AVAILABLE FOR 2015
SCBA is offering two scholarships to The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The scholarships cover tuition and some travel expenses. Scholarships are applicable to the two programs outlined below; however, a predetermined number of scholarships have been designated for each seminar. The top SCBA member candidates will be awarded the designated scholarships and any other SCBA members selected to attend the seminars will do so at their own expense. If no SCBA members apply or are selected to attend a particular seminar eligible for an SCBA scholarship then the scholarship(s) will roll over to the other remaining seminars and will be publicized to the membership. For more information on the scholarships and seminars, www.poynter.org
Seminars Eligible for SCBA Scholarships:
Hands-On Backpack and Mobile
Seminar Dates: June 1-5, 2015
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Scholarships Available: 1
TV News Anchors: Top
Performance on All Platforms
Seminar Dates: August 16-21, 2015
Application Deadline: July 3, 2015
Scholarships Available: 1
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
In observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week, 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 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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