Ideas Contest call for entries

TPA is calling for entries in the 2022 Ideas Contest for advertising and circulation departments. The contest has been revised and digital categories have been added. There are now 41 categories in the contest. The Ideas Contest deadline is Friday, March 18, 2022. Download the contests rules brochure.

2021 Ideas Contest winners announced

The Tennessee Press Association (TPA) announced the 2021 Ideas Contest awards on Thursday, Sept. 23 during the virtual Revenue Summit for newspaper advertising and circulation staff members.

There were 544 entries from 28 newspapers in the 2021 contest, which has four circulation divisions and 30 categories.   TPA partnered with the New Jersey Press Association for the judging, which resulted in 204 winning entries.

The 2021 Ideas Contest Best of Show was awarded to the Johnson City Press for its niche publication for the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, “Explore Washington County.”

The First Runner-up was awarded to the  Chattanooga Times Free Press for its multi-color ad for “Your Fall Break Destination…Chattanooga.”

The Second-Runner-up was awarded to the Pulaski Citizen for its multi-color ad for “King B Farm Weddings.”

The newspaper with the most awards is the farragutpress with 24 awards, followed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press with 23 and The Greeneville Sun with 22 awards.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Link to the list of winners with captions and some judges’ comments:

Link to the Slideshow of the 2021 Ideas Contest Winners (94 megabyte PDF please be patient while it loads):

Link to the Best of Show winner PDF:

State Press Award winners announced Aug. 27

List of winners in excel file
(Note, this file may not have some corrections to contributors that were submitted.)

Tennessee newspaper excellence was recognized with awards in the 2021 University of Tennessee (UT)-Tennessee Press Association (TPA) State Press Contests presented at a luncheon on Friday, August 27, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel.   Sixty-nine TPA member newspapers have won at least one award in the Contests.

UT has co-sponsored the State Press Contests since 1940 by providing the plaques, certificates and coordination of the awards presentation. A UT official will present the awards. Event details and registration information are available at

Members of the New Jersey Press Association judged the State Press Contests this year.  TPA members judged the New Jersey Press contest as part of the associations’ reciprocal agreement.  There were 79 newspapers that entered the contests with 1,208 total entries.

2020 Summer Convention canceled

The TPA Board of Directors voted on July 17 to cancel the Sept. 24-25 convention that was to be held in Pigeon Forge.  The State Press Contests Awards presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The Advertising and Circulation Ideas Contest Awards will be presented virtually on Friday, September 25.  TPA will be working to set up some webinars on topics for the newsroom, advertising and circulation.

Protect Freedom of the Press

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 at

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

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