TPA members should plan now for the Summer Convention, July 18-19, in Chattanooga.
The packed agenda includes the State Press Contests Awards Luncheon, Advertising/Circulation Conference, a reception and TPA Presidential installation at the Tennessee Aquarium and a Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Hall of Fame Induction
Selected for posthumous induction into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame are: John M. Jones III, who was publisher of The Greeneville Sun; John Seigenthaler, who was a former publisher of The Tennessean, Nashville and founding editorial director of USA Today; and George T. Whitley, longtime publisher of The Covington Leader and former TPA president. The ceremony will be held on Friday evening, July 19, to conclude the convention.
State Press Awards
The convention will begin at noon on Thursday with the presentation of the State Press Contests Awards. Winners will be notified of an award, but not placement, by May 24.
Convention registrants will be able to attend the reception at the Tennessee Aquarium, where TPA’s new president will be installed. Slated to be nominated for the 2019-20 TPA presidency is Chris Vass, public editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Friday will feature the Advertising/Circulation Conference and Ideas Contest Awards Luncheon, as well as sessions for the newsroom.
The convention will be held at The Read House Hotel, a luxury historic hotel in the heart of downtown. The hotel underwent renovations in 2018. TPA convention attendees may make reservations by contacting the hotel at (423) 266-4121. The convention rate is $159 plus tax per night. The hotel offers valet parking.
The convention schedule follows:
Thursday, July 18
Noon. State Press Contests Awards Luncheon
2:30 p.m. TPA Board of Directors Meeting & Concurrent Business Session
4:00 p.m. Newsroom Session
6:00 p.m. Reception and Presidential Installation at the Tennessee Aquarium (until 8:00 p.m.)
Friday, July 19
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Advertising Sessions
9:00 a.m. Circulation Sessions
9:00 a.m. Newsroom Sessions
Noon. Ad/Circ Ideas Contest Awards Luncheon|
1:30 p.m. TPS Stockholders
1:30 p.m. Ad Idea Exchange
1:30 p.m. Circulation Idea
2:00 p.m. TPA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
3:00 p.m. Ad/Circ sessions end
5:00 p.m. Reception|
6:00 p.m. Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Registration details will be available by May 17.