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Public Notice Week set for January 21-17
Tennessee Press Association has set Public Notice Week for January 21-27, 2018.
We encourage you to produce your own editorials during the designated week and throughout the year. Items from the previous year's kit are also available.

Newspapers make Public Notice work for Tennessee
By Frank Daniels III

Each year a few elected officials will sponsor a law or an ordinance to change the way the voters who elected them are notified about actions government wishes to take. 2018 will be no exception. Continue reading_______________________________________________________

State Press Contests deadline is Feb. 16
Rules & entry information_______________________________________________________

TPA 2018 Ideas Contest
for Advertising, Circulation and Creative Departments

Download the rules
Deadline: Feb. 23


Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2018
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Notice: Robertson County Connection recommended for TPA membership

DATE: December 28, 2017
TO: TPA Membership
FROM: TPA Board of Directors
SUBJECT: Notice to TPA Members that an application from the Robertson County Connection is recommended for approval

The TPA Membership Committee has voted to recommend for approval the Robertson County Connection to the Board for membership. In accordance with procedures, the Board of Directors hereby notifies the membership that if there are no objections from a TPA member newspaper within 30 days (by 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, January 29, 2018) , the following will be placed on the January 31 Board of Directors agenda with a recommendation for approval.

In the event a member objects to membership by a publication based upon criteria outlined in the bylaws as qualifications of paper members an appeal to re-consider the application may be made, if notice of appeal is received within 30 days of the committee’s recommendation for membership. In such events the TPA member objecting must provide the reason for the objection and supporting documentation supporting their position that the applicant is not eligible for membership based on the bylaws. Objections should be addressed to TPA President Eric Barnes (ebarnes@memphisdailynews.com) and Membership Committee Chairman Keith Ponder (kponder@c-dh.net).

a. Burden of proof exists with TPA member newspaper to show cause for rejection, i.e. examples of publications exceeding 75% advertising that would disqualify an applicant. Objecting newspaper shall provide supporting evidence to membership committee chair within ten business days of objection. Committee will review evidence and consider merits of the objection. Expenses incurred by the subcommittee in the course of their investigation will be borne by the TPA member objecting to the membership application.

b. Membership committee may review up to 12 months of previous editions at their sole discretion to reach a conclusion and make a recommendation to the board. The board’s ruling is binding.


TPA to host forum for 2018 gubernatorial candidates
Forum kicks off election year coverage focused on voter education and increased election turnout in all 95 Tennessee counties

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct 19, 2017) - The Tennessee Press Association will host a forum with the announced candidates for Governor of Tennessee at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The forum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The forum is part of the TPA’s annual Winter Convention held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

The gubernatorial forum kicks off an intense cycle of election coverage by the 125 members of the state newspaper association, who are committed to helping educate readers about the candidates, races and issues, said Chris Vass, public editor of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga and vice president of the press association.

“Election years are always important ones for our newspapers, as readers want and need in-depth coverage of the many races and candidates they will see on their ballots,” Vass said. “The 2018 elections will be particularly important with Gov. Bill Haslam not eligible for re-election, the retirement of Sen. Bob Corker, and the enhanced importance of mid-term Congressional elections.”

The College of Communication & Information at The University of Tennessee will live stream the forum through the TPA member newspaper websites so that readers throughout the state will be able to meet the candidates as their campaigns gear up for the primary elections on August 2, 2018.

The TPA has received commitments from Democrats Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville, and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D- Ripley, Tennessee House Minority Leader.

The TPA has received commitments from Republicans Mae Beavers, former state senator, Randy Boyd, former Commissioner of Economic and Community Development under Haslam, Rep. Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, Speaker of the House, and businessman Bill Lee. Republican candidates Rep. Diane Black, and Kay White had not confirmed as of October 18.

The TPA has welcomed co-sponsors to the event who are non-partisan and committed to voter education and participation. Initial co-sponsors are Nashville Public Library, The Beacon Center of Tennessee, The League of Women Voters of Tennessee and ThinkTennessee.


Over the summer, TPA members were asked to submit columns to be included in a book about haunted places in Tennessee. The book is now available and we hope you'll help us get the word out about it. Ghostly Places in Tennessee: A Collection of Chilling Stories About Haunted Places is now on sale at Amazon.com and at member newspapers throughout the state. The book is filled with 26 stories, straight out of the pages of Tennessee newspapers, about haunted places throughout the state.

Order copies of the book to sell by your newspaper. Order 10 or more copies at $8.00 each (including shipping) and resell them at the $15.95 cover price. We'll just bill you for the books you order. Contact Kevin Slimp at (865) 584-5761, ext. 107. A press release is available. book cover      house ad


Two inducted into Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame







Two Tennessee newspaper professionals were posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday, July 21, 2017. Bob Parkins was the owner, publisher and editor of The Milan Mirror-Exchange and W. Bryant Williams was the editor and publisher of The Paris Post-Intelligencer. Bob Parkins became the 56th honoree and Bryant Williams the 57th.

2017 Hall of Fame brochure with complete biographies. Video of Bob Parkins' biographical information. Video of Bryant Williams' biographical information.

The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee. The Hall of Fame honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally, or who have made an extraordinary contribution to their communities and region, or the state, through newspaper journalism. Since 1966, 57 individuals have been honored. about the Hall of Fame


Tennessee State Press Contests Winners 2017

Photo credit: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
First place winners in the 2017 Tennessee State Press Contests pose after the Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 20 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Master list of winners
Excel file with winners, captions, credits, comments
Contests Press Release 2017

link to photos of winners from the banquet (photo credit to: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography)
First place winner photos were taken with Dr. David Golden, Executive Assistant to the President, University of Tennessee


TPA Advertising & Circulation 2017 Ideas Contest Winners announced

List of 2017 Ideas Contest winners

The Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest is an annual competition for advertising and circulation departments. The awards were presented during the TPA Summer Convention on Friday, July 21 in Franklin, Tennessee.


Public notice ads available

Ads promoting the value of public notice are available for all U.S. newspapers from the News Media Alliance. Visit their site to download the ads.








Keys to Open Government Guide available

Keys to Open Government

Keys to Open Government” a long-awaited 52-page guide to Tennessee’s open records and open meetings laws, was released in February 2015. (Download a copy of the PDF)

Written by Frank Gibson, TPA Public Policy Director, and edited by colleague Deborah Fisher at the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, “Keys” is a guide we hope will help journalists and citizens use “the law.” The guide was made possible with a grant from the Tennessee Press Association Foundation.


Newspapers must comply with Public Notice Law
Notices must be posted on newspaper's website AND www.tnpublicnotice.com

 Details at tnpress.com/publicnoticelaw.html

Have a job opening?
Post your open positions and search for resumes in TPA's employment area at http://www.tnpress.com/employment.html.
Only authorized personnel from member newspapers can post jobs or review résumés. First time users will need to register with a user name and password. Once you complete your online registration, please contact Robyn Gentile, member services manager, for access—(865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or via e-mail.




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