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Public Notice Journalism Contest, deadline Dec. 30
The annual award is given to a TPA member newspaper journalist, or team of journalists, that utilizes 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. continuation
Results of the membership vote by ballot on amendments to the Tennessee Press Association’s Constitution and Bylaws were presented to the TPA Board of Directors on November 10. Seventy-four of TPA's 122 members returned ballots to the auditing firm.
The vote on amending the Constitution and Bylaws to allow qualified free newspapers that, by the determination of the board, have valid news content and audited distribution, as members of the Tennessee Press Association passed with 61 voting in favor and 13 against.
“The only constant in this world is change of which we can either harness or permit it to wash over us.” said TPA President Ron Fryar. “The vote to permit and actually invite free circulation newspapers into the association is indicative of that statement. With this vast majority vote by the membership, we are now following a course of our own choosing and are embracing change for the strength of all the newspapers in the state of Tennessee. I commend the drive and determination of the members involved not only with the Sustainability Committee, but also the Bylaws Review Committee.”
Eric Barnes, TPA vice president for dailies and chairman of the Bylaws Review Committee said, “It was great to see that the results of the vote were so overwhelming. Publishers clearly see that the time to change is now and that this change is a positive one for the health and future of the association."
The issue of whether or not to allow free circulation newspapers has been addressed at least three other times in the past 25 years, making the results of this vote historic for the Association.
TPA’s membership also voted to amend the Constitution and Bylaws to change the structure of the board of directors and to make the other proposed changes that were not related to the free circulation question. These amendments passed with 60 voting in favor and 14 against. The new structure will add a position of secretary, change the number of directors from 10 to nine and change the districts from which directors may be selected. Rather than having 10 districts, TPA will have three districts and three directors from each of those districts.
The Board of Directors expects to establish an application procedure and guidelines for free circulation newspapers at its next scheduled meeting on Feb. 21, 2017.
The implementation of the changes to the structure of the Board of Directors will be addressed by the Nominating Committee and presented for implementation at the conclusion of 2017 Summer Convention, scheduled July 20-21.
The Constitution and Bylaws document will be updated and distributed to each member newspaper along with the minutes of the Nov. 10 Board of Directors Meeting.
Winter Convention set Feb. 21-22
TPA’s Winter Convention will focus on business and government affairs and will return to the DoubleTree on Fourth Avenue in downtown Nashville,Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The opening reception, to which legislators are invited, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Board approved a change to having the event on Tuesday to encourage more attendance by legislators.
The convention kicks off Tuesday with a Government Affairs Committee meeting at 12:30, followed by the Board of Directors and Concurrent Business Session at 1:45 p.m. and the TPA Foundation Board of Trustees at 3:30 p.m. The reception is scheduled 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday morning will feature sessions and the event will conclude with the luncheon, to which Governor Haslam has been invited to speak.
TPA members may make hotel reservations directly with the DoubleTree by calling (800) 222-8733. The TPA rate is $179 plus tax and parking per night. Watch your mail, email and tnpress.com for registration information. The form will be available Dec. 14.
Save the dates for 2017 Summer Convention for advertising, circulation, newsroom personnel
2017 Contests deadlines set—Feb. 10 for both State Press and Ideas Contest
TPA Announces Officers for 2016-2017, Ron Fryar is new president
W.R. (Ron) Fryar, owner and publisher of the Cannon Courier of Woodbury, is the new president of the Tennessee Press Association (TPA). TPA is the trade association of the state’s daily and non-daily newspapers. It is composed of 26 daily newspapers and 96 non-daily newspapers. Fryar succeeds Jack McElroy, editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Other officers elected at TPA’s Business Session during the annual Summer Convention, July 21-22, in Franklin were Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News, Memphis, re-elected vice president for daily newspapers; Doug Horne, owner of The Courier News, Clinton, elected vice president for non-daily newspapers; and John Finney, vice president of the Buffalo River Review, Linden, re-elected treasurer.
Directors elected for two-year terms are Carl Esposito, publisher of The Daily Times, Maryville, director of District 2; Jack McNeely, publisher of the Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, director of District 4; Carol Daniels, publisher of The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, director of District 6; Joe Hurd, publisher of The Courier, Savannah, director of District 8 and Daniel Richardson, regional manager of Magic Valley Publishing, director of District 10.
2016 State Press Contests Awards presented July 21
Representing winning newspapers at the 2016 State Press Contests Awards Banquet, July 21 in Franklin, Tenn. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2016 Newspaper Contest Winners
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers won top awards in the Tennessee Press Association's 2016 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Jackson Sun, the Lebanon Democrat, the Standard Banner (Jefferson City) and the Portland Leader won the top general excellence awards at the association's dinner ceremony, held in Franklin. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories.
This marks the seventh year in a row that the Jackson Sun has won the general excellence award and the third year in a row that the Chattanooga Times Free Press has won the award in its category.
The Meeman Foundation was established in 1968 at UT to fund the contests, provide professional critiques of journalists' work, and support journalism students and faculty.
The Mississippi Press Association judged a total of 1,360 entries from 73 of the association's 122 member newspapers. UT has co-sponsored the annual contest since 1940.
Ideas Contest 2016 Winners
The Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest is an annual competition for advertising and circulation departments. The awards are presented during the TPA Summer Convention.
2016 Best of Show winner—Chattanooga Times Free Press for "Our 5 Brave Heroes"
Keys to Open Government Guide available
Written by Frank Gibson, TPA Public Policy Director, and edited by colleague Deborah Fisher at the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, “Keys” is a guide we hope will help journalists and citizens use “the law.” The guide was made possible with a grant from the Tennessee Press Association Foundation.
Newspapers must comply with Public Notice Law
Details at tnpress.com/publicnoticelaw.html
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