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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. 

Ideas (Ad & Circ) Contest deadline extended to Feb. 20

NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED 
A system glitch caused issues for more than an hour on Friday afternoon. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 20.
Show off your best advertising and circulation ideas by entering the 2019 TPA Ideas Contest! Entry/rules brochure

Here are better instructions for accessing the system.  The ones in our rules brochure had an error so here is how you actually sign in.  People can call me all day with questions at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105.

• Please go to:   betterbnc.com

• Click on contestant login in the top middle of the screen

• Scroll down to 2019 Ideas Contest on the left and scroll down to your newspaper on the right

• Enter your password:  Ideas19

• The system will send a validation email to whatever email is listed with the account so be sure to check the account info and make any changes.  The validation email often goes to spam, so please check your spam folder if you don’t immediately receive the validation email.

Rules change for Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame, deadline for nominations is Oct. 31

The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Administrative Committee voted on Oct. 16 to change one of the requirements for nominations.   Previously, a nominee must have been deceased for five years before a nomination could be made.  The new rule changes the requirement to two years.    Nomination form

Hall of Fame Website with list of the 57 inductees

Nomination materials may be submitted electronically by contacting TPA headquarters at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or rgentile@tnpress.com.

Members change TPA Constitution, Daniels appointed executive director

Members vote to change the TPA Constitution & Bylaws
Carol Daniels appointed as TPA’s executive director

Results of the membership vote on whether or not to remove Article VII, Section 6 of the TPA Constitution were presented to the Board of Directors on July 12. The membership voted to change the TPA Constitution and the following has been removed from the document.

Removed July 12, 2018—“Section 6. No employee may have when employed or acquire while employed any ownership of any media property or a company which owns any media property, including stock ownership. This provision shall also apply to the spouse or dependent children of any employee. 
“However any present employee or potential employee may continue to own or commence employment even if they hold interest as heretofore prohibited provided they present a plan of divestiture of such interest which is approved by the Board of Directors.”

The changes made it possible for the Board of Directors to appoint Carol Daniels as executive director of TPA. She had been serving as the functional equivalent through TPA’s contract with Tennessee Press Service, which allows TPS to provide operational oversight, management and government relations services for the Association.