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Tennessee Press Association

Winter Convention
& Tennessee Collegiate Media Summit

February 4-6, 2015

Convention details
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Collegiate Summit website


Public Notice Week is Jan. 18-24

Tennessee Press Association has set Public Notice Week for January 18-24, 2015. The kit contains editorials, cartoons and ads that may be used by member newspapers to promote the importance of public notice. We encourage you to use the materials, and to produce your own editorials, during the designated week and throughout the year. Items from the previous year's kit are also available.









UT-TPA State Press Contests deadline Feb. 20 

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TPA Ideas Contest for Advertising & Circulation deadline Feb. 20 

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NEW FOR 2015:







TPA has a brand new logo

Thanks to all of the TPA members who submitted their vote to choose TPA's first new logo since the 1980s!

The winning design was created by Tessa Wildsmith, Tennessee Press Service Media Buyer. We also want to thank Shannon York, Creative Director of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, whose design was the runner-up.




TPA restores 50-Year Club honors

The Tennessee Press Association Board of Directors has restored the 50-Year Club and is seeking its first honorees since the program was stopped in the 1970s.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, during the Winter Convention, up to 12 industry associates, with 50 or more years of service will be inducted into the club during an evening banquet.

During its October meeting, the TPA Board approved the idea presented to them by the Press Institute & Winter Convention Committee. The nominee must still be active in the industry and have 50 years or more of service, regardless of the position held within the company. Self-nominations are encouraged.

TPA is seeking nominations for the class of 2015 honorees. The nomination form is available online at www.tnpress.com/forms/50YearClubNomination.pdf. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

According to TPA records, the 50-Year-Club was established to coincide with TPA’s 100th anniversary and recognition spanned from 1969-1971, with a total of 22 individuals being honored.


Joel Washburn is new president of Tennessee Press Association 

Joel Washburn, managing editor of The McKenzie Banner, is the newly elected president of the Tennessee Press Association. He was elected by the Board of Directors on September 12 to fill the unexpired term of Jason Taylor, who vacated the position when he assumed the position of president and publisher of the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger and regional president of the U.S. Community Publishing Group.

Washburn has served in various positions with TPA boards, including director of TPA, treasurer, and vice president of non-dailies. He also serves on the Tennessee Press Association Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is chairman of the Winter Convention and Press Institute, a position assigned to the vice-president.

Washburn is a native of McKenzie, Tennessee. He is general business manager for his family’s two community newspapers, The McKenzie Banner and Dresden Enterprise. Continue reading


2014 UT-TPA State Press Contests Awards presented July 11

First place winners in the 2014 UT-TPA State Press Contests. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography

Master List of Winners by Category 2014
Excel File with list of winners, captions and contributors 2014
Press Release 2014                      Slideshow of First Place Winners slideshow
Lists of winners in previous years

Photos from July 11 individual first place winners with Dr. Tonjanita Johnson

UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2014 Newspaper Contest Winners

NASHVILLE—Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers won top awards today in the Tennessee Press Association's 2014 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Jackson Sun, Elizabethton Star, the LaFollette Press and the Erwin Record won the top general excellence awards at the association's luncheon ceremonies held in Nashville. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories. continue reading


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


bjButch Jones named TPA's 2013
Headliner of the Year

NASHVILLE – UT Head Football Coach “Butch” Jones has been named the 2013 Tennessee Headliner of the Year in an inaugural award by the Tennessee Press Association (TPA) presented February 6 in Nashville.

The Tennessee Headliner of the Year Award recognizes a person (or group) who has brought the most positive headlines to the State of Tennessee over the course of the year.

Publishers and editors from across the state nominated those who they believed had contributed the most toward positive headlines. continue reading/full release and photos

Photo credit: Joel Washburn, The McKenzie Banner



Ads for newspaper promotion campaign available
Every TPA member publisher should have received a CD with ads promoting the newspaper industry. This campaign is titled, “Tennessee Newspapers: Turning the Page on the Future.”

Please continue to run these ads as you have space available.

Download/view the promotional ads

If you need a disk with all of the ads or want the ads designed for a billboard, please contact the TPA office at (865) 584-5761.



Series of Public Notice Ads reinforces the importance of printed notice
The following public notice ads were adapted by Chattanooga Times Free Press from concept ads created by Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, and are available for all TPA members to use. All ads are half page ads.
Link to ads




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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