Upcoming Workshops & Events

Oct. 13 | 2-3:00 p.m. | Zoom

Webinar: Syncing Print with Digital Subscribers

Online Media Campus
In This Webinar: 

Subscribers are looking for a seamless user experience across platforms. Many newspaper publishers are focused on increasing digital usage for print subscribers and vice versa.

In this webinar, Matt Larson from Our Hometown will discuss some of the tools being used by newspaper publishers to increase digital usage for print subscribers and vice versa. He will focus on one new technology for syncing Naviga’s CircPro print subscribers with digital memberships on WordPress.

About the Presenter: 

Matt Larson is the president & CEO of Our-Hometown.com and has proudly served the newspaper industry for 12 years. His company provides a WordPress-based platform that has been customized for newspapers to help them monetize their content online. Their mission is to help community newspapers develop digital business models with tools for better storytelling and more efficient local news production. Larson leads a monthly virtual conference series, where he interviews newspaper publishers from all over the country on how they are utilizing digital to connect with socially-distant readers. He is also the publisher of the “Our Hometown News,” a weekly blog and video/audio podcast series, which discusses tech tips, marketing strategy and industry news/events.

The cost to attend this webinar is $35. Learn more and register here.

Note: This webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.

Oct. 20 | 2-2:30 p.m.

News Contest Q&A/Entry Platform Demo

Zoom
Need help navigating the News Contest? Join Jen Madden for a brief Zoom where she’ll share an overview of the New Contest rules, discuss what’s new for 2022, and walk you through a quick demo on how to enter using the digital platform. There will also be plenty of time for your questions. Let us know if you’d like to attend!
Oct. 27 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

SCPA Offices, Columbia
Fall Meeting of SCPA’s Executive Committee to discuss membership, legal/FOI, advocacy and budget matters. More details coming soon!
Nov. 10 | 2-3 p.m.

Diversity Committee Meeting

Zoom
More details coming soon!
Nov. 11 | 2-2:30 p.m.

SCPA Foundation Internship Program Info Session and Q&A

Zoom
If you’re a student interested in applying for a summer 2023 SCPA Foundation internship, join this quick Zoom to get information and ask questions. More details coming soon!
Nov. 17 | 2-3 p.m.

Copyright and Fair Use Training

Zoom

Can your newspaper use a photo of a victim from his or her public Facebook profile? Can you embed a person’s social media post or video on your website? Can someone re-run a large portion of your news story on their blog? Join SCPA Attorney Taylor on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2-3 p.m. as we delve into fair use and copyright, especially in the digital space. We’ll leave plenty of time for your questions.
This session is open to SCPA members and is free to attend.
Please let us know if you’d like to attend.

Nov. 24-25

Happy Thanksgiving!

SCPA Offices Closed

Dec. 2

News Contest Entry Deadline

Rules and the digital entry platform for the 2022 News, Collegiate and Associate/Individual Contests are live! The deadline to enter is Dec. 2. Contests include the News Contest, Associate and Individual Member Contest, and the Collegiate Contest. Good luck and remember to contact us if you have questions about the rules or need help using the digital entry platform.
Dec. 2

Journalism Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements for admission specify that a nominee must have made his or her journalistic reputation in South Carolina. If the reputation reflects achievements outside the state, the nominee must have been a native of South Carolina. Nominees must have been deceased for four or more years.

Nominations may be made by anyone now or previously employed by or associated with a South Carolina newspaper. Nominations not elected are carried over from year to year and considered along with new nominees. Nominations are received and acted upon by a Hall of Fame Selections Committee, appointed by the president of the S.C. Press Association.

Applications should include:

  • Nominee’s date of birth and death
  • Principal newspaper positions held by nominee
  • Major achievements and honors in journalism
  • Published works and other honors outside journalism
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Citation required:

Nominator should prepare a 300-500 word citation suitable for use if nominee is chosen for the S.C. Press Association Hall of Fame. A photo should be included.

If you’d like to nominate someone for the 2023 Hall of Fame, materials must be submitted to Jen Madden by Dec. 2, 2022.

Dec. 6 | 2-3 p.m.

Hall of Fame Committee Meeting

Zoom
More details coming soon!
Dec. 9

SCPA Foundation Internship & Scholarship Application Deadline

The South Carolina Press Association Foundation’s internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in news reporting, copy editing, photojournalism, advertising or visual communications. Our internship program prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate.

The Foundation’s internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in news reporting, copy editing, photojournalism, advertising or visual communications. Our internship program prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate.

Two or more interns are placed each summer at daily and weekly SCPA member newspapers, allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience. If selected as an intern, you will be matched with an SCPA member newspaper that can provide the best learning environment for your area of interest. The Foundation will either help you secure housing for your internship or place you at a newspaper near an area where you already have access to housing.

This is a paid internship. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $4,000 ($500 per week). You do not have to sign up for school credit to have this internship. However, if you want, the internship would qualify for class credit at most schools.

Internships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors, and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.

Apply for a summer internship today!

The Foundation also awards a scholarship each year to a S.C. college student interested in pursuing a newspaper career. The premier scholarship, worth $1,000 per academic year, is named for the Foundation’s first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal. Scholarships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or who reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Apply for the Mundy Scholarship today!

Dec. 23-26

Happy Holidays!

SCPA Offices Closed

Jan. 10, 2023 | 2-2:30 p.m.

New Manager Orientation

Zoom

SCPA is hosting a virtual orientation for new editors, publishers and mangers to go over SCPA and SCNN member services. Join us Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 2-2:30 p.m. via Zoom. This will be an informal space for new leaders of SCPA member papers to get information, ask questions and chat with some of your peers. We’ll go over SCPA’s member services, Legal/FOI Hotline, SLED checks, lobbying, training, contests, communications, resources, ad representation and other benefits of your membership. Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

Jan. 20, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Weekly Publishers Roundtable

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Save the date! More details coming soon!

Jan. 27, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Daily Publishers Roundtable

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Save the date! More details coming soon!

Feb. 10, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

IRE Data Journalism Bootcamp

SCPA Offices, Columbia

This is the rescheduled date for the event originally set for Sept. 30, 2022, that canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Sharpen your data journalism skills on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, as SCPA hosts IRE for a full-day boot camp. Sponsored by the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, this event will be a mix of training and hands-on work featuring the industry’s leading data-driven journalism organization, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

At this event, you’ll learn best practices for effectively using spreadsheets for analyzing data. This event is catered specifically toward S.C. journalists so regardless of your beat or your organization’s size, frequency or resources, you’ll walk away with practical skills. At only $65, this is a great value for top-notch  training  that will expand your skills and teach you cutting edge tools and techniques.

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with access to Google Sheets to this event. If you don’t have a Google account, you will need to create one. If you need help creating a Google account, contact SCPA.

Thanks to sponsorship from the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, the cost to attend is only $65, which includes a boxed lunch. 

This hands-on session is limited to 30 attendees. View agenda and register today!

Contests & Awards

SCPA recognizes the best in South Carolina journalism through our annual contests. Our prestigious awards programs are open to SCPA members only. Each year, nearly 4,000 entries are received in SCPA’s News, Advertising and Collegiate Contests.

  • Our annual News Contest recognizes excellence in daily and weekly newspaper journalism. We also have an Associate and Individual member division, and a Collegiate Contest. The deadline to enter the 2022 News Contest is Dec. 2, 2022. Awards will be presented in March 2023 in Columbia. 
  • The PALMY Advertising Awards recognize the Palmetto State’s best, brightest and most enterprising advertising professionals and advertisers, and the impact they have made in their communities! 2022 PALMY awards were presented in July 2022. Rules for the 2023 PALMY Ad Contest will go live in May 2023.

Other Training Opportunities

  • SCPA now offers free, individualized virtual training on legal and FOI topics for member newspapers. Learn more. 
  • SCPA members can attend Local Media Association webinars at a reduced rate because our state is a Media Association Partner. 
  • Poynter’s News University offers more than 100 interactive on-demand journalism courses. Several courses are free thanks to grant funding.