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TPA/TPS have moved! Our new address effective Aug. 18 is:
412 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Suite 403, Knoxville, TN 37923
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Statement of Ownership deadline is Oct. 1
Publishers and editors of all periodicals, including newspapers, are reminded that their annual Statements of Ownership must be filed with the United States Postal Service by Oct. 1. The statements must also be published in the newspaper. Dailies must publish the annual statement by Oct. 10, and the deadline for publishing for non-dailies is Oct. 31. The two-page form is called P.S. Form 3526-R Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation. Failure to file or publish a statement of ownership may lead to suspension of periodicals authorization. The PDF for the form can be downloaded at http:// about.usps.com/forms/ps3526.pdf.


National Newspaper Week is Oct. 2-8, materials available to TPA members

“Way to Know!" is the theme of the 2016 National Newspaper Week (NNW), which is set for Oct. 2-8. This marks the 76th year of the Week, which observes the importance of newspapers to communities large and small. The preparation of the kit is an annual project of the Newspaper Association Managers.

TPA sponsors the kit for all members to use. It is available for download at http://www.nationalnewspaperweek.com. You are encouraged to use any of the materials and to also editorialize locally about how your newspaper is relevant to your community. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, providing timely public notices, etc



TPA Ballot on proposed bylaws changes to arrive at newspaper offices by Sept. 30
The TPA Board of Directors voted on July 21, 2016 at its regularly scheduled meeting and concurrent business session, and following adequate notice to membership as well as a discussion inclusive of the full membership, to send proposed changes to the TPA Constitution and Bylaws to the full membership for a vote by ballot. The ballot has been mailed to each member newspaper's office this week to arrive by Friday, Sept. 30.

The Bylaws Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, hereby proposes amending the TPA Constitution and Bylaws as follows on the linked marked up copy. To 1.) allow qualified free newspapers that, by the determination of the board, have valid news content and audited distribution as members of the TPA and 2.) to change the structure of the Board of Directors, plus other updates to the Constitution and Bylaws as indicated. continue reading and view related materials


Advertising judges needed for Mississippi Contest online in October
Tennessee Press Association needs your help to judge the Mississippi Press Association's advertising contest online in October. Please, if you participated in TPA's Advertising & Circulation Ideas Contest, we ask that you provide a judge for the MPA contests. Even if you did not enter the contest, judging is a way to glean some new ideas.

Sign up to judge at http://tinyurl.com/JudgesforMississippi or send an email to rgentile@tnpress.com. If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Gentile, Tennessee Press Association, (865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or rgentile@tnpress.com.


Deadline Oct. 31 for Hall of Fame Nominations
The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to Tennessee newspaper journalism or who have made an extraordinary contribution to their communities and region, or the state, through newspaper journalism. Nominations for the Hall of Fame are being accepted through Oct. 31, 2016, to be considered for induction in 2017.

Fifty-five honorees have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of TPA and the University of Tennessee. All inductions are made posthumously. Information about the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame, biographical sketches of the honorees and nomination information can be found at www.tnpress.com/halloffame.html. All nominees must be deceased five or more years prior to the nomination.

A selection committee comprised of five TPA past presidents will review nominations and announce whether an induction ceremony will be held in 2017. An extensive renovation to the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame gallery in the Communications Building of the University of Tennessee took place in 2014-15. The newly renovated interactive Hall of Fame is capable of including photos, videos and other historical material on each of the inductees. Association officials encourage those submitting nominations to consider including as much material about the nominee as possible. Materials may be submitted electronically by contacting TPA headquarters.


TPA Announces Officers for 2016-2017, Ron Fryar is new president

W.R. (Ron) Fryar, owner and publisher of the Cannon Courier of Woodbury, is the new president of the Tennessee Press Association (TPA). TPA is the trade association of the state’s daily and non-daily newspapers. It is composed of 26 daily newspapers and 96 non-daily newspapers. Fryar succeeds Jack McElroy, editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Other officers elected at TPA’s Business Session during the annual Summer Convention, July 21-22, in Franklin were Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News, Memphis, re-elected vice president for daily newspapers; Doug Horne, owner of The Courier News, Clinton, elected vice president for non-daily newspapers; and John Finney, vice president of the Buffalo River Review, Linden, re-elected treasurer.

Directors elected for two-year terms are Carl Esposito, publisher of The Daily Times, Maryville, director of District 2; Jack McNeely, publisher of the Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, director of District 4; Carol Daniels, publisher of The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, director of District 6; Joe Hurd, publisher of The Courier, Savannah, director of District 8 and Daniel Richardson, regional manager of Magic Valley Publishing, director of District 10.

2016 State Press Contests Awards presented July 21

Representing winning newspapers at the 2016 State Press Contests Awards Banquet, July 21 in Franklin, Tenn. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography

Master List of Winners by Category 2016
Excel File with list of winners, captions and contributors 2016
Press Release 2016                          
 Lists of winners in previous years

Photos from July 21, 2016 Photos of individual first place winners with Dr. Keith Carver, executive assistant to UT System President Dr. Joe DiPietro

UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2016 Newspaper Contest Winners

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers won top awards in the Tennessee Press Association's 2016 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Jackson Sun, the Lebanon Democrat, the Standard Banner (Jefferson City) and the Portland Leader won the top general excellence awards at the association's dinner ceremony, held in Franklin. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories.

Awards highlights:

This marks the seventh year in a row that the Jackson Sun has won the general excellence award and the third year in a row that the Chattanooga Times Free Press has won the award in its category.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press received 10 first-place awards in the category of newspapers with a combined weekly circulation of more than 200,000.

The Jackson Sun captured six first-place awards in the category of newspapers with a combined weekly circulation between 50,001 and 200,000.

As part of the annual contest, UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation honors newspapers with $250 awards in the categories of editorials, best single editorial and public service. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) swept all three Meeman Awards for newspapers in its circulation group. The News-Herald (Lenoir City) won the top award for editorials and best single editorial in its circulation category.

The Meeman Foundation was established in 1968 at UT to fund the contests, provide professional critiques of journalists' work, and support journalism students and faculty.

The Mississippi Press Association judged a total of 1,360 entries from 73 of the association's 122 member newspapers. UT has co-sponsored the annual contest since 1940.


Ideas Contest 2016 Winners  

Representing the winners of the 2016 Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest on Friday, July 22 in Franklin

The Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest is an annual competition for advertising and circulation departments. The awards are presented during the TPA Summer Convention.

2016 Ideas Contest list of winners

2016 Best of Show winner—Chattanooga Times Free Press for "Our 5 Brave Heroes"










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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