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Schedule of events

DEADLINE: Friday, Dec. 29


Public Notice Journalism Contest 2017
Deadline: Dec. 29                      
The Tennessee Press Association is seeking entries for the 2017 Tennessee Public Notice Journalism Contest. The contest recognizes journalists that use public notice, or the lack of required public notice, to raise awareness of its importance. The award is intended to encourage reporters and editors to incorporate public notices into their reporting and writing.
Criteria for the award mirrors that of the national Public Notice Journalism Contest administered annually by the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC.) The winner of the Tennessee Public Notice Journalism Contest will be advanced to the national contest automatically. TPA is a member of the PNRC.

Victor Parkins, of The Mirror-Exchange of Milan, was the 2016 winner for his coverage from a Nov. 22 advertisement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing its ruling that Milan Health Care was then out of compliance of requirements established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The annual award is given to a TPA member newspaper journalist, or team of journalists, that utilizes public notices to generate stories of interest or importance to readers.

Prize: A prize of $200 will be awarded to the winning journalist or divided among a team of winning journalists. There is a $700 prize available to the winner of the national contest.
Criteria and entry information are available at www.tnpress.com/public_notice_
  Entries are due to Tennessee Press Association no later than Dec. 29, 2017.


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.


Tennessee Press Service marks 70th Anniversary
By Mike Towle, The Tennessee Press

When the Tennessee Press Service (TPS) was launched in 1947 as the business affiliate of the Tennessee Press Association, Harry S. Truman was president of the U.S., and TPS was seeking its first dollar of incremental national-advertising revenue to disburse to its member newspapers.

TPS has come a long way since as it now celebrates its 70th anniversary of existence. While America has gone from a Truman to a Trump in the White House, the TPS has gone from empty coffers to an organization that has now generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for TPA member newspapers.

“Our mission is to promote all TPA member newspapers when quoting to agencies and clients. They utilize us as a convenience to place ads in multiple newspapers,” TPS General Manager David S. Wells said. “In 70 years TPS has generated more than $150 million in revenue for TPA member newspapers, and we hope to continue to provide that service along with new streams of revenue in the future.” continue reading


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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