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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
Phones, faxes and emails remain the same.


Institute of Newspaper Technology to celebrate 20 years, Oct. 5-8
Limited number of scholarships available to TPA member newspapers

Thanks to a generous donation from TPA Foundation, TPA members are eligible for a $450 scholarship to reduce their registration fee from $595 to $145 per person. A limited number are available. To receive the scholarship, TPA members should register at: newspaperinstitute.com/tpa.html.

INT 2016 Class schedule

The 20th annual Institute of Newspaper Technology, also known in abbreviated form as INT OS 20.16, has been scheduled for Oct. 5-8 in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information.

Institute Director Kevin Slimp has put together an ambitious schedule of classes that is the most comprehensive in the event’s history, with nearly double the number of instructors from last year’s Institute scheduled to appear. There will also be an added emphasis in sales training.

“We even had to turn down ‘big name’ instructors who offered to be with us,” Slimp says. “The Institute has gained a very positive reputation in the industry, and leading thinkers and trainers want to be a part of that.

“We have new labs. We added classes for early arrivers on Wednesday afternoon. There will be a huge 20th Celebration on Friday night. Folks who haven’t been with us for years have told us they’ll be returning to celebrate the 20th with us.” continue reading


TPA Announces Officers for 2016-2017
Ron Fryar is TPA’s 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. download Ron Fryar high-res photo

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

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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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