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TPA Ad/Circ Ideas Contest Awards announced on Sept. 25

The Tennessee Press Association announced the winners of the 2020 Ideas Contest (for Advertising &.Circulation) on Friday, September 25.

Grainger Today of Bean Station took the Best of Show award for its 2019 Tomato Festival special section.   The Paris Post-Intelligencer received the First Runner Up award for its black and white ad entry for the Southside Café. The Morgan County News received the Second Runner Up aware for its Back to School Time entry in marketing materials.

The farragutpress received the most awards at 36 with 16 of those being first places.  The Greeneville Sun received 22 awards and the Chattanooga Times Free Press received a total of 20 awards.

In all 517 entries from 26 TPA member newspapers were judged by members of the Georgia Press Association.

Link to the list of winners in excel: 


Link to the awards slideshow of winning images:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xgnCmxWukvVTqYzU_mUPMHO186WLrqE2/view?usp=sharing

Artie Wehenkel, advertising director of The Greeneville Sun and chairman of the TPA Advertising Committee, announced the awards during the virtual presentation.

Tennessee State Press Contests Awards announced

Website featuring winning entries: tnstatepresswinners.com

List of winners with captions and entry credits

Newspaper publishers, editors, writers, and designers won top awards today (Sept. 24, 2020) in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2020 newspaper contest cosponsored by UT, which has been a part of the annual event since 1940.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Johnson City Press, the Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville), the Knoxville Ledger, and the Hamilton County Herald (Chattanooga) won the top general excellence awards in their respective divisions at the association’s ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Points were awarded for each entry, and general excellence honors were based on the newspaper’s total points in their division.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Bristol Herald Courier each won 10 first-place awards. The Tennessean (Nashville) received eight first-place awards and the Knoxville Ledger received seven first-place awards.

Among the many stories from 2019 cited for excellent work, contest judges highlighted several papers for their coverage of the Sumner County slayings in April 2019, which left seven people dead and one injured.

As part of the annual contest, newspapers winning first-place awards in the categories of editorials, best single editorial, and public service received $250 prizes from UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation. The Tennessean won three awards this year, one for each category.

The Meeman Foundation was established in 1968 at UT to fund the contest, provide professional critiques of journalists’ work, and support journalism students and educators.

Reciprocal judging is done with another state’s association. This year, the Georgia Press Association judged 1,341 entries from 72 of the Tennessee Press Association’s 129 member newspapers.

Read the full results of the contest.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180, charles.primm@tennessee.edu)

Robyn Gentile (865-584-5761, rgentile@tnpress.com)