Upcoming Workshops & Events

Feb. 2

News Contest winners announced for proofing

SCPA plans to announce winners of the 2021 News Contest for proofing by 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

The deadline to proof your newspaper’s winners is Wednesday, Feb. 9. Please review your newspaper’s winners so SCPA staff can begin creating plaques, presentations and the winners exhibit. If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please email Jen Madden.

Winners will be presented at the SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards on March 12 at The Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach.

Feb. 2 | 2-3 p.m.

Diversity Committee Meeting

Zoom

Meeting of SCPA’s Diversity Committee. Agenda and more details coming soon!  If you’d like to join this committee, please contact SCPA.

Feb. 9

Deadline to submit corrections to News Contest winners

SCPA plans to announce winners of the 2021 News Contest for proofing by 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

The deadline to proof your newspaper’s winners is Wednesday, Feb. 9. Please review your newspaper’s winners so SCPA staff can begin creating plaques, presentations and the winners exhibit. If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please email Jen Madden.

Winners will be presented at the SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards on March 12 at The Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach.

Feb. 17 | 2-3 p.m.

Webinar: The Storytelling You

Online Media Campus
In this webinar:

The Storytelling You webinar concerns how to better execute every facet of longform reporting and writing. Longform features get almost twice the engagement time on news sites as regular pieces. Many newspaper writers and editors want to do great longform pieces and this webinar is a deep dive on how to do it better. It draws on Paul Kix’s own experience as a best-selling author and National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and the insights of the people with whom he’s worked over the years: other NMA winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipients. This webinar covers how to identify a story and how to pitch it well; how to report and structure that piece; and then how to do it again in a media environment where writers and editors are asked to be ever-more entrepreneurial.

About the presenter: 
Paul Kix is the author of The Saboteur, a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon which was optioned by DreamWorks to be turned into a film. Kix longform writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, among other titles. As a deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine, he was part of a team whose stories won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016. Paul launched The Storytelling You because he’s been fortunate to learn from the best longform storytellers in the trade. Their wisdom has changed and guided his career.
 

Register to attend here.

This event is at 2 p.m. EST

Feb. 25

Hotel Reservation Cutoff for SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

The Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach is offering a discounted rate of $124 for SCPA Annual Meeting attendees until March 1, or earlier, if our block sells out. We highly encourage you to book well in advance of the Feb. 25 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 “SCPRES21” 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) 913-2849 or ashley@marinainngrandedunes.com.

More details coming soon!

March 1

Registration Deadline for 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. 

Registration will open in late Jan. The deadline to register is March 1. More details coming soon!  

March 4

SCPA Foundation Internships & Scholarship Application Deadline

The S.C. 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. Each summer, two or more interns are placed at SCPA member newspapers allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience. Each eight-week internship pays $4,000. 

The Foundation also awards its premier scholarship each year to a S.C. college student interested in pursuing a newspaper career. The Mundy 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.

View eligibility and apply by March 4.

March 11 | 3-5 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

Meeting of S.C. Press Association Executive Committee. Agenda and more details coming soon!  

March 11-13

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 and 2021 honorees into the S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame. More details coming soon!  

Here’s info about how to sponsor the Annual Meeting!
The deadline to sign on as a sponsor is Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

The Marina Inn is offering a discounted rate of $124 for SCPA Annual Meeting attendees until Feb. 25, or earlier, if our block sells out. We highly encourage you to book well in advance of the Feb. 25 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 “SCPRES21” 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) 913-2849 or ashley@marinainngrandedunes.com.

March 13-19

Sunshine Week

Make plans now to join SCPA and news organizations across the country in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

SCPA and News Leaders Association will release several resources to help promote Sunshine Week in early March.

We also encourage you to highlight the importance of openness through your own stories, editorials, columns, cartoons and graphics. After you’ve published your Sunshine Week content, please share them with us!

April 1

SCPA Foundation Board Meeting

Meeting of S.C. Press Association Foundation Board. Agenda and 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. The deadline to enter the 2021 News Contest has passed. Awards will be presented March 12, 2022, in Myrtle Beach.     
  • 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 2022 Contest will open in late spring 2022. Awards will be presented virtually in summer 2022.

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.