The Tennessee State Press Contests are for newsrooms of TPA member newspapers in good standing. The system will be ready to accept entries on Jan. 17. The Deadline is Feb. 21. Download the 2020 State Press Contests Rules and Entry information.
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.
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.
• 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: email@example.com
Entries are due to Tennessee Press Association via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an acknowledgement via email.
The deadline to submit entries is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.
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.
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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.
Tracey Wolfe, editor of Grainger Today, has won the Tennessee Press Association’s 2018 Public Notice Journalism Contest.
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.
Amanda Hill Bond, editor and publisher of the Pickett County Press, has been appointed to serve as a TPA director of District Two by TPA President Doug Horne. Her appointment was effective March 15, and the term expires at the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Convention. Bond was appointed to fill the unexpired term of William Mitchell, who retired at the end of March.
Begin working on your 2019 State Press Contests entry now. The contest deadlines Feb. 22. Rules/entry information
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.