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2024 State Press Contests announced, deadline Friday, March 8

TPA State Press Contests portal to open Jan. 29, deadline Friday, March 8

The entry rules are now available and the entry portal is being prepared for the 2024 University of Tennessee System—Tennessee Press Association Tennessee State Press Contests.  All entries will be entered by PDF or URL links. The portal will open on Jan. 29.

The TPA Board of Directors voted in November to again freeze the contests competition divisions for 2024 so that each newspaper submitting entries will be placed in the same circulation division it was for the 2022 and 2023 contests.  

The Divisions are based on 2021 circulation data as follows:

  Group One—Non-Dailies under 3,000 total weekly print circulation

  Group Two—Non-Dailies with a combined total weekly print circulation of 3,000 to 7,999

  Group Three—Mixed: Non-dailies with a total weekly print circulation above 7,999 and dailies under 19,999.

  Group Four—Dailies with a combined total weekly print circulation of 20,000 to 149,999

  Group Five—Dailies with a combined total weekly print circulation of 150,000 and above

The total weekly print circulation is calculated by multiplying the 2021 circulation by the number of publication days.  Online news sites will compete in Group Four, unless they choose to compete up in Group Five.

The deadline to enter the 2024 State Press Contests is Friday, March 8, 2024.