April 3: Secrets of Videography

Videography on any budget Peer behind the lens caps of videographers Keith Bogart (Zero Gravity), Jeremy Lethco (dustoftheground), Meaghan Norman (NP Strategy) and Andrew Smith (BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina) as they discuss videography on multiple budgets. Learn about their strategies, execution, tips and tricks. Get ready to take notes, as they’ll be introducing you to videography that can be done from a cell phone all the way to full production, plus how to best work with videographers, straight from their own points of view.   Moderator Kevin Floyd will have a list of questions ready to ask the panel, but be ready to ask your own!     Bios Keith Bogart: Since 1993, Keith has been a producer, director, writer, director of photography, motion graphics designer and video editor. He co-founded Zero Gravity with Banks Meador in 1999. Prior to joining Zero Gravity’s day to day operations as a producer in 2002, Keith was a regional sales manager for Pinnacle Systems, a video editing system manufacturer. His territory covered half of the United States. He also worked as a video editing consultant for large-scale clients like CNN Atlanta, CNN New York, the NBA Network, and Lockheed Martin. As a producer/director at Zero Gravity, Keith has worked with some of the largest companies in the Carolinas designing, producing, and directing award winning video productions. Keith specializes in working on tight deadlines, providing realistic and accurate budgets, and directing humorous and lighthearted broadcast TV commercials and corporate marketing videos. His producing/directing credits include award winning productions for BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina, Duke Energy, Palmetto GBA, AgFirst Farm Credit, Colonial...

March 6: How to Take Your Digital Life to the Next Level

Most of us couldn’t make it through the day without using some form of digital media. It shapes our day-to-day activities at work as communication professionals and makes a huge impact on our personal lives. Digital media is ever changing and consistently offers us new tools to make our jobs easier. While it does offer us more opportunities to connect with people and to work faster and more efficiently, it also comes with a few challenges. Let’s chat about how digital media affects us today and what we can expect in the future of your digital life. Erika Dawkins is the Social Media Coordinator for Allstar Financial Group and Founder of It’s Only Write Communications. Dawkins works to help organizations with their social media and marketing strategies to attract customers, convert leads, and build brand recognition. She graduated with honors from Benedict College and Webster University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Media Communications. When she takes time out from digital media trends, Dawkins enjoys writing, and is the author of three self help books, with a fourth launching this year. When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 11:45 AM  – 1:15 PM Where: Farm Bureau Insurance, 724 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce, South Carolina 29033. Please park in the fenced parking lot directly behind the building across F Avenue. The main entrance to the building faces the parking lot. Dress Code: Business attire Registration Deadline: By NOON Monday, March 5,...

February 6: How to Get in South Carolina’s $20.2 Billion Tourism Industry

Learn how to transform hidden gems into beautiful stories with Dawn Dawson-House. Dawson-House is the brains behind The Green Book, the state’s first online travel guide to African American historic sites. While the stories of the more than 300 sites featured in the guide are compelling, the guide’s development is also fascinating. Learn about the research, design, web design, social media and other aspects of The Green Book development, and how this story inspired organizations all over the state to jump on board. Look forward to hearing about who was involved and how, and the story behind how this amazing communications and tourism marketing project contributed to South Carolina’s growing $20.2 billion tourism industry. Flock and Rally with the S.C. African American Heritage Commission took home an Award of Excellence at IABC/SC’s 2017 Palmetto Awards for the project. Join us to learn why! Dawn Dawson-House is Director of Corporate Communications for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  She directs a program that shapes and shares the agency’s good work toward growing tourism, operating 47 state parks and providing assistance to communities for tourism and recreation development. She is editor of the monthly e-newsletter “South Carolina Tourism Today,” and serves as spokesperson for the agency. Dawn formerly led the agency’s tourism public relations effort, which generated millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity for South Carolina in newspapers, magazines and online publications across the country and in international markets. Dawn is a 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s journalism school, and an avid Gamecock fan. She lives in Columbia with her husband, William. When: Tuesday, February...

Dec 13: Jingle Mingle

Join advertising, design, marketing and public relation professionals across the Midlands to ring in the holidays with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres! This year’s Jingle Mingle will be a FREE event with a cash bar. Participating organizations include AAF of the Midlands, AIGA South Carolina, IABC/SC, South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and AMA Columbia. Date and Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 5:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Liberty Tap Room 828 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201 Planning to attend the Free Times Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters party following Jingle Mingle? If so, the Free Times has generously offered a $5 off code for their party to anyone that attends Jingle Mingle. The party is the same night as our drop-in, but starts later in the evening at 7 p.m. Enter code JINGLEMINGLETACOS when you purchase your ticket to receive the $5...

Nov. 3: IABC/SC and SCPRSA joint professional development conference

Hurry – Registration window closes at midnight on October 31st! Join us this November for a day full of stimulating discussions on current and future trends and tactics for PR and communications. The South Carolina chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators are bringing together communication professionals to CONNECT on topics of media relations, crisis communications, trends in technology and more. This one-day statewide conference will educate new and seasoned professionals on industry-leading topics. CONNECT 2017 is open to all members and non-members of each organization, along with any other communications professional interested in attending. See AGENDA for speaker and topic details. Click here for speaker bios. In addition to a day loaded with important and timely topics and discussions, we will have a continental breakfast and networking lunch available. Registration is required. Security at the SCANA Headquarters requires a photo ID. Please be prepared.Walk-ups are welcome but food may not be guaranteed. We can’t wait to see you at the CONNECT2017 conference! Be prepared to get inspired and motivated to be an even better communicator and marketing professional! When:  Friday, November 3, 2017 8:30 AM  – 4:00 PM Where: SCANA Corporate Headquarters, 100 SCANA Parkway, Cayce, South Carolina 29033, USA   REGISTER HERE! Explore hot topics in PR & communications at CONNECT’17 SCPRSA & IABC/SC are happy to announce the session topics for CONNECT’17, their annual joint professional development conference. The one-day conference in Columbia gives attendees the opportunity to delve into current topics and trends with experts. We can’t wait to see you at the CONNECT2017 conference! Be prepared to get inspired...

Oct. 3: Insights from Veteran Journalist Andy Shain

Andy Shain, Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier, will share stories and insights from his 30 years as a journalist. Shain will discuss his role in covering South Carolina’s landmark 1990 FBI sting, Operation Lost Trust, including a brief time he spent in jail for refusing to reveal his sources. He’ll also share his perspective on how journalism has evolved during his career and what it takes to effectively report on public issues today. Andy Shain is The Post and Courier’s Columbia Bureau Chief where he oversees a three-person Statehouse reporting team from the newspaper’s office on Main Street. He also heads up the expansion of South Carolina’s largest newspaper into Columbia and Myrtle Beach. After graduating from Northwestern, Andy worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia. He spent nine years at The State covering business, sports and politics, and a little more than a year as editor of Free Times after the weekly paper was bought by The Post and Courier’s parent company in 2016. He started a weekend backpack food program at his daughter’s elementary school, Meadowfield, that has grown threefold over the years, and he volunteers at the Washington Street United Methodist Church soup cellar. On the personal side, Andy is convinced he’s the only person who can live in Myrtle Beach for eight years and come out a worse golfer. And he’s a fan of Arsenal, the Phillies and the Eagles – all of which prepares him for life’s disappointments. When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 11:45 AM  – 1:15 PM Where: Farm Bureau Insurance, 724 Knox Abbott...