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Winter Convention Feb. 21-22

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Discounted registration deadline: Feb. 10

TPA’s Winter Convention’s structure changed and Government Affairs is now the focus of the Winter
Convention. We will also be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. TPA asks every member publisher to plan to attend the Tuesday Opening Reception, to which all legislators will be invited. The concluding event will be a luncheon on Wednesday to which Governor Bill Haslam is invited to address attendees. The abbreviated schedule will make it such that most attendees will need only one night of lodging. Convention information


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Save the dates for 2017 Summer Convention for advertising, circulation, newsroom personnel

Budget now for the 2017 TPA Summer Convention set July 20-21 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The program will feature the State Press Contests Awards Banquet on Thursday and the Advertising/Circulation Conference on Friday. Details will be available in May. The convention hotel rate is $144 plus tax, per night.


TPA members vote to allow free circulation newspapers
Board structure will also change

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

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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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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