News Services


Training - In order to better equip television newsrooms around the state, SCBA provides full-day news training.  Seminar topics vary each year and attract a wide range of news personnel such as anchors, reporters, producers and photographers.  SCBA prides itself on providing members with high caliber training. The 2016 news training featured speaker was Kevin Benz with iMedia Strategies.  The speaker for the 2017 News Training Seminar was Boyd Huppert, news reporter for KARE 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2018 Al Tompkins, an instructor at the famed Poynter Institute, was the speaker for the News Training Workshop. 

On March 23, 2019 Bob Dotson, long time news correspondent for NBC as well as the man behind "The American Story with Bob Dotson" - a regular feature on NBC's TODAY SHOW for 40 years. 



Professional Development – SCBA provides scholarships for news professionals to attend the distinguished Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. Poynter is dedicated to both teaching and inspiring journalists and promoting excellence and integrity in the practice of journalism. As a non-profit teaching and research institution, Poynter prides itself on offering news training unlike any other. Programs offer concentrated instruction and personal support through small classes, individual attention, a hands-on approach and a resident faculty of scholars, master teachers and distinguished professionals.


Criminal History Checks – SCBA is available during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, to furnish SLED criminal history checks, at no charge to newsroom staff of member stations. Email scba@scba.net and provide the name of the person, the full date of birth, and the crime for which they are accused.


ID Cards – SCBA produces identification cards for broadcast media personnel from member stations that are officially recognized by state law enforcement agencies. To order ID cards, send a request form along with payment and photos to SCBA.


Cameras In Courts - Video, still cameras and recorders may be used in courtrooms subject to the requirements of Rule 605 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (available at www.sccourts.org).  Highlights of the rule include:  1) Seek permission from the presiding judge in advance; 2) Establish pooling arrangements in advance; 3) Conform to the equipment and personnel and sound and light criteria of the rule.  Broadcast Pooling Guidelines









There is no "right" to be in a courtroom with a camera, and judges who have positive experiences with camera crews are much more likely to allow cameras in the future than are those who encounter crews that are ignorant of the rules and who intrude into the proceedings.

Training for news crews with respect to cameras in courts and other law-related issues such as how to avoid libel and privacy suits and how to use the Freedom of Information Act is available at no charge to SCBA members from SCBA counsel.  These seminars can be conducted in your station and typically last two hours.  Other resources available from SCBA include pocket cards for reporters to provide scripts for dealing with closed courts, closed meetings and cameras in courts. 


Legal Support – SCBA counsel is on call to assist members with legal issues regarding employment law, access to courts, libel, etc.


Legislative Workshop-Traditionally, SCBA partners with the SC Press Association to present a legislative workshop each year for Statehouse reporters, assignment editors and other news staff.  This workshop usually previews the upcoming budget and other hot issues for the coming year. 


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South Carolina Broadcasters Association
One Harbison Way, Suite 112
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: 803-732-1186
Fax: 803-732-4085