

Newspapers excel as your collective ‘eyes and ears’ Published March 15, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant My days of sitting behind an editor’s desk have passed, but I’ll never lose my newspaper blood. I regularly enjoy my first cup of coffee while scanning newspaper websites. It’s a great way…

Sunshine Week 2021

Sunshine Week 2021 Bill Rogers (click to view and download high res image) Posted March 12, 2021 Sunshine Week is March 14-20, 2021. Make plans now to join SCPA and news organizations across the country in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for…

Open government is key to honest government

Open government is key to honest government Ken Paulson, Director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University The Free Speech Center shared this Sunshine Week column with SCPA members. You are welcome to republish. It includes this advice on how to support transparency in government: Read and…