'Third World' election in Columbia draws recount
Where was Jimmy Carter when we needed him?
Following his term as president, Carter has traveled the world building houses for Habitat for Humanity and building democracies by monitoring elections.
I don't know where Jimmy was on Nov. 6, but we certainly could have used him in Richland County where we had an election that if it were called "third world," would be defaming third world countries.
The Richland County legislative delegation in a bi-partisan move decided to combine the Richland County Voter Registration Office and the Richland County Election Commission. The head of the registration office was installed as the head of the new combined office displacing a fellow who had run municipal and county elections in Richland County for 40 years with very few complaints. The voter registration executive had never run an election, and never got in touch with her predecessor to confirm that she knew how to do it.
A woman who has run a polling place since 1975 told me this morning that when she went the Friday before the election to pick up material for her poll, there were no credentials for the poll managers and the cart she was given to transport the material was missing a wheel and the handle. She told me it took two hours for the staff to print credentials for her poll managers.
Unfortunately, that was the high point of the election in terms of efficiency.
Legislative Workshop for the Media set Jan. 3 at Statehouse
The annual Legislative Workshop for the Media will preview the 2013 legislative
session. Make plans to join your state
legislators as they discuss various topics including the budget, state employee salaries, tax reform, cyber security, ethics
reform, open government reform,
restructuring and more.
The event will take place at the Solomon Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3.
We recommend this event for new and veteran Statehouse reporters,
editorial writers, city editors and assignment editors.
This workshop is open to newspaper members only, not associate and individual members.
The event will be a one-stop shop that will allow credentialed media
to interview key members of both
the House and Senate. Confirmed panelists include Sens. Thomas Alexander, Wes Hayes, Larry Martin,
Shane Massey, Harvey Peeler and Vincent Sheheen, and Reps. Kenny
Bingham, Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Harry
Ott and Bill Taylor. More panelists will
be announced as they are confirmed.
Les Boles, Director of the Office of
State Budget, will give an overview of
revenue and spending projections for
the coming year.
Mike Smith, executive editor of the Herald-Journal, will moderate. All
discussions are on the record.
The cost to attend this event is $50 per person for members of SCPA,
SCBA and the AP. Lunch will be
provided. The deadline to register is Dec. 27. A $10 per-person late fee will
be charged for registrations made after that date.
This workshop is sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, S.C.
Broadcasters Association and the
Click here to register and view more details.
SCPA encourages you to run public notice house ads
SCPA has created two house ads supporting newspaper public notices in South Carolina. A thumbnail of one of the ads can be seen on the right. Publishers are encouraged to run the ads as fillers when they can.
The ad concept was created by the Mississippi Press Association and are available for all SCPA members to use.
"We will likely face another attempt to remove legals to the internet next Legislative session, and these ads can help build awareness and support among the public and Legislators," SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers said.
The house ads are available in color or black and white. Please resize to fit your newspaper's column width. If you have issues downloading the ads or would like the original files, please contact Jen.
Click here to download the ads.
The end of good citizenship?
By Jessica Bruder, The Christian Science Monitor
The death of newspapers – by cutbacks, outright disappearance, or morphing into lean websites – means a reduction of watchdog reporting and less local information. Some say it has caused a drop in civic participation. Is it a blow to good citizenship?
One Saturday in June, the Pinstripe Brass Band played a traditional jazz funeral in the lakeside Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. When “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” gave way to a livelier tune, dozens of mourners danced.
But there was no coffin. Black frosting on a sheet cake spelled “-30-,” the mark reporters put at a story’s end. This was a requiem for a newspaper.
The 175-year-old daily Times-Picayune, with a paid weekday circulation of more than 134,000, had announced plans to slash print publication to three days a week, leaving daily coverage to its online edition.
And readers were upset.
Their daily paper had remained well read and profitable despite the newspaper industry’s overall decline. Three-quarters of residents saw the paper each week, making its stories a centerpiece of conversation from barbershops to city hall.
New Orleans was about to become the largest city in America without its own daily paper. But beneath the drama was a quieter question: Does it matter?
Buffett company to close Va. newspaper, cut 105 jobs
A 10,000-circulation Virginia newspaper owned by Warren Buffett's investment company will close at the end of the year as part of plan involving 105 job cuts in the 2,000-employee eastern U.S. newspaper operation.
The company said no other job cuts are planned.
The Manassas (Va.) News & Messenger, which traces its history to 1869, will publish its last edition on Dec. 30, according to World Media Enterprises Inc., a division of Buffett's Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
World Media said Wednesday it would eliminate the newspaper's 33 jobs and cut the jobs of 72 other people, mostly corporate staff positions it inherited at various locations in the Southeast when Berkshire purchased 63 newspapers from Media General Group of Richmond, Va., last June.
Terry Kroeger, chairman of World Media, said the newspaper is in direct competition with many other publications and, being part of a large metropolitan area, had a tough time finding the sense of community that a community newspaper needs to prosper. He said the paper had been losing money for years.
In South Carolina, World Media Enterprises owns the Morning News in Florence and its sister weeklies.
Former publisher of The Georgetown Times, Samuel Rayford, dies at 84
Samuel Rayford Marshall, former publisher of The Georgetown Times, died Nov. 11. He was 84.
Born Dec. 18, 1927, in Clay, Ky., he was the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Marshall.
He served as an Army battalion photographer during the Korean War and afterward worked in newspaper sales and promotions departments.
In 1963, Marshall became retail advertising manager for The News and Courier and The Evening Post.
After 20 years, he was named the publisher of The Georgetown Times and the president of Georgetown Communications, a subsidiary of Evening Post Publishing Co.
In 1987 he became the national advertising manager with The News and Courier, until his retirement in 1988.
|Intelligent Mail Barcode to be required by January
The Postal Service announced early this year that it planned to require the so-called Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) by January 2013 in order for mail to qualify for automation barcode piece prices.
The result is that newspapers unable to print the IMb on address labels would be bounced to Nonmachinable Flats rate, nonbarcoded piece prices on Part C of Postage Statement 3541, lines C9-16 rather than C1-8. Although some newspapers may already be paying nonmachinable prices, there is a barcode discount for pieces meeting size requirements. Piece price postage could increase anywhere from 5.5 percent to 51 percent, depending on sort level.
The full-service IMb is a complex code that assigns an identity number to the "mail owner" who creates the mail, and an individual identifier for each piece in the mailing.
||If you fail to plan...
I first heard it years ago... and I've remembered ever since: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
Some say it originated with Benjamin Franklin. Others aren't so sure. Regardless, the quote is memorable -- and it's a sure reminder to editors that they need to work on their planning. For every issue. During a recent conversation with some editors, I pointed out that the jump on a page 1 lead story was (to put it nicely) "text heavy."
I offered some ideas for improving the design:
— More photos.
— Breaking the one long story into multiple shorter pieces.
— Use of pull quotes.
The problem with those suggestions is that they just couldn't be worked out at 9:30 p.m., a half-hour before deadline. The layout person was swimming upstream and doing his best just to get the pages done in time.
Nov. 22-23: Happy Thanksgiving! SCPA/SCNN Offices Closed
Dec. 5: Webinar: Mobilize your classifieds
Dec. 6: Daily Publishers' Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Dec. 7: News Contest Deadline; Rules, tags and forms available here
Dec. 7: S.C. Journalism Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline
Dec. 7: Webinar: Will Paywalls Kill Newspapers' Web Advertising?
Dec. 21: Collegiate Contest Deadline' Rules, tags and forms available here
Jan. 3, 2013: Legislative Workshop for the Media, More details coming soon!
Jan. 11: Weekly Publishers' Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Jan. 18: SCPA Foundation Internship and Scholarship application deadline
March 22-24, 2013: SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, The Westin Poinsett Hotel, Greenville