History of the S.C. Press Association

Established in 1852, the South Carolina Press Association represents and serves the daily and weekly newspapers of South Carolina.  We have a rich and interesting history.

The Palmetto Press

Palmetto Press: The History of South Carolina's Newspapers and Press Association

This 284-page book chronicles the history of S.C. newspapers from 1732 to present day. Written by Pat McNeely and Michael Smith, Palmetto Press is available on Amazon for $19.98. All proceeds go to SCPA’s FOI Fund, which helps newspapers fight open government battles. Find out more!

S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame

The S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes and honors men and women who have excelled in their craft and made significant contributions to journalism and their communities. Only 74 newspaper journalists – from Colonial and Civil War days to the present – have been chosen by their peers for recognition. Meet our recipients and find out how to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame.

Past Presidents of the S.C. Press Association

View our Association’s Past Presidents from 1852 to present day.

An Oral History of S.C. Newspapers: Remembering Eyewitnesses to History

Our Oral History Project contains interviews with some of South Carolina’s leading newspaper journalists from the past 70 years. The goal of the project is to ensure that the heritage of the state’s journalists and newspapers is preserved. The Oral History Project is a joint project of the S.C. Press Association and the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Watch our interviews.