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
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
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.