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Rev it Up!

Rev it Up! A virtual Revenue Summit for Advertising & Circulation staffs & Ideas Contest Awards Slideshow
Thursday, September 23, 2021 via Zoom

Free for TPA members.  Summit information Register

September 23 will feature an opportunity for all TPA members—a revenue summit for advertising and circulation professionals and the presentation of the 2021 Ideas Contest Awards. The event will be virtual via Zoom.

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 tnpress.com.

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.

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