Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Press Association has officially postponed the 2020 Summer Convention and has secured the new convention dates of September 24-25. The event is being planned in Pigeon Forge at the Music Road Resort, the originally contracted location.
The convention will host the Advertising/Circulation Conference, State Press Contests Awards (Editorial) and Ideas Contest Awards (Advertising/Circulation) and a day at Dollywood, but in a different order that originally was planned for June.
Dollywood is expected to be closed on Thursdays in September, so the picnic and day at Dollywood has been moved to Friday, Sept. 25.
The convention postponement has the benefit of a much lower hotel rate. The new rate is $129 plus tax, per night. Convention attendees may make reservations now by calling the hotel. However, TPA recommends that you wait until you receive your packet in July to make reservations. Convention registration information will be available on July 15.
TPA State Press Contests award winners will be notified of an award, but not placement in early June.
The tentative new convention schedule is as follows.
Thursday, September 24 (Schedule is tentative as of 4/13/20)
Noon Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. TPA Board of Directors Meeting & Concurrent business session
2:30 p.m. Tennessee Press Service Stockholders Meeting
3:00 p.m. TPA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. State Press Contests Awards Dinner
9:30 p.m. Post-banquet reception
Friday, September 25
8:30 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. Ad/Circ Conference
9:00 a.m. News/Editorial sessions (Until noon)
Noon Luncheon with Ideas Contest Awards Presentation
1:30 p.m. Ad/Circ Conference sessions (until 3:00)
5:00 p.m. Picnic dinner at Dollywood (Families and guests may go any
time that day, convention attendees can meet up when their
sessions end. Dollywood is open until 9:00 p.m.)
Watch tnpress.com in July for convention details. Contact Robyn Gentile with any convention questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.