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Newspaper Institute Oct. 5-7
Scholarships available for TPA members

On the heels of a 2016 event that saw its largest group of attendees in its 20-year history, the Newspaper Institute (NI) scheduled for Oct. 5-7, 2017 in Knoxville, promises to be even bigger and better.

“This is going to be a really special session of the Institute. We’ve officially adopted the name ‘Newspaper Institute,’” said Kevin Slimp, NI director. “With the added emphasis on sales, editing, writing, design, photography and other areas in addition to technology, ‘Newspaper Institute’ is a better indication of who we are.

“We took the (2016) evaluations of attendees seriously and scheduled speakers and topics to meet their requests. New classes are the norm on the 2017 schedule.”

Some of those new classes that will be on tap in October are:
• Creating Niche Publications
• InCopy Editorial Workflow, from Scratch
• Sales: Communicating Between Newspaper Departments
• Lessons from Newspapers Who Focus on Print
• Creating a Citizen-Centric News Organization
• Veteran’s Roundtable -- Spend Time with the Experts
• Getting People to Pick Up Your Paper
• Website Design; Learning to Create Websites in Adobe Muse
• Critiquing Your Pages and Photos
• Creating Scripts for Adobe InDesign

The usual classes (with new information) in InDesign, Photoshop and other software applications will be offered.

TPAF scholarships are available for TPA members who attend the Institute. This reduces the cost of registration from $595 to $145. Last year, all 24 scholarships were used. TPA members can register at the reduced rate, taking advantage of the TPAF scholarship at newspaperinstitute.com/tpa.html.


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.

2017 Best of Show winner:
Pulaski Citizen for "It's That Time Again"









Daniels assumes new role as TPS executive vice president
“I’m very pleased to announce that Carol Goss-Daniels has been hired as the new executive vice president of the Tennessee Press Service (TPS),” said Dave Gould, president of TPS.

“In her new role, Carol will lobby on behalf of our newspapers, lead the TPS ad sales efforts and oversee the staff.”

The Tennessee Press Association has contracted with TPS for TPS to provide government relations services, lobbying, management and oversight on behalf of the Association. Daniels will fill these roles.

Daniels has a strong background in newspapers, serving most recently as general manager of the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. Board members were impressed with Daniels’ experience, ideas and enthusiasm.

“Newspapers continue to play a vital role in their communities, as government watchdogs, community builders and sustainers, and touchstones that help readers and their families stay connected to what is important to them and to the places they live,” Daniels said. "I am excited to work with the 125 newspaper members of the Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee Press Service to fulfill their mission and make their businesses stronger.”

She officially began in her new position on July 24 and can be reached at (865) 584-5761, ext. 112



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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