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TPA members vote to allow free circulation newspapers
Results of the membership vote by ballot on amendments to the Tennessee Press Association’s Constitution and Bylaws were presented to the TPA Board of Directors on November 10. Seventy-four of TPA's 122 members returned ballots to the auditing firm.
The vote on amending the Constitution and Bylaws to allow qualified free newspapers that, by the determination of the board, have valid news content and audited distribution, as members of the Tennessee Press Association passed with 61 voting in favor and 13 against.
“The only constant in this world is change of which we can either harness or permit it to wash over us.” said TPA President Ron Fryar. “The vote to permit and actually invite free circulation newspapers into the association is indicative of that statement. With this vast majority vote by the membership, we are now following a course of our own choosing and are embracing change for the strength of all the newspapers in the state of Tennessee. I commend the drive and determination of the members involved not only with the Sustainability Committee, but also the Bylaws Review Committee.”
Eric Barnes, TPA vice president for dailies and chairman of the Bylaws Review Committee said, “It was great to see that the results of the vote were so overwhelming. Publishers clearly see that the time to change is now and that this change is a positive one for the health and future of the association."
The issue of whether or not to allow free circulation newspapers has been addressed at least three other times in the past 25 years, making the results of this vote historic for the Association.
TPA’s membership also voted to amend the Constitution and Bylaws to change the structure of the board of directors and to make the other proposed changes that were not related to the free circulation question. These amendments passed with 60 voting in favor and 14 against. The new structure will add a position of secretary, change the number of directors from 10 to nine and change the districts from which directors may be selected. Rather than having 10 districts, TPA will have three districts and three directors from each of those districts.
The Board of Directors expects to establish an application procedure and guidelines for free circulation newspapers at its next scheduled meeting on Feb. 21, 2017.
The implementation of the changes to the structure of the Board of Directors will be addressed by the Nominating Committee and presented for implementation at the conclusion of 2017 Summer Convention, scheduled July 20-21.
The Constitution and Bylaws document will be updated and distributed to each member newspaper along with the minutes of the Nov. 10 Board of Directors Meeting.
Keys to Open Government Guide available
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.
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