News Services

Training

SCBA provides a full-day of news training workshop each spring.  Topics are designed to appeal to anchors, reporters, MMJs, producers and photographers.  SCBA prides itself on providing members with high caliber nationally known trainers . Recent speakers include Kevin Benz.  Boyd Huppert,  Al Tompkins, and in 2019 Bob Dotson, long time news correspondent for NBC's TODAY SHOW. For more information, call the SCBA Office at (803) 732-1186.

 

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 and the full date of birth.

 

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

READ THE RULES AND HAVE YOUR PERSONNEL WHO ARE GOING TO COURT READ THE FULE AND COMPLY WITH IT

 

Legal Support 

SCBA counsel Jay Bender is available to assist members with legal issues and questions.  Mr. Bender also offers a FREE seminar to TV members titled “ Could your TV station be vulnerable to libel and invasion of privacy charges?” For more information on scheduling a seminar for your news staff, call the SCBA office at (803) 732-1186.

 

Legislative Workshop 

Each January, SCBA partners with the SC Press Association to present a legislative workshop for Statehouse reporters, assignment editors and other news staff.  This workshop typically previews the upcoming budget and other hot issues for the coming year.