News

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.

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 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

Public Notice Journalism Contest Deadline Dec. 31

https://tnpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Public_Notice_Contest2019.pdf

The Tennessee Public Notice Journalism Contest is administered by Tennessee Press Association and recognizes journalists that use public notice, or the lack of required public notice, to raise awareness of its importance.  The award is intended to encourage reporters and editors to incorporate public notices into their reporting and writing.

Criteria for the award mirrors that of the national Public Notice Journalism Contest administered annually by the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC.)  The winner of the Tennessee Public Notice Journalism Contest will be advanced to the national contest automatically.  Tennessee Press Association is a member of the PNRC.  Judges for the contest will be recognized journalism scholars or professionals.

PRIZE:

The annual award is given to a Tennessee Press Association member newspaper journalist, or team of journalists, for utilizing public notices to generate stories of interest or importance to readers.  A prize of $200 will be awarded to the winning journalist or divided among a team of winning journalists.  There is a $700 prize available to the winner of the national PNRC Contest.  

CRITERIA:

• One award will be announced in January 2020 for a story published in calendar year 2019.

• For purposes of this contest, newspaper public notices are defined as those announcements or disclosures that are statutorily required by a private party or governmental entity, and which must be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

• Submissions must be a news or feature story that involves a public notice or lack of notice. No editorials.

• Stories must cite the public notice requirement and refer readers to the publication in which it appeared.  Online references must include links.  If public notice requirements were not met or were deficient, the story must explain how and why the notice was deficient.

• Stories must have been originally published in print.  Clippings may be scanned  or a PDF and must include the date, and must be submitted as a PDF file. 

SUBMIT ENTRIES VIA EMAIL TO: info@tnpress.com

Entries are due to Tennessee Press Association via email to: rgentile@tnpress.com.  You will receive an acknowledgement via email.

DEADLINE:  

The deadline to submit entries is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.   

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)