Upcoming Workshops & Events

May 23, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

SCPA Foundation Board Meeting

SCPA Offices, Columbia

More details coming soon!

May 27, 2024

SCPA & SCNN Offices Closed

SCPA and SCNN will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

May 31, 2024

Deadline to enter the PALMY Advertising Contest

2024 PALMY Advertising Contest rules are now available and the online entry platform is accepting entries. The deadline to enter is May 31. Learn more!

June 13, 2024 | 2-3:15 p.m.

FOIA & Libel Training


Join SCPA Attorney Taylor Smith on Thursday, June 13, from 2-3:15 p.m. for a refresher on the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and libel.
If you are new to the Palmetto State or just need a refresher, sign up for this helpful session. This session is only open to SCPA members and is free to attend. If you have specific questions or topics that you’d like Taylor to address, you are welcome to email us in advance. 
RSVP to attend.

Please note this event is only open to SCPA members.
If you are not a member of SCPA, Taylor and a team of S.C. journalists will be speaking at a panel discussion at the South Carolina State Library on July 18 if you are interested in learning more about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

June 20, 2024 | 11-11:30 a.m.

SCPA Member Services Orientation


Learn more about SCPA & SCNN member services!
Are you a news organization leader or staffer who is new to SCPA?
SCPA’s next quarterly member services orientation is Thursday, June 20, from 11-11:30 a.m. on Zoom.
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 about your membership and ask questions.
Please let us know if you’d like to attend.

July 4, 2024

SCPA & SCNN Offices Closed

SCPA and SCNN will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Happy 4th of July!

July 18, 2024 | 1 p.m.

Panel Discussion on the S.C. Freedom of Information Act

South Carolina State Library

Save the date. More details coming soon!

July 19, 2024

PALMY Advertising Awards Presentation Live

Rules and online entry system will go live on May 1. More details coming soon!

July 19, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Education Beat Reporting Roundtable

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Want to get an A+ on your education beat reporting? Reporters and editors who regularly cover local education topics are invited to join their peers for a “Back to School” Covering Education Roundtable on Friday, July 19, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at SCPA Offices in Columbia.

This event will be an informal space to share ideas and collaborate on how to best cover the complex issues our state’s local school systems face. Journalists who cover education topics are welcome to attend.

Topics are up to the group, but may include: story/series ideas, FOI/legal issues; building trust with sources, storytelling with data, hot button issues affecting schools, meeting coverage, challenges you face on the beat and more. We’ll also allow time for open discussion.

Please submit discussion topics, ideas and specific questions on the registration form.

The cost to attend is $30, which includes a boxed lunch. 

Register today!

This event is only open to S.C. Press Association members.

Aug. 2, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Editors Roundtable

SCPA Offices, Columbia

SCPA member editors are invited to attend SCPA’s annual roundtable for editors on Friday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at SCPA Offices in Columbia. 

This will be a great time to meet with your peers for robust discussion! Topics are up to the group, but will include: FOI issues, motivating and training staff, special projects and sections, multimedia reporting, social media opportunities and issues, stories that get traction and more. We’ll also have plenty of time for show and tell.

Attendees are asked to bring ideas and samples to share. If you have ideas for discussion topics or specific questions you’d like addressed, please submit them on the registration page.

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

Register today!

This event is only open to SCPA member daily, weekly, monthly and online news organization editors.

Aug. 9, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ad Sales Training featuring Ryan Dohrn

SCPA Offices, Columbia

You don’t want to miss SCPA’s upcoming ad sales training featuring popular sales strategist Ryan Dohrn! Join us on Friday, Aug. 9,  as SCPA hosts Ryan for a full day of practical, innovative and inspirational ad sales advice. We expect this event to sell out so if you’re interested in attending, sign up soon! Thanks to sponsorship from the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, the cost to attend is only $65, which includes a boxed lunch. This session is limited to 30 attendees. 

Topics include:

10 Ways to Book More Meetings Today
Create and Execute Your Top 20 HOT LIST!  This workshop is all about new business development.  Learn proven and tested sales strategies to secure more meetings with the right people so you grow your bottom line NOW!  Pump up your sales calls/meeting numbers by 25-35% in the next 30 days!  Prospecting in today’s anti-traditional media environment is tough! Ryan will show you how to prospect and handle no less than 20 new clients in the next 30 days.   

7 Ways to Not Be Ghosted After Client Meetings
It has happened to us all. We have a great meeting with an advertiser. We’re very excited. They promised to meet with us in a week to follow up. Then… Nothing. Dead. Deleted. No response. So, how do you set up the meeting with a client in such a way that you will avoid being ghosted? Media sales veteran Ryan Dohrn will share his seven tips to keep the conversation going and avoid the game of silence that plagues us all.

25 Tested and Proven Media Sales Subject Lines
Ryan tested over 100 email subject lines with media sales executives just like you. The results will shock you. Ryan will share the top 25 subject lines that were opened 30% of the time and had a reply rate of over 25%. Get ready to dig deep into the psychology of subject lines! Ryan has been selling for over 30 years in the media business, and even he admits that some of these subject lines surprised him as well.  

We all know we need to ask questions to understand our client’s goals, but what are the best questions to ask? What questions make clients mad? What questions do Millennials hate? What questions are over-used and a waste of the clients’ time?  Ryan will break down the 10 critical questions and explain the purpose behind each one in vivid detail. Then you will have the opportunity to share your best questions for us all to discuss as a group. This is a mission-critical workshop for sales reps – even those that have been selling for years.    

Meet the trainer:

Ryan Dohrn is the Emmy award-winning creator of the 360 Ad Sales Training system and is a globally recognized media revenue consultant to over 500 companies.
Unlike other media sales training consultants, Ryan actually sells advertising EVERY day!
Most recently, Ryan earned his Psychology of Leadership Certification from Cornell University.
Since 1994 Ryan has worked in the radio, TV, and publishing space. Ryan’s resume includes time in promotions and sales at The NY Times Company, Disney, Cumulus, Citadel Comm, Vance Publishing, Morris Publishing, and PennWell. He has trained and coached over 30,000 ad sales reps to date and speaks over 60 times per year. In total, Ryan has been a part of over $500 million in ad sales to date.
Ryan loves teaching ad sales reps his simple and effective way to achieve ad sales success. Ryan has media clients in Australia, Spain, UK, Holland, and the USA.
Ryan is an internationally acclaimed speaker, business book author, and has been featured in USA Today and on Forbes.com.
To date Ryan’s sales programs have impacted over $500,000,000 dollars in total media sales revenue. Most media companies see a 25%-35% lift in sales within 60 days of Ryan’s training.

Register today!

Aug. 23, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

College Journalism Bootcamp

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Save the date. More details coming soon!

Sept. 19, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Postal Academy

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Save the date for postal training. Schedule and more details coming soon!

Oct. 4, 2024

News Contest Rules & Site Live

Rules and online entry system for the News Contest, Associate & Individual Member Contest and Collegiate Contest will go live on Oct. 4, 2024.  The deadline to enter is Friday, Dec. 6.
Awards will be presented April 4, 2025 at the SCPA Annual Meeting in Columbia.

Oct. 6-12, 2024

National Newspaper Week

Save the date! More details coming soon!

Dec. 2, 2024

SCPA Foundation Internship & Scholarship Application Deadline

Applications will be available in Summer 2024. More details coming soon!

Dec. 6, 2024

Deadline to enter the News Contest

Rules and online entry system for the News Contest, Associate & Individual Member Contest and Collegiate Contest will go live on Oct. 4, 2024. 
Awards will be presented April 4, 2025 at the SCPA Annual Meeting in Columbia.

Dec. 6, 2024

S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline

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.

Here’s what the application should include.

If you’d like to nominate someone for the 2025 Hall of Fame, materials must be submitted to Jen Madden by Dec. 6, 2024.

Feb. 28, 2025 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SCPA Collegiate Meeting & Awards

SCPA Offices, Columbia

Save the date. More details coming soon!

April 3-4, 2025

SCPA Annual Meeting & Awards

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Save the date. More details coming soon!

Earn Your Press Pass Online Journalism Training

Thanks to funding from the SCPA Foundation, this self-paced online training course is now available to all SCPA members at no charge. This training will be especially helpful for early-career journalists, collegiate journalists, freelancers and employees with limited journalism training or experience. Training topics include newspaper basics, interviewing and reporting skills, sourcing considerations, news judgment, headline and cutline writing, AP Style, copy editing and basic photography. Members who complete the entire course will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you have a reporter, freelancer or anyone who helps produce content for your newspaper who could benefit from this training, please sign up!

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 2024 News Contest deadline is Dec. 6, 2024. Rules will go live on Oct. 4, 2024. Awards will be presented at the SCPA Annual Meeting April 3-4, 2025, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown 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! The 2024 News Contest deadline is May 31, 2024. Awards will be presented in July 2024. 

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.