Upcoming Workshops & Events

Dec. 3

News Contest entry deadline

It’s almost time to recognize the best and brightest in South Carolina journalism!

SCPA’s digital entry platform is accepting entries for the News Contest, Collegiate Contest and Associate/Individual Member Contest until Friday, Dec. 3.

Anything published in print or digitally from Nov. 16, 2020, through Nov. 15, 2021, can be entered in this year’s News Contest.

All editors should have received log-in information for the site. Let us know if we need to resend it or if you have questions about the contest.

Don’t let the Dec. 3 deadline sneak up on you…start entering today!

Awards will be presented at an in-person Annual Meeting, set for March 12, 2022, in Myrtle Beach. More details coming soon!

Dec. 3

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. Only 74 newspaper journalists – from Colonial and Civil War days to the present – have been chosen by their peers for recognition.

The S.C. Hall of Fame began in 1972 when SCPA President William L. Kinney Jr., of Bennettsville, acting on a suggestion from Secretary-Manager Reid H. Montgomery, set in motion activities that led to the establishment of a S.C. Press Association Hall of Fame. The first Hall of Fame inductees were presented at the SCPA Winter Meeting in 1973.

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

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 2022 Hall of Fame, materials must be submitted to Jen Madden by Dec. 3, 2021.

Dec. 8 | 2-3 p.m. | Zoom

Diversity Committee Meeting

Quarterly meeting of SCPA’s Diversity Committee. All are invited to participate! Agenda coming on Dec. 1. Please let Jen Madden know if you’d like to learn more about serving on this committee. 

Dec. 9 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Zoom

SCPA New Member Orientation

Are you a news organization leader who is new to SCPA?

SCPA is hosting a virtual New Editor/Publisher/Manager Orientation on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 2-2:30 p.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. 

Please let Jen Madden know if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you the link. 
Dec. 9 | 2 p.m. | Online Media Campus

Webinar: 7 Ways to Get 25% More From Every Advertiser: Compare, Contrast, Close!

In this webinar:

We’ve all heard it before… No budget.  Or, we are moving in a different direction.  So, how do you sell past these objections and get more ad dollars than ever before?  Compare, consult and conquer!  Ad sales advisor Ryan Dohrn will show you a daring and inventive way to ethically share what competitive advertisers are doing in the market to draw out money from those reluctant advertisers that give us the same lame excuses.  COMPARE them to others in their category that are doing great.  CONSULT with them on how to be bigger and better.  Then, CONQUER the close by showing the advertiser how to dominate the companies they hate most… their competition.  This is an advanced selling workshop that has received 5 stars from over 1,000 salespeople. 

About Ryan Dohrn:

Ryan Dohrn is a top motivational speaker that won an Emmy for marketing excellence while working for ABC TV/Walt Disney Co. and was recognized by Forbes.com with the “Best of the Web” award for his business strategies. Dohrn’s focus is leadership training and team performance development.  His passion for sales and marketing has given him the unique opportunity to touch half a billion dollars in revenue for companies in 7 countries. Ryan was one of the youngest managers in Walt Disney history. His management insights have been featured in USA Today and on CNN.  Ryan is an internationally certified business coach, has trained over 30,000 professionals, and works monthly with companies in 15 business sectors.    

The cost to attend is $35 for SCPA members. Please RSVP if you’d like to attend this event. 

This event is at 2 p.m. (EST)

Dec. 23-24

Happy Holidays!

SCPA and SCNN Offices Closed

Dec. 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

SCPA and SCNN Offices Closed

Jan. 6, 2022

Legislative Workshop for the Media - Canceled

Due to scheduling conflicts, this event has been canceled for 2022.

March 11-13, 2022

SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

Join us for a LONG overdue celebration as we gather together again in person at The Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach! In addition to networking and educational sessions, our 2022 Annual Meeting & Awards will honor winners from the 2021 News, Associate/Individual and Collegiate Contests. We’ll also induct our 2020, 2021 and 2022 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 were presented virtually Oct. 27-29, 2021.  The 2021 News Contest is live. 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 awards were presented virtually on July 23, 2021. Check out the winners!

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.