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The State Newspaper  learned about all of the officers accused of cheating from documents obtained from the criminal jus...
12/17/2021
More officers in Columbia, Lexington County cheated on SC police training, audit says

The State Newspaper learned about all of the officers accused of cheating from documents obtained from the criminal justice academy under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. The academy administers the annual training and did the audit.
https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article256621111.html

The cheating scandal has embroiled seven Midlands police agencies and even more across South Carolina.

Ott cited the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the state Child Fatality Advisory Committee, which makes all records rel...
12/17/2021
Parents won’t face charges after 3-year-old shoots himself in Port Royal, police say

Ott cited the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the state Child Fatality Advisory Committee, which makes all records related to juvenile death secret and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Ott said child fatalities in the state are investigated by this body and therefore fall under its rules.
Jay Bender, a S.C. attorney who works on public records cases, said state case law does not support hiding information on a child’s death.
“There is no right of privacy that survives a death,” Bender said.
https://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/crime/article256595646.html

The child found the gun in a kitchen drawer of the home, a Port Royal Police Department official said. The investigation is ongoing.

The Free Times ’ arts, culture and music content will be available to readers for free starting Dec. 15 with a Knight Fo...
12/17/2021
Free Times receives Knight Foundation grant to offer arts stories to readers for free

The Free Times ’ arts, culture and music content will be available to readers for free starting Dec. 15 with a Knight Foundation grant.
Given through the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Knight Foundation’s $30,000 grant will help the publication’s website reach more readers and, in turn, garner greater support for the local arts community in Columbia.

The Free Times' arts, culture and music content will be available to readers for free starting Dec. 15 with a Knight Foundation grant.

Over the past year, The Post and Courier and 17 other news organizations across South Carolina teamed up to sift through...
12/15/2021
A year of Uncovered. 10 things we learned.

Over the past year, The Post and Courier and 17 other news organizations across South Carolina teamed up to sift through more than 53,600 emails, invoices, credit card statements and other public documents. We filed more than 50 Freedom of Information Act requests. We interviewed more than 560 public officials, fraud experts, academics and whistleblowers.
It was an unprecedented collaboration to shine light on corruption, waste and questionable conduct.
In the process they learned a lot.

The Post and Courier-led Uncovered investigation shined a light on misconduct throughout South Carolina. Here are 10 takeaways.

The Morning News has a new managing editor – Chris Day, who started his duties Monday. Day comes to Florence from Oklaho...
12/15/2021
Morning News names Day managing editor

The Morning News has a new managing editor – Chris Day, who started his duties Monday. Day comes to Florence from Oklahoma, where he was most recently sports editor of the Sequoyah County Times in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

Welcome to the Palmetto State, Chris!

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Morning News has a new managing editor -- Chris Day who started his duties Monday.

We're so thankful for these students from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications!...
12/10/2021

We're so thankful for these students from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications! Sebastian, Hannah and Julie are helping us get the 2021 News Contest entries ready for judging over Winter Break! 🌲 (Pictured with SCPA's Membership and Communications Coordinator Kassidy Wright, who is also getting her Masters at the J-School!)

We're so thankful for these students from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications! Sebastian, Hannah and Julie are helping us get the 2021 News Contest entries ready for judging over Winter Break! 🌲 (Pictured with SCPA's Membership and Communications Coordinator Kassidy Wright, who is also getting her Masters at the J-School!)

Lee Enterprises fired another volley Friday morning in its attempt to fend off a hostile takeover bid by hedge fund Alde...
12/03/2021
Lee says no to Alden Global Capital’s attempt to nominate directors - Poynter

Lee Enterprises fired another volley Friday morning in its attempt to fend off a hostile takeover bid by hedge fund Alden Global Capital.
Specifically, it rejected Alden’s attempt to nominate a slate of three board directors, filed a week ago, right on the deadline for shareholders to propose candidates. Lee said the nominations, which it had earlier described as “purported,” did not follow the company’s bylaws and would not be honored.

It’s one more signal that Lee, publisher of 77 dailies, is digging in for a protracted fight against the hedge fund’s hostile takeover attempt.

A late edition of the eBulletin for you to read after dinner! 😉
12/02/2021
eBulletin: Contest deadline is tomorrow!

A late edition of the eBulletin for you to read after dinner! 😉

Your connection to industry & member news CONTEST DEADLINE IS TOMORROW The clock is winding down on entering the 2021 News Contest! The deadline is Friday, Dec. 3. The News Contest is an excellent opportunity to recognize the good work done by your staff during the previous year. Plus, it is easy si...

"After all, this self-proclaimed 'above board' board and its 'we’ve done nothing wrong' president certainly should be fo...
12/02/2021
Our View: Hope JDLH meeting includes FOIA response

"After all, this self-proclaimed 'above board' board and its 'we’ve done nothing wrong' president certainly should be forthcoming with information about its processes, procedures and propensity for dragging its feet on releasing to the public information that rightfully belongs in the public’s field to plow through." #FOIA /// Editorial in today's Index-Journal

Nothing out of the ordinary stands out in looking over the agenda for Friday’s meeting of the S.C. Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe.

The clock is winding down on entering the 2021 News Contest... Tomorrow is the deadline to enter! Remember that we're he...
12/02/2021

The clock is winding down on entering the 2021 News Contest... Tomorrow is the deadline to enter! Remember that we're here to help! Give us a call at (803) 750-9561 or email us your contest questions.

The clock is winding down on entering the 2021 News Contest... Tomorrow is the deadline to enter! Remember that we're here to help! Give us a call at (803) 750-9561 or email us your contest questions.

⏱️ Time Is Running Out! Enter SCPA's News Contest by Friday, Dec. 3! 🏆
12/01/2021
SCPA Contest Entry Deadline is Friday!

⏱️ Time Is Running Out! Enter SCPA's News Contest by Friday, Dec. 3! 🏆

Recognizing Excellence in S.C. Journalism EDITORIAL RULES ASSOCIATE RULES COLLEGE RULES CONTACT US (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Contest%20Question) scpress.org | 803.750.9561 CONTEST ENTRY DEADLINE IS FRIDAY TWO DAYS LEFT to submit entries into the 2021 News Contest! Our contest recognizes th...

A Dickens of a Christmas is returning to downtown Spartanburg next week and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and its staff...
11/30/2021
Help our food drive, receive A Dickens of a Christmas coffee mug from the Herald-Journal

A Dickens of a Christmas is returning to downtown Spartanburg next week and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and its staff can hardly wait! They're even giving out mugs to the first 100 folks who bring a non-perishable food item or donation for a local food bank. 🎅

The Herald-Journal will have a special gift on A Dickens of a Christmas gift. Find out how you can help the community and score a coffee mug.

Fund local journalism to help communities
11/30/2021
Fund local journalism to help communities

Fund local journalism to help communities

This editorial is being made available to members of America's Newspapers for reprint. Portions of this editorial were previously published in The Wall Street Journal, as a letter from Dean Ridings. A portion of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was included in the recent Build Back Bet...

You still have plenty of time to submit entries into SCPA's 2021 News Contest! The site will accept entries through late...
11/30/2021

You still have plenty of time to submit entries into SCPA's 2021 News Contest! The site will accept entries through late Friday night. We're here to help if you have questions!

You still have plenty of time to submit entries into SCPA's 2021 News Contest! The site will accept entries through late Friday night. We're here to help if you have questions!

Each year, Upstate residents generously donate to the Holiday Sunshine Fund, the annual fundraising campaign sponsored b...
11/30/2021
Holiday Sunshine Fund: The News looks forward to Greenville's generosity every year

Each year, Upstate residents generously donate to the Holiday Sunshine Fund, the annual fundraising campaign sponsored by The Greenville News and WYFF News 4. Learn more about this awesome project from Editor Steve Bruss!

The Greenville News and WYFF are partnering on the Holiday Sunshine Fund again in 2021 to help families in Greenville, SC during holiday season.

This #GivingTuesday support local journalism and S.C. newspapers! At its core, journalism is a public service.  Philanth...
11/30/2021

This #GivingTuesday support local journalism and S.C. newspapers! At its core, journalism is a public service. Philanthropic support for journalism has emerged as a promising solution to sustainability for media organizations. Help our state's newspapers continue to fulfill their critical mission of providing consistent, fact-based information to the public by donating, subscribing and advertising. Check the comments for SCPA member newspaper #GivingTuesday campaigns! #GivingNewsDay (If you have one to add, post or email to SCPA.)

This #GivingTuesday support local journalism and S.C. newspapers! At its core, journalism is a public service. Philanthropic support for journalism has emerged as a promising solution to sustainability for media organizations. Help our state's newspapers continue to fulfill their critical mission of providing consistent, fact-based information to the public by donating, subscribing and advertising. Check the comments for SCPA member newspaper #GivingTuesday campaigns! #GivingNewsDay (If you have one to add, post or email to SCPA.)

Authors for Literacy plans a charity book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.A record 22 local authors will auto...
11/29/2021
Chronicle and Fish Wrapper Sponsor Literacy Fundraiser

Authors for Literacy plans a charity book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
A record 22 local authors will autograph their books. The books range from $10 to $20. They make memorable and unique Christmas gifts.
The event raises money for Turning Pages, a Columbia-based nonprofit that provides tutoring to teach illiterate adults to read, write and develop other career enhancing skills.
The event will be at the main branch of the Lexington County Library (5440 Augusta Rd./U.S. 1), just east of downtown Lexington.
The Lexington County Chronicle and The Fish Wrapper, Authors for Literacy, the Lexington County Library and Sign It Quick team up the event each year to raise money for Turning Pages.
Authors for the December event include Pat McNeely, Tom Poland, Ralph Jarrells, MaryJo Briggs-Austin, Kathy Widener, Linda Maguire, Scott Vaughan, John Starno, ArthurTurfa, JohnnyBloodworth, Sharon Durgin, Suzanne Riley Whyte, Claudette Holliday, Alicia Kehoe, Cat Fitzgerald, Larry Timbs, Halina Schafer, Charlie Farrell, Don Gordon, William Kaliher and myself.
For details, contact Jerry Bellune at 803-331-6695 or [email protected].

Authors for Literacy plans a charity book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.A record 22 local authors will autograph their books. The books range from $10 to $20.

Instead of reporting on an organization's volunteer opportunities and its impact, The Sumter Item's Shelbie Marie Gouldi...
11/29/2021
Item editor experiences spirit of giving firsthand with volunteer opportunities in Sumter

Instead of reporting on an organization's volunteer opportunities and its impact, The Sumter Item's Shelbie Marie Goulding rolled up her sleeves and got to work this holiday season, offering a helping hand to some local nonprofits a week before Thanksgiving. 🥰

Giving back to the community is something people encourage all year long. However, the spirit of giving grows stronger as the holidays draw near. Instead of reporting on an organization's volunteer opportunities and its impact, I rolled up my …

"John de la Howe is an agriculture school. Its operatives should then know that lots of sunshine on public affairs promo...
11/29/2021
Our View: Emails matter as they shed light on what is true

"John de la Howe is an agriculture school. Its operatives should then know that lots of sunshine on public affairs promotes a healthy and strong crop. Keeping the public’s affairs in dank and dark corners promotes mold and kills a crop.
State lawmakers and Gov. Henry McMaster in particular should conduct a thorough investigation and demand full cooperation, full transparency and plenty of sunshine."
#FOIA /// Index-Journal

If, as a taxpayer, you believe what public employees do matters and that they should be held accountable for their actions, and you believe it is their obligation to be

We are so sad to hear that Kim Young Woods passed away Saturday. In addition to serving on SCPA's Executive Committee, S...
11/29/2021
Kim Woods honored by General Assembly as first female African American publisher in SC

We are so sad to hear that Kim Young Woods passed away Saturday. In addition to serving on SCPA's Executive Committee, SCPA staff researched S.C. newspaper history and determined that while serving as publisher of the Yorkville Enquirer and The Clover Herald, Woods made history as the first female African-American newspaper publisher in SCPA’s nearly 170-year-old history. Woods served on SCPA’s Executive Committee as a weekly newspaper representative from 2003-2005, while working at the Yorkville Enquirer and The Clover Herald. She also served on our Executive Committee as a daily newspaper representative from 2009-2012 while working as VP of Advertising and Marketing at The Herald in Rock Hill. Woods was also an active alumnus of the Department of Mass Communication Winthrop University. Just last month she was named the 2021 Distinguished Alumni for Winthrop’s Mass Communication week during their 75th anniversary. Join us in thinking of Kim's family during this difficult time. We will share more details as they are announced.

Kim Woods honored by General Assembly as first female African American publisher in South Carolina Kim Young Woods Editor’s Note (11/29/21): The S.C. Press Association is saddened to hear that Kim Young Woods passed away on Nov. 27, 2021. Kim was an active SCPA member for many years. Here is a lin...

🍂 Wishing SCPA members and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for your continued support and involvement ...
11/24/2021

🍂 Wishing SCPA members and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for your continued support and involvement in SCPA. We'll be closed Thursday and Friday, but will be back bright and early on Monday! 🍂

🍂 Wishing SCPA members and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for your continued support and involvement in SCPA. We'll be closed Thursday and Friday, but will be back bright and early on Monday! 🍂

The Post and Courier scoured a decade’s worth of records that revealed how South Carolina’s government watchdog handled ...
11/23/2021
SC public officials skate through ethics investigations with little accountability

The Post and Courier scoured a decade’s worth of records that revealed how South Carolina’s government watchdog handled cases where politicians were accused of mishandling conflicts, lining their pockets with public money, steering contracts to business partners and granting jobs to relatives.

The State Ethics Commission is an understaffed government watchdog enforcing a toothless ethics law. As a result, it has routinely let misbehaving public officials off the hook with warnings and

It’s illegal to have any discussion in secret without publicly announcing beforehand the reason, or legal exemption from...
11/23/2021
Without explanation, this Beaufort board closed a public meeting. What was going on?

It’s illegal to have any discussion in secret without publicly announcing beforehand the reason, or legal exemption from South Carolina’s open meetings law. The board failed to do that Tuesday. It’s also illegal to meet in secret if the subject of that meeting isn’t one of the legal exemptions allowed by law, such as a personnel issue. #FOIA /// The Island Packet

State law requires a good reason for public officials to retreat outside of the public’s view. The closure came before votes on apartment complexes.

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On March 31 the journalists of The State Newspaper moved to form South Carolina’s largest newspaper union, The State News Guild. “Our mission is to foster an environment in which The State’s journalists can continue producing works of truth, accountability, culture and compassion without constant worry of professional insecurity,” The State News Guild’s mission statement says. “We will fight for a fair deal while striving for a positive relationship with management. Organizing can be adversarial, but it must always be based on respect and understanding. We believe in The State and its mission, and we want it to succeed.”
Bernie here. If I had won the presidency, every journalist in SC would receive a free first-place award. And every newspaper would be given a president's trophy. That's how America should be!
Jerry Kauffman POSTED Don’t know who this came from, but it’s bloody brilliant! (Reported to have come from Bill Svelmoe on FB.) If Democrats do attend the hearings, they should not focus on Barrett's views on any future cases. She'll just dodge those questions anyway. They're hypothetical. She should dodge them. Don't even mention her religion. Instead Democrats should focus on the past four years of the Trump administration. This has been the most corrupt administration in American history. No need for hypotheticals. The questions are all right there. “Judge Barrett, would you please explain the emoluments clause in the Constitution. [She does.] Judge Barrett, if a president were to refuse to divest himself of his properties and, in fact, continue to steer millions of dollars of tax payer money to his properties, would this violate the emoluments clause?” Then simply go down the list of specific cases in which Trump and his family of grifters have used the presidency to enrich themselves. Ask her repeatedly if this violates the emoluments clause. Include of course using the American ambassador to Britain to try to get the British Open golf tournament at a Trump property. “Judge Barrett, does this violate the emoluments clause?” Then turn to the Hatch Act. “Judge Barrett, would you please explain the Hatch Act to the American people. [She does.] Judge Barrett, did Kellyanne Conway violate the Hatch Act on these 60 occasions? [List them. Then after Barrett's response, and just fyi, the Office of the Special Council already convicted her, ask Barrett this.] When Kellyanne Conway, one of the president's top advisors openly mocked the Hatch Act after violating it over 60 times, should she have been removed from office?” Then turn to all the other violations of the Hatch Act during the Republican Convention. Get Barrett's opinion on those. Then turn to Congressional Oversight. “Judge Barrett, would you please explain to the American people the duties of Congress, according to the Constitution, to oversee the executive branch. [She does so.] Judge Barrett, when the Trump administration refuses time and again [list them] to respond to a subpoena from Congress, is this an obstruction of the constitutional duty of Congress for oversight? Is this an obstruction of justice?” Then turn to Trump's impeachment. Read the transcript of Trump's phone call. “Judge Barrett, would you describe this as a ‘perfect phone call’? Is there anything about this call that troubles you, as a judge, or as an American?” “Judge Barrett, would you please define for the American people the technical definition of collusion.” [She does.] Then go through all of the contacts between the Trump administration and Russians during the election and get her opinion on whether these amount to collusion. Doesn't matter how she answers. It gets Trump's perfidy back in front of Americans right before the election. Such questions could go on for days. Get her opinion on the evidence for election fraud. Go through all the Trump "laws" that have been thrown out by the courts. Ask her about the separation of children from their parents at the border. And on and on and on through the worst and most corrupt administration in our history. Don't forget to ask her opinion on the evidence presented by the 26 Trump accusers. “Judge Barrett, do you think this is enough evidence of sexual assault to bring the perpetrator before a court of law? Do you think a sitting president should be able to postpone such cases until after his term? Judge Barrett, let's listen again, shall we, to Trump's "Access Hollywood" tape. I don't have a question. I just want to hear it again. Or maybe, as a woman, how do you feel listening to this recording? Let's listen to it again, shall we. Take your time.” Taking this approach does a number of things: 1. Even if Barrett bobs and weaves and dodges all of this, it reminds Americans right before the election of just how awful this administration has been. 2. None of these questions are hypothetical. They are all real documented incidents. The vast majority are pretty obvious examples of breaking one law or the other. If Barrett refuses to answer honestly, she demonstrates that she is willing to simply be another Trump toady. Any claims to high moral Christian character are shown to be as empty as the claims made by the 80% of white evangelicals who continue to support Trump. 3. If she answers honestly, as I rather suspect she would, then Americans get to watch Trump and his lawless administration convicted by Trump's own chosen justice. Any of these outcomes would go much further toward delegitimizing the entire Republican project than if Democrats go down the typical road of asking hypothetical questions or trying to undermine her character. Use her supposed good character and keen legal mind against the administration that has nominated her. Let her either convict Trump or embarrass herself by trying to weasel out of convicting Trump. Either way, it'll be great television. This is brilliant, cut through all the superfluous rhetoric and get to the point. rb
Today is September 20th. I re-posted something that someone had posted about her daughter having symptoms of COVID who died 7 months ago. Her post was all about how Trump knew (but downplayed it to the public). "He knew" is throughout her post. I shared that post with about 100 FACEBOOK groups across our entire nation. I received thousands of replies from Americans expressing their concern, prayers, hugs, and distrust in Trump. I could not have been prouder to be an American than when I received all those supportive responses. I informed her about all the responses and I send them to her. Thank you, America.
I'm assuming our fees for this year's awards night will be refunded?