Upcoming Workshops & Events

May 6 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Zoom

New Editor/Publisher Orientation

Are you a news organization leader who is new to SCPA? SCPA is hosting a virtual New Editor/Publisher/Manager Orientation on May 6, from 10-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. If you are a key leader at your news organization, we invite you to learn more about SCPA’s member services, legal/FOI Hotline, SLED Checks, lobbying, training, contests, communications, resources and ad representation. This will be an informal space to get information and ask questions.  We can’t wait to meet our new members in person, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll stop by our Zoom to chat with us and some of your peers. Please let Jen Madden know if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you the link. 

May 13 | 10 a.m. | Zoom

SCPA Diversity Committee Meeting

A virtual meeting of SCPA’s Diversity Committee. Details and agenda coming soon!

Reading Newspaper
Oct. 22 | 3-5 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

A meeting of SCPA’s Executive Committee. Agenda and details coming soon!

Oct. 22-24

SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

COVID-19 has once again forced us to reschedule our Annual Meeting & Awards, originally set for March 19-20, 2021.

We are closely watching COVID-19 spread and the vaccine roll-out and are hopeful that it will be safe to meet in person during the weekend of Oct. 22-24, 2021.

If it’s safe to meet, we’ll gather together again in person at The Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach for a long overdue celebration! In addition to networking and educational sessions, our 2021 Annual Meeting & Awards will honor winners from the 2020 News, Associate/Individual and Collegiate Contests. We’ll also induct our 2020 and 2021 honorees into the S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame. More details coming soon!  

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. 2020 Awards will be presented at SCPA’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 23, 2021. More details soon! The 2021 News Contest will go live on Oct. 1, 2021 and the entry deadline will be Dec. 3, 2021.    
  • 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! The 2021 contest will start accepting entries in late spring 2021.

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 for $29 because our state is a Media Association Partner. Check out LMA’s webinar offerings.
  • Poynter’s News University offers more than 100 interactive on-demand journalism courses. Several courses are free thanks to grant funding.