NEWS TRAINING TO
FEATURE SCOTT LIBIN
News personnel are invited to attend SCBA's annual news training on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Scott Libin from University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications will conduct the workshop. An outline for the day is below. Registration opens at 9:00 am and the session begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 3:30 pm. The cost is $39/person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. Registration is now open. Deadline to register is February 27th.
- Time Management: Everybody's an Expert
- Working Lunch (optional)
- Storytelling Still Works
2015 AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
SCBA presented the 2015 Awards of Distinction at the Dinner & Ceremony Friday, January 30, 2015 in Columbia.
USC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
SCBA is accepting USC scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to broadcast journalism majors--one to a rising sophomore, one to a rising junior and two to rising seniors. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
TOR DRILL MARCH 11
TO UTILIZE LIVE CODES
The National Weather Service (NWS) will initiate a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 11 at approximately 9:00 am using EAS and NOAA weather radios. All broadcast facilities are urged to participate in this drill. NWS will be activating using the TOR code. For radio stations, your EAS unit will activate and a message will be heard from NWS explaining that this is a test. For television stations, if you are set to pass on activations, a crawl will appear on the screen notifying viewers that this is a tornado warning. You will need to make your operators aware of this and be certain that you air the audio explaining that this is only a test. In addition, all stations are requested to publicize the test starting February 25, 2015 so the general public will understand that this event is a test to determine the readiness of EAS equipment and emergency radio receivers located in broadcast facilities, schools, hospitals and other public buildings. All EAS receivers and weather radios that are set to receive tornado codes should receive the drill message at approximately 9:00 am on March 11. If your radio malfunctions or is not properly programmed, and you have not received the drill message by 9:15 am, you are encouraged to proceed with the drill anyway. This annual drill is a way for the public to learn simple precautions that could save lives. Your station's assistance with the success of this test is appreciated. If you have any questions, feel free to contact John George, SC EAS Coordinator and SC Emergency Communications Chairman, at 803-951-7443.
BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM (ABIP)
One of the most valuable member services offered by SCBA is the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). Participation in the program protects your station from random FCC inspection for a period of three years. More importantly, it is a method to be certain your station is in compliance with all FCC regulations including all technical requirements and public file requirements. (Inspection excludes examination of EEO and political files.) If you do not currently hold an ABIP certificate, call SCBA today to schedule your inspection. If you do hold an ABIP certificate, be sure you check the expiration date and schedule your renewal inspection well in advance so you have no interruption in your protection. Information about how to enroll in the ABIP program is at http://www.scba.net/abip.htm Please call SCBA if you have any questions.
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