Media Club of Columbia

Media Club of Columbia The Media Club of Columbia is a networking and social organization dedicated to developing professional relationships and maintaining high standards among individuals studying, working in, or retired from various forms of media.

Media Club of Columbia is a networking group comprised of active or retired professionals. Our members include broadcasters, directors of communication for state agencies, advertising and public relations executives, newspaper publishers and editors, journalism professors and other media professionals. Non-members are welcome to attend a meeting as a guest. Web site: http://mediaclubofcolumbia.myfreesites.net/

Media Club of Columbia is a networking group comprised of active or retired professionals. Our members include broadcasters, directors of communication for state agencies, advertising and public relations executives, newspaper publishers and editors, journalism professors and other media professionals. Non-members are welcome to attend a meeting as a guest. Web site: http://mediaclubofcolumbia.myfreesites.net/

Mission: We meet the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. We meet at the American Legion Hall, which is located at 200 Pickens St. in downtown Columbia. See you there!

Operating as usual

06/03/2020
Chewing The Gristle, Poet Ray McManus

Featuring literary creatives, Chewing the Gristle is another wonderful co-project from the studio of Media Club member and board member Al Black.

In this episode of Chewing the Gristle, poets Al Black and Tim Conroy chat with poet Ray McManus. Ray traces his path from good-hearted delinquency, includin...

Judi Gatson
04/28/2020

Judi Gatson

Thank you to all of you who prayed for Ed Carter when we learned he was in the hospital battling COVID19.

We just learned the Lord has called him home.

His incredible intelligence, calming presence, quick wit and charming smile will be dearly missed ... he was simply the best. 🙏🏽💜

Andy’s committal service will be streamed online at 11am this morning.💕
04/09/2020

Andy’s committal service will be streamed online at 11am this morning.💕

We received sad news yesterday. Our friend and longtime member Andy Whitaker passed away on Monday morning. Both Andy and his beloved wife Lois Duke-Whitaker are dedicated members of the Media Club and were well-known for their festive Mardi Gras parties at the February meetings.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, Dunbar Funeral Home Devine Street will Facebook livestream his committal service on Thursday April 9, 11 am. About three minutes before the service you may have to update the site. https://www.facebook.com/DunbarDevine/videos
Hope many of you can share during this very sad time. Love, Lois

Feel free to share a happy memory of Andy in the comments.

We received sad news yesterday.  Our friend and longtime member Andy Whitaker passed away on Monday morning.  Both Andy ...
04/07/2020

We received sad news yesterday. Our friend and longtime member Andy Whitaker passed away on Monday morning. Both Andy and his beloved wife Lois Duke-Whitaker are dedicated members of the Media Club and were well-known for their festive Mardi Gras parties at the February meetings.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, Dunbar Funeral Home Devine Street will Facebook livestream his committal service on Thursday April 9, 11 am. About three minutes before the service you may have to update the site. https://www.facebook.com/DunbarDevine/videos
Hope many of you can share during this very sad time. Love, Lois

Feel free to share a happy memory of Andy in the comments.

03/30/2020

Wishing longtime Media Club member Alice Brooks a happy birthday week! Keep her family in your healing thoughts, as her husband Jerry was in the hospital last week and is now at home recuperating from a serious foot infection.

We will skip the March meeting, to protect members from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  Stay healthy and see you in Apr...
03/16/2020

We will skip the March meeting, to protect members from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Stay healthy and see you in April.

Laurel Crest Retirement Community
03/03/2020

Laurel Crest Retirement Community

We are super proud of #LaurelCrestRetirementCommunity resident and Peabody Award recipient, Joe Pinner, also known as Mr. Knozit, being recognized with an exhibition at the McKissick Museum now through June 6, 2020. Come see artifacts from his 55-year career in broadcasting!
Photo credit: The State

FYI
02/25/2020
9 charts about America’s newsrooms

FYI

Mergers, closures and layoffs are reshaping the nation’s news media landscape. Here are nine charts on the state of newsroom employment.

02/24/2020

Media Club Community-Please include member Mary Jean Baxley and her son Burt in prayers for better health.

He's our own longstanding member, a former officer, our official cheerleader, our unofficial chief story teller and a Co...
02/23/2020
UofSC museum opens exhibit featuring local TV legend Joe Pinner

He's our own longstanding member, a former officer, our official cheerleader, our unofficial chief story teller and a Columbia treasure for more than half a century!

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum has a new exhibit highlighting some of the history of television in the Palmetto State. It includes materials from the South Carolina Broadcasters

02/21/2020

We’re all rooting for snow and saying hi to Joe Pinner!

One thing graphics people should keep close in their mind, that aging readers and audiences have eyes that need some hel...
01/30/2020
When fonts fight, Times New Roman conquers

One thing graphics people should keep close in their mind, that aging readers and audiences have eyes that need some help. What is your favorite font?

As the classic typeface goes viral on Twitter, writers explain which set of letters they work in – and why it matters

Happy New Year 2020! Stephanie Benjamin partied with these two familiar lovebirds on New Year's Eve. Kay and Bob Hickman...
01/04/2020

Happy New Year 2020! Stephanie Benjamin partied with these two familiar lovebirds on New Year's Eve. Kay and Bob Hickman danced the night away together and walked away with the Best Couple Costume prize.

Many of you know Dan Moon who was at WCOS in the mid 60s before headed down to Charleston and WTMA.
11/27/2019
Former Lowcountry radio host, Dan Moon, passes away at 78

Many of you know Dan Moon who was at WCOS in the mid 60s before headed down to Charleston and WTMA.

WTMA morning personality -- and local broadcasting legend -- Dan Moon has passed away. Dan was at WTMA from 1988 during the station's short-lived country music format through the first 14 years of its talk radio life. Besides his time in AM drive encouraging Charlestonians to "turn their telephone i...

11/27/2019

Sad news to report. Polly Wingate posted on Facebook this afternoon that Furman Wingate passed away yesterday 3:00 p.m. following his valiant 2 1/2 year fight against non-smokers lung cancer. He died at home, as was his wish, with his family nearby.They were married 57 years ago. At that time he was a reporter for WIS-TV news, but he went on to work for US senator Storm Thurmond, and later opened Wingate Advertising, which he owned for more than 46 years.

When people who pay taxes are unable to track the integrity of public finances, when public institutions are ignored, wh...
11/25/2019
How the Collapse of Local News Is Causing a ‘National Crisis’

When people who pay taxes are unable to track the integrity of public finances, when public institutions are ignored, when legitimate and valid news is withheld due to economics -- well, an informed society withers at the margins.

The loss of local news coverage in much of the United States has frayed communities and left many Americans woefully uninformed, according to a new report.

A signal honor for a very significant and sustaining member of the Media Club whose contributions in so many fields have...
11/16/2019
McCuen honored with CMA's 2019 John Richard Craft Leadership Award | Columbia Star

A signal honor for a very significant and sustaining member of the Media Club whose contributions in so many fields have made a positive impact on so many people!

Sam McCuen is the 2019 recipient of the Columbia Museum of Art's highest award—the John Richard Craft Award. CMA board of trustees presented McCuen with the award November 6 at a celebration dinn

Our board member Hollis Beach, also director of the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum, invites you to come out this weekend to ...
10/15/2019

Our board member Hollis Beach, also director of the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum, invites you to come out this weekend to explore the trails, native plants, birds & butterflies. Family friendly and open to all!

The annual Media Club of Columbia Membership drive is right around the corner.....and guess what's coming in for all of ...
09/29/2019

The annual Media Club of Columbia Membership drive is right around the corner.....and guess what's coming in for all of our renewing members. Magnets!

08/20/2019

Great meeting last Thursday with several new faces. Welcome to new club members Brian Cuthrell, Eric Bargeron, John Howard, and Marvin Lare...and to returning member John David Spade! Thanks to the room sponsors Anastasia Staci Medes, Myra Ramsey, and Lois Park Mole. Special thanks to Linda Jones DuRant for preparing a Delicious Buffet of snacks for us! Save the Date for September 19!

Richland Library is a wonderful resource for information and activities. Did you know that they are screening films at t...
08/16/2019
Richland Library

Richland Library is a wonderful resource for information and activities. Did you know that they are screening films at their Main branch several times per week? From classics, to documentaries, cutting-edge thrillers, comedies, and children's favorite's... Check out the double-feature tomorrow!

Friends,Do you know a communicator or firm with an exceptional campaign or work worthy of recognition. Please consider s...
07/19/2019

Friends,
Do you know a communicator or firm with an exceptional campaign or work worthy of recognition. Please consider sharing this opportunity with them!

IABC/SC is accepting entries for our 2019 Palmetto Awards and it’s time to enter your work! Click the first link to enter or the second for more information! Deadline for entries is August 1, 2019.

To enter: https://enter.omnisam.com/menu-home.aspx?comp_id=C6DEF013-E537-4847-9543-356A27D91DEF

More info: http://sc.iabc.com/palmetto-awards/

South Carolina Press Association
05/07/2019
South Carolina Press Association

South Carolina Press Association

Margaret A. Bauknight passed away May 3. Bauknight retired from The State newspaper after nearly 42 years on the news staffs of The State and The Columbia Record. She served in many roles including feature writer, copyeditor, executive women's editor, copy desk chief, Sunday editor, features editor and magazine editor. SCPA named her Newspaperwoman of the Year in 1958. She also served as president of the SCPA Women's Division in 1966.

Communications Associate needed at Central Carolina Community Foundation. See details below:
05/06/2019
IABC-SC

Communications Associate needed at Central Carolina Community Foundation. See details below:

JOB ALERT: Central Carolina Community Foundation is seeking a full time Communications Associate. For more details, please see the listing here: http://sc.iabc.com/jobs/

RepresentUs
03/30/2019

RepresentUs

WOW.

South Carolina Press Association
03/30/2019
South Carolina Press Association

South Carolina Press Association

Congrats to The State Newspaper's Avery Wilks on winning one of 12 McClatchy Presidents Awards for his 2018 investigative reporting on corruption at electric cooperatives.
"An investigation into the corrupt leaders of an electric co-op who used their positions to enrich themselves. Through dogged, original reporting, Avery Wilks uncovered a giant scandal within a small co-op in rural South Carolina, exposing the part-time board members who collected outsized pay and benefits while customers were saddled with some of the highest electricity rates in the state. Wilks combined a deep dive into thousands of documents with strong interviews and source development to deliver a series of well-crafted stories that had a high outrage factor and clearly explained why the 1.5 million South Carolinians served by co-ops should care.The judges were moved by the far-reaching impact of these stories, as Wilks' reporting changed the course of events for the better: Board members were voted out of office. A criminal investigation was launched. And legislators are promising reforms."
(Fun fact: Avery is a former SCPA Foundation intern!)

We have lost a Columbia broadcasting icon. Homer Fesperman passed away this week. He was a Former Announcer/Producer at ...
03/15/2019

We have lost a Columbia broadcasting icon. Homer Fesperman passed away this week. He was a Former Announcer/Producer at WIS Radio & TV and had his own recording studio at The Communications Group. I first met Homer when working on the old "The Investgators" series of 1/2 hour radio programs. We recorded them in Homer's old studios on US #1 between Columbia and Lexington. Homer was a nationally known recording engineer who recorded the shortest #1 song in the history of the Billboard hot 100; Maurice Williams and the Zodiac's "Stay". Homer was one of the good guys, we'll miss him!!!

As electronic media follows print media in conglomerating, the local flavor and genius gets smashed -- but there is stil...
03/10/2019
Behind the scenes of Columbia sports-radio carousel that, for now, stopped spinning

As electronic media follows print media in conglomerating, the local flavor and genius gets smashed -- but there is still hope. True intellectual creative communication will win out, never mind the odds. Moral: Support your local media in all forms and formats. We will continue to post examples of excellence and striving in the narrative media and the artistic media, Stay in touch with the Media Club -- either on this page or at our monthly meeting, third Thursday at 5:30-7:30 at American Legion corner of Pickens and Whaley.

There has been a major reshuffling of radio sports shows in the Midlands, with an impact felt across South Carolina.

Cindi Ross Scoppe
03/10/2019

Cindi Ross Scoppe

I'm starting my new job on Thursday, as an editorial writer for The Post and Courier. I'll be working with a great team, writing editorials and columns primarily about state government and the Legislature. And yes, I'm staying in Columbia, where I can keep a close eye on everything. I'll have a column in a few days introducing myself to readers, and I'll share that here.

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Monthly Meeting Site: Third Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. American Legion Hall #6, 200 Pickens Street (@ Whaley), Columbia, SC 29205

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Dues are $35 a year, and can be paid to Media Club of Columbia, PO Box 50846, Columbia, SC 29205-9998.

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Picking up momentum.
Dear SPJ members, Thank for being a part of oldest organization representing journalists in the country! The Society of Professional Journalists continues to push for freedom of the press and freedom of information; we encourage our members to report objectively and fairly while upholding standards of ethical behavior; and, we support and encourage diversity in newsrooms. To that end, we are about to set sail on a new adventure in South Carolina. Many of you have asked for it, and a new SPJ South Carolina Pro chapter is ready to embark on a journey that will continue to uphold the principles and practices of our national organization. We want to bring it closer to you! We are currently in the development stages of the new SPJ South Carolina Pro chapter. I am the skipper of the new chapter as we hoist our sails. I've worked in television news for over seventeen years, and I'm a professor of mass communication at Francis Marion University. I need your help. In coming months, you'll receive Emails. One of those will include a survey about what YOU want SPJ South Carolina Pro to be. I need ideas. I'll be working with the leadership at SPJ Region 3 in developing and sustaining this chapter tailored to your needs as journalists. We'd ask that you fill out the survey in order for us to gauge what you want to see. We will eventually set up meetings, establish an SPJ South Carolina board, and work with you to provide meaningful programming and training sessions. Most importantly, we want SPJ South Carolina to be about connections. Already, we are making progress: You can join our Facebook: @SPJSCarolina, Twitter: @SPJSCarolina, and Instagram: spjsouthcarolina. You may also find me on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/dtbaxley/. Follow along! We look forward to working with you, and we encourage you to provide input on ideas. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. My Email is: [email protected]. Sincerely, David Baxley SPJ South Carolina [email protected]
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Changes at McClatchy, including a new regional editor to lead both Carolinas.
Media Club Meeting Reminder-Tonight 5:30 pm at Richland Post 6 American Legion, Columbia, South Carolina. Excited to see you all and enjoy catering from Andy's Deli!