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Chattanooga Times Free Press recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting

Chattanooga Times Free Press
A Chattanooga Times Free Press investigation into the cycle of inner city violence was honored today (April 14) as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.

The Pulitzer committee honored Speak No Evil in the local reporting category.

The committee cited Joan Garrett McClane, Todd South, Doug Strickland and Mary Helen Miller "for using an array of journalistic tools to explore the 'no-snitch' culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South."

Read the "Speak No Evil" piece at www.timesfreepress.com


Tennessee Press Association

Summer Convention

June 5-7, 2014

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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TPA Advertising & Circulation Conference

May 1-2

Deadline: April 18

Registration Packet

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News/Ed Judges needed for Arkansas Press contest
By mail mid-April or in person on April 24 in Nashville

Sign up to serve as a judge

TPA needs volunteers to judge the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in April. APA does not use an online system so we need judges who will agree to take them by mail. Or, for those who prefer the one-day judging at a central location, we are scheduling an on-site judging for Thursday, April 24 in the Nashville area.

Judges by mail will receive categories the week of April 14 with a deadline of April 30. If you are willing to judge, please sign up online or contact Robyn Gentile, member services manager, and let her know whether or you want to serve as a judge by mail or at the on-site judging April 24.

Newspapers must prepare for April 1 Public Notice Law compliance
Notices must be posted on newspaper's website AND www.tnpublicnotice.com

 Details at tnpress.com/publicnoticelaw.html


Common Core
Janet Rail, chair of TPA's Journalism, Education and Literacy Committee wanted TPA member newspapers to know that legislators may act this week (week of March 17) on delaying implementation of Common Core standards in Tennessee.

"We had discussion in our Committee on raising the standards for education in Tennessee," said Rail. "The Committee felt strongly that standards need to be raised, and Common Core is the only vehicle that has been presented this far. Neither the Committee nor TPA is taking a political stand regarding Common Core or is endorsing Common Core, but we are making available some materials for download on the website in support of raising educational standards and Common Core if your newspaper wishes to use them."
Link to Common Core materials

If your newspaper is choosing to endorse Common Core, then this is a great resource for you," Rail continued. "There are also some template ads supporting Common Core available for your use that were prepared courtesy of Chattanooga Times Free Press."

Newspapers who wish to submit any additional materials regarding raising educational standards in Tennessee may submit them to Robyn Gentile for inclusion in this repository.


Sen. Ken Yager and Rep. Ryan Haynes receive TPA Open Government AwardsPhoto credit: Joel Washburn, The McKenzie Banner
TPA Presented Open Government Awards to Sen. Ken Yager and Rep. Ryan Haynes on Feb. 6 in Nashville. (L-R) Sen. Ken Yager, TPA President Lynn Richardson, publisher of the Herald & Tribune, Jonesborough, and Rep. Ryan Haynes

Two legislative leaders from East Tennessee are the 2014 recipients of the Tennessee Press Association’s coveted “Open Government Award.”

The awards were presented to Sen. Ken Yager, a Harriman Republican and chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, and Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, on Feb. 6 at TPA’s Winter Convention and Press Institute in Nashville. Haynes chairs the House State Government Committee.

TPA President Lynn Richardson, publisher of the Herald & Tribune of Jonesborough, cited the two legislative leaders’ “broad commitment to the values of government transparency and press freedom.”

Richardson said government transparency is a three-legged stool of public accountability, starting with the state’s open meetings and public records laws and coupled with the affirmative disclosure of information through public notices.

Senator Yager and Representative Haynes have championed open government from a variety of perspectives through word and deed, Richardson said. Continue reading/full release


bjButch Jones named TPA's 2013
Headliner of the Year

NASHVILLE – UT Head Football Coach “Butch” Jones has been named the 2013 Tennessee Headliner of the Year in an inaugural award by the Tennessee Press Association (TPA) presented February 6 in Nashville.

The Tennessee Headliner of the Year Award recognizes a person (or group) who has brought the most positive headlines to the State of Tennessee over the course of the year.

Publishers and editors from across the state nominated those who they believed had contributed the most toward positive headlines. continue reading/full release and photos

Photo credit: Joel Washburn, The McKenzie Banner


spcState Press Contests
DEADLINE: Feb. 21, 2014

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DEADLINE: Feb. 21, 2014
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More adults read newspaper content last week than watched the Super Bowl last year
116 million adults in the U.S. watched the big game last year. But 156 million adults either read a newspaper in print or online in the past week. So you don’t have to wait for the next big game to make a big impact.

Newspapers score all year long.

Download this ad for publication or visit this Newspaper Association of America site for other ads touting newspaper readership statistics.


4th Annual Public Notice Week January 19-25, 2014
TPA's 4th annual Public Notice Week was January 19-25, 2014. Items from the kit may be used throughout the year. The kit is available at tnpress.com/publicnoticeweek.html.




Worth Repeating:
It costs money to put news online
The Leader, Covington, Tenn.
Nov. 7, 2013

Do you remember the good ol’ days when The Leader published its stories online and readers could view them for free?

Ah, yes, those were the days, weren’t they?

We instituted a paid model website in June 2007 and have heard complaints about it every single day for nearly six and a half years. In that time, many other community-based papers, as well as larger market dailies like the Commercial Appeal, Wall Street Journal and New York Times, began using a paid model as well. You could say we’ve seen the error of our ways and you’d be absolutely correct.

The news industry sort of shot itself in the foot in the early days of the Internet. Having a website was a novelty and everyone wanted one. From what we can tell, The Leader first published its website in 2004. Like every other news organization, it began giving news away for free online every week. “It costs nothing extra to put it online!” was the argument used to validate the practice and justify not charging readers, because subscription funds are used to cover postage.

However, putting news online costs us money. We pay for the domain registration, hosting fees, content management system and a team of people who help us when we want to add new features or when we break something. We have to pay someone to attend a meeting, event or interview to gather the news, we have to pay that person to edit photos and file the story, we have to pay someone to spend hours updating the website. And because news is our product, it doesn’t make sense to give the product away for free online while charging others.

Gathering and providing the news is our business and we want to stay in business. That is, in a nutshell, why we charge our readers. It’s frustrating, we understand, but we also have to do what we’ve been entrusted to do: keep this business going, because none of us wants to see it sink on our watch.

We charge people to visit our website because we are in the business of providing information to the public. We are not, nor have we ever been, a non-profit organization. Just like you, we have children and families to feed and we cannot do that if we work for free.

When news breaks, we often publish the story on our website and link to it from our Facebook page. Social media are tools we use for promotional purposes, just like the business owners who purchase advertising in our print product. Viewing the advertisement doesn’t mean the business is obligated to allow the reader to consume the product without purchase, and that is the way we handle the stories published on our website.

We know similar stories are available elsewhere at no additional charge to consumers. If you would prefer to consume your news through these avenues, we welcome you to do so. However, if you want the best local news from the only organization focused entirely on Tipton County, we’re more than happy to provide this service. Just not for free.
Used with permission of The Leader


Bill Bowden celebrates 50th anniversary of bringing the news to Fentress County!

Bill Bowden is celebrating his 50th anniversary with The Fentress Courier in Jamestown. He began working for the paper on October 28, 1963.

His staff honored him with a special edition and a celebration on Oct. 18.

Links to the pages of coverage celebrating Mr. Bowden follow.

Oct. 15 A-4
Oct. 15 A-5


Jesse Lindsey named TPA director for district six
TPA President Lynn Richardson has appointed Jesse Lindsey, publisher of The Lebanon Democrat, as the new TPA director for district six. Joe Adams, former publisher of The Lebanon Democrat, previously held the position. Adams' recent move to a new post in Kingsport led to his resignation from the Board of Directors. Lindsey is filling the term, which expires in June 2014.

Lindsey joined The Lebanon Democrat on Sept. 23. Previously he was publisher of The Rogersville Review.

District six is in Middle Tennessee and covers TPA member newspapers in these counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner and Wilson.

Which district are you in? Who is your director? Map and list of TPA Districts and Directors

TPA Public Notice Bill signed by Gov. Haslam

Photo by Jed DeKalb, Chief State Photographer

Download the full size version of this photograph for publication

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs Tennessee Press Association's Public Notice Bill at the signing ceremony, Tuesday, April 16 at the state capitol. On hand for the signing were (left to right) Greg Sherrill, TPA Executive Director; Elizabeth Kennedy Blackstone, Co-chair of TPA Government Affairs Committee; Eric Barnes, TPA Dist. 10 Director; Sen. Ken Yager, primary Senate sponsor of the bill; Jeffrey D. Fishman, TPA Immediate Past President; Michael B. Williams, TPA President; Victor Parkins, Chairman of TPA's Newspaper Definition Task Force; Rep. Ryan Haynes, primary House sponsor of the bill; Frank Gibson, TPA Public Policy Director and Joel Washburn, TPA Treasurer.
Photo by Jed DeKalb, Chief State Photographer

The full state House of Representatives approved our public notice bill by a vote of 94-1 on March 25. (HB 1001/SB 0461) Governor Haslam signed the bill on April 12. A ceremonial signing of the bill occurred on April 16.

THANK YOU to all publishers and editors for quickly reaching out to senators and representatives along the way. And thank you to TPA President Michael Williams, who has made numerous trips to Nashville to see this bill through both chambers of the General Assembly.


Ads for newspaper promotion campaign available
Every TPA member publisher should have received a CD with ads promoting the newspaper industry. This campaign is titled, “Tennessee Newspapers: Turning the Page on the Future.”

Please continue to run these ads as you have space available.

Download/view the promotional ads

If you need a disk with all of the ads or want the ads designed for a billboard, please contact the TPA office at (865) 584-5761.


TPA Foundation capital campaign:
Do you believe in the future of newspapers?

The Tennessee Press Association Foundation (TPAF) Board of Trustees has embarked on a capital campaign that will help set the tone for the future of newspapers across our state.

A lofty goal to raise $1,000,000 over the next five years has been set, and TPAF leaders have already received pledges of more than $100,000 toward the goal.

“I Believe” is the theme of our campaign to generate funds to advance our newspapers through the years to come. By being a part of this effort, you are showing that you believe in the future of newspapers.

As newspaper editors, publishers and owners, we should not only lead the charge in letting the nation know that newspapers aren’t dying, but also put our money where our mouths are by showing our dedication to the industry we all love.

For more information about the “I Believe” campaign, visit our website at www.tpafoundation.org, or contact the TPA office at (865) 584-5761.


Series of Public Notice Ads reinforces the importance of printed notice
The following public notice ads were adapted by Chattanooga Times Free Press from concept ads created by Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, and are available for all TPA members to use. All ads are half page ads.
Link to ads




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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