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50-Year Club nominations window open for July induction
The Tennessee Press Association seeks nominations to recognize individuals with 50 or more years of service to the newspaper industry by inducting them into the 50-Year Club during the TPA Summer Convention on July 22 in Franklin.

Up to 12 industry associates with 50 or more years of service will be inducted into the Club during the luncheon. Nominees must still be active in the industry and have 50 years or more of service, regardless of the position held within the newspaper. The fifty year total may include work in other states.

Honorees will receive a 50-Year Club plaque and their stories will be told in a special publication in The Tennessee Press.

The nomination form is available online at
www.tnpress.com/forms/50YearClubNomination.pdf. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2016 class is Monday, May 2.

According to TPA records, the 50-Year-Club was established to coincide with TPA’s 100th anniversary and recognition spanned from 1969-1971. The honors were restored by the Board of Directors in 2014 with the most recent induction in February 2015.


Westmoreland News is TPA's newest member
The Westmoreland News, a weekly newspaper in publication since 2012, is the TPA’s newest member. The application was approved by the Board of Directors at the Jan. 27 meeting.

The Westmoreland News publishes on Thursdays, has a paid circulation of 1,207 and is located in Sumner County.

Principal contacts at the newspaper are Creigh Hall, publisher; Stacey Morgan, editor; and Maryann Rigney, advertising manager.

Its address is P.O. Box 239, Westmoreland, TN 37186, Telephone: 615-644-5000.
Website: thewestmorelandnews.wordpress.com.
The TPA now has 122 members, of which 96 are non-daily and 26 are daily publications



Greeneville Sun’s Little wins TPA and national Public Notice Journalism Prizes

Kenneth Little, staff writer for the Greeneville (TN) Sun, has won the 2016 Public Notice Journalism Prize for coverage of a nursing home in Limestone, TN, whose Medicare/ Medicaid coverage was revoked by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The story followed publication of an official newspaper notice by HHS in the Sun noting “deficiencies” by the hospital.

The national award will be presented March 17 by the Public Notice Resource Center at the National Press Club in Washington DC in conjunction with National Newspaper Association’s Community Newspaper Leadership Summit. Little and his publisher, Gregg Jones, will be present to receive the prize.

Little’s story was submitted by Tennessee Press Association, which also recognized the coverage as the winner of its 2015 Public Notice Journalism Contest. continue reading


Trexler appointed Contests Chairman
Frank (Buzz) Trexler, editor of The Daily Times, Maryville, is the new chairman of the TPA Contests Committee. The committee is responsible for improvements to the Tennessee State Press Contests.

Trexler was appointed to the post by TPA President Jack McElroy.

Any TPA member wishing to join the committee, or make contests recommendations, may contact Trexler at (865) 981-1100 or frank.trexler@thedailytimes.com.


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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