Upcoming Workshops & Events

Dec. 6, 2019

News Contest Entry Deadline

The entry platform and rules for the News Contest, Associate and Individual Member Contest, and Collegiate Contest is now live and will accept entries through Dec. 6. 

All members should have received log-in credentials on Oct. 4. Contact us if you need your information. 

The contest period is Nov. 16, 2018 through Nov. 15, 2019.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Dec. 6.

Dec. 6, 2019

S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline

The S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to recognize and honor men and women who have excelled in their craft and made significant contributions to journalism and their communities.

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. 

Nominating materials should be completed and submitted to SCPA by Dec. 6, 2019.

Dec. 12, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Driving Digital Revenue: Selling Social Media

SCPA Offices | Columbia, SC

Does your newspaper want to leverage Facebook and other social media sites to generate revenue? 

Sharpen your social advertising skills and knowledge on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. as the S.C. Press Association hosts Dr. James Bissell of Aducation and PHDesigned.

This event is open only to SCPA members and will be catered specifically toward SCPA’s newspaper members – large and small – so regardless of your newspaper’s size, frequency or resources, you’ll walk away with practical skills. 

In this session, Dr. Bissell will cover advertising, marketing and communication strategies in the new media landscape where traditional media outlets and the online social media exist.  We will look at the current media landscape and the strategic opportunities and challenges for marketers, managers, and consultants.  Primary focus of this course will be on understanding social media, how to build social media marketing strategies, and how to track their effectiveness.

  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Social Intro: What is social advertising and why is it important?
  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon – Facebook and Instagram
  • 12 – 12:15 p.m. – Facebook and Instagram Q&A
  • 12:15 – 1 p.m. – Lunch Break
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest
  • 2:30-3pm – Final Q&A

During the discussion of each platform, Dr. Bissell will cover placement, ad format/structure, targeting options, and sales/pricing strategies.  

Following the session, training materials will be provided online and follow up exams available to get certification.

This workshop is perfect for publishers, ad directors, sales reps and other newspaper managers.

Thanks to sponsorship from the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, the cost to attend is only $75, which includes a boxed lunch. 

We’re limiting this event to 30 attendees and we expect it to sell out quickly so if you’re interested, sign up soon.

Meet the trainer: Dr. James Bissell provides advertising education and consulting for Aducation. He has been an educator in higher education for the past 9 years teaching advertising, marketing, management, leadership, organizational behavior and social media management. He is also the co-owner of digital fulfillment agency, PhDesigned. Dr. Bissell consults and trains organizations on digital marketing strategies, management techniques and the development of advertising campaigns. In addition to his digital experience, Dr. Bissell has a background in newspapers, working several years in sales and marketing, new product development and digital services.

Aducation’s mission: Advertising sales are often not made because sales representatives did not fully understand your products, your customers’ needs or how to overcome competitive product offerings. First, it is important to understand the Principles of Advertising and why customers purchase specific advertising products for their business.  Is their primary method of advertising budget used for TV, Radio, Print or Digital?  Every wonder why or how those mediums are bought and sold? Aducation can help! We offer custom seminars and training to help companies understand advertising products and services so they can better sell their solution to clients.

Jan. 9, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Legislative Workshop for the Media

S.C. Statehouse  | Columbia, SC

This event is open only to members of SCPA, SCBA and AP. 

The annual Legislative Workshop for the Media will preview the 2020 legislative session. This event will take place Thursday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Solomon Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Make plans to join your state legislators as they discuss various topics impacting the Palmetto State. 

We recommend this event for editors, new and veteran Statehouse reporters, editorial writers, city editors and assignment editors.

The event is a one-stop shop for credentialed media to interview key members of both the House and Senate. We will name panelists as they are confirmed.

Several topics will be discussed including the budget, tax reform, education reform, Santee Cooper and economic development. All discussions are on the record. 

Lunch will be provided. 

This workshop is sponsored by S.C. Press Association, S.C. Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: If you register before Friday, Dec. 30, the registration fee is only $60. If you register between Dec. 31 – Jan. 6, the fee goes up to $70. Registrations will not be accepted after Jan. 6.

Print and Digital Newspaper Products
Jan. 17, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Daily Publishers Roundtable

SCPA Offices  | Columbia, SC

Mark your calendar now for SCPA’s annual Daily Publishers Roundtable. Join us Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at SCPA Offices in Columbia. This is a great time to meet with your peers to discuss what is working and not working in your market.

Topics are up to the group, but will include: new ad ideas that are working, non-traditional ways to build revenue, growing readership, ways to save money, managing staff and more. 

The cost to attend is $25, which includes a boxed lunch.

Participants are asked to send in ideas for discussion topics and specific questions. You can do this directly on the registration form, or by contacting Jen Madden. 

This event is open only to SCPA member daily publishers (if that’s not your title, but you handle the duties, you are welcome to attend).

Jan. 24, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Weekly Publishers Roundtable

SCPA Offices  | Columbia, SC

Mark your calendar now for SCPA’s annual Weekly Publishers Roundtable. Join us Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at SCPA Offices in Columbia. This is a great time to meet with your peers to discuss what is working and not working in your market.

Topics are up to the group, but will include: new ad ideas that are working, non-traditional ways to build revenue, growing readership, ways to save money, managing staff and more. 

The cost to attend is $25, which includes a boxed lunch.

Participants are asked to send in ideas for discussion topics and specific questions. You can do this directly on the registration form, or by contacting Jen Madden. 

This event is open only to SCPA member weekly publishers (if that’s not your title, but you handle the duties, you are welcome to attend).

March 8-14, 2020

Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community, will take place March 8-14, 2020.

March 20-21, 2020

SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes  |  Myrtle Beach, SC

You don’t want to miss seeing more than 300 of your friends at the 2020 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation! The Annual Meeting will feature educational sessions, networking events and more in our jam-packed schedule, plus hundreds of awards to present! 

This event will feature programming for SCPA’s professional and collegiate members. 

All sessions and networking events are free and open to all SCPA members. Tickets are required for meal functions. 

Meeting registration and schedule of events coming soon!

Event Sponsorship:

If you love South Carolina’s newspaper industry, please consider sponsoring the 2020 Annual Meeting and Awards! The Annual Meeting is the best way to connect with the Palmetto State’s newspaper industry. Find out more and sign on as a sponsor.

Hotel Info:

The Marina Inn is offering a discounted rate of $124 for SCPA Annual Meeting attendees until March 6, or earlier, if our block sells out. We highly encourage you to book well in advance of the March 6 cutoff!

To make a reservation, call the hotel at (843) 913-1333 or make your reservation online. Here’s the Marina Inn’s main website for details about the hotel. Attendees will need to use this portal to book using the discounted group rate. Enter “SC PRESS” into the group code and password fields to get the discounted rate.  

If you are booking multiple rooms, it may be easier to reach out to Ashley Schildkraut, group reservations coordinator, at (843) 913-284 or ashley@marinainngrandedunes.com.

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.

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