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Americans are facing an unprecedented threat, and the information you provide is saving lives. That story needs to be told.

The Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University  has developed a national campaign featuring a diverse group of Americans and this message about journalism: “Reliable Information When We Need it Most.” These ads have been configured for print and online, in multiple sizes and are available for immediate download athttps://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/page/1forall-gallery.

Ken Paulson, director of The Free Speech Center has also written a companion guest column you may want to use detailing how COVID-19 is threatening the future of newsgathering. The lead: Three handy tips for coping with COVID-19: Wash your hands frequently. Wear a mask outdoors. And subscribe to a local newspaper or website. The column can be found at https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/post/605/covid-19-takes-its-toll-on-local-news-coverage

House ads available

64 TPA members participated in the “We Are There With You” common theme page campaign
New theme-based house ads created for member use

We thank TPA President Chris Vass and Matt McClane, presentation editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, for designing the “We Are There With You” common page that was used the week of March 29. Mr. McClane designed the creative. At least sixty-four TPA members used the graphics and the material was also offered to newspapers in 11 other states.

House ads available
TPA has commissioned a series of ads based on the theme for your use. The ads are in 3 x 5 and 3 x 10 formats. Please feel free to download them, alter them and use as you see fit. Ads are based on these themes:

  • together we can build a stronger community
  • together we celebrate our heroes
  • together we protect or community
  • together we count our blessings
  • together we look to the future

Summer Convention postponed to Sept. 24-25, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Press Association has officially postponed the 2020 Summer Convention and has secured the new convention dates of September 24-25.  The event is being planned in Pigeon Forge at the Music Road Resort, the originally contracted location.  

The convention will host the Advertising/Circulation Conference, State Press Contests Awards (Editorial) and Ideas Contest Awards (Advertising/Circulation) and a day at Dollywood, but in a different order that originally was planned for June.    

Dollywood is expected to be closed on Thursdays in September, so the picnic and day at Dollywood has been moved to Friday, Sept. 25.  

The convention postponement has the benefit of a much lower hotel rate.  The new rate is $129 plus tax, per night.  Convention attendees may make reservations now by calling the hotel.  However, TPA recommends that you wait until you receive your packet in July to make reservations.  Convention registration information will be available on July 15. 

TPA State Press Contests award winners will be notified of an award, but not placement in early June.

The tentative new convention schedule is as follows.

Thursday, September 24 (Schedule is tentative as of 4/13/20)

Noon         Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. TPA Board of Directors Meeting & Concurrent business session
2:30 p.m. Tennessee Press Service Stockholders Meeting
3:00 p.m. TPA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. State Press Contests Awards Dinner
9:30 p.m. Post-banquet reception

Friday, September 25

8:30 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m.   Ad/Circ Conference
9:00 a.m.  News/Editorial sessions (Until noon)
Noon     Luncheon with Ideas Contest Awards Presentation
1:30 p.m.   Ad/Circ Conference sessions (until 3:00)
5:00 p.m.  Picnic dinner at Dollywood (Families and guests may go any
time that day, convention attendees can meet up when their
sessions end. Dollywood is open until 9:00 p.m.)

Watch tnpress.com in July for convention details.   Contact Robyn Gentile with any convention questions at rgentile@tnpress.com.