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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.

Richardson is new TPA President

Daniel Richardson, publisher of the Carroll County News Leader and group publisher of the eastern division of Magic Valley Publishing Co., is the new president of the Tennessee Press Association.

Daniel Richardson TPA’s President for 2020-2021

He was elected on July 17 during the Concurrent TPA Board of Directors Meeting and Business Session.

Daniel is the youngest son of Dennis and Lisa Richardson, with Dennis having founded Magic Valley Publishing Co. in 1983. Daniel is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin. He resides in Camden with his wife, Lena, and three daughters. He is a member of the Camden Church of Christ and the Camden Rotary Club.

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

2019 Tennessee State Press Contests Winners announced July 18 in Chattanooga

UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2019 Newspaper Contest Winners

Newspaper publishers, editors, writers, and designers won top awards Thursday in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2019 newspaper contest cosponsored by UT. Excel file with winners, captions, judges’ comments and credits.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Johnson City Press, the Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville), the Hendersonville Standard, and the Gallatin News won the top general excellence awards in their respective divisions at the association’s lunch ceremony, held in Chattanooga. Points are awarded for each entry, and general excellence honors are based on the newspaper’s total points in their division.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Tennessean (Nashville) each won 11 first-place awards. The Johnson City Press received eight first-place awards and the Bristol Herald Courier received seven first-place awards.

Among the many stories from 2018 cited for excellent work, contest judges highlighted the Tennessean’s coverage of the Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee.

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 Gallatin News won three awards this year, one for each category.

UT has cosponsored the annual contest since 1940.

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 Texas Press Association judged 1,406 entries from 72 of the Tennessee Press Association’s 129 member newspapers.

Full results of the contest are available here.

CONTACT:

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

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

TN Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction set July 19

Three newspapermen have been selected for posthumous induction into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.

John M. Jones, III was the publisher of The Greeneville Sun and expanded the company into a family-owned group of eight Tennessee newspapers. He is widely considered the unofficial father of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Jones served as the president of TPA in 1962-63.

John L. Seigenthaler served as editor, publisher, chairman and CEO of The Tennessean. He was also the founding editorial director of USA Today. He was a mentor, civil rights advocate and a proponent of the First Amendment.

George T. Whitley was with The Covington Leader for nearly 57 years. He was named publisher in 1975 and served as that until retiring n 2003. He was a community leader, serving in various roles and also coached youth baseball. He was a leader in TPA as well and was one of only a few people to serve as president of the TPA, TPA Foundation and Tennessee Press Service.

The induction ceremony is being planned as a dinner on Friday, July 19, in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will be held in conjunction with the TPA Summer Convention at The Read House Hotel.

The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee. The Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally or who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and regions or the state through newspaper journalism.

The program recognizes and memorializes “extraordinary and clearly outstanding” contributions to newspaper journalism and the newspaper industry. The program’s criteria and procedures were established in 1966, based on policies set jointly by the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. The Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the Communications Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Portraits of all Hall of Fame inductees are displayed there.

The TPA Foundation maintains a website about the Hall of Fame with photos and inductee biographies at http://tpahof.businesscatalyst.com/.

The induction of Mr. Jones, Mr. Seigenthaler and Mr. Whitley will bring the total number of inductees to 60. Watch The Tennessee Press and www.tnpress.com for details on how to register to attend the induction ceremony or contact TPA at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105.

Grainger Today’s Wolfe wins TPA’s 2018 Public Notice Journalism Contest

Tracey Wolfe, editor of Grainger Today, has won the Tennessee Press Association’s 2018 Public Notice Journalism Contest.

Photo by Donn Jones Photography

The contest recognizes journalists that use public notice, or the lack of required public notice, to raise awareness of its importance.

The judge wrote, “Grainger Today and Editor Tracey Wolfe provide a textbook example of how public notices should be used on the news side of newspapers and why readers should appreciate them.”

The newspaper published a routine paid notice about plans by a business to get a state permit for a rock quarry. Wolfe wrote the news story for the top of Grainger Today’s Page 1 on Dec. 5, 2018.

That led to a Dec. 12 story about the Grainger County Commission public hearing, where residents complained about the threat to their drinking water quality and area lakes and the ultimate compliment by a citizen: “We heard about the quarry…it was in the paper,” one resident testified. “We’ve scrambled around … we want to know what it really means to us.”

All three pieces urged concerned readers to send their comments to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. 

Wolfe’s entry has been advanced to the national contest, which is administered by the Public Notice Resource Center.

Her TPA plaque and prize of $200 will be presented on July 18 as part of the TPA State Press Contests Awards luncheon in Chattanooga.

This competition marked the fourth year of the TPA Public Notice Journalism Contest.