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Save the dates for the TPA Summer Convention
July 21-22 in Franklin

Advertising/Circulation Conference • State Press Contests Awards • Ideas Contest Awards

Convention details    Registration packet   Register Online   Hotel Reservation

Plan now to attend the TPA Summer Convention, July 21-22, at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tenn. This event is for publishers, editors, contests entrants, advertising and circulation personnel. Awards in the Ideas Contest and State Press Contests will be presented, along with educational sessions and membership meetings.

State Press Awards

Awards for the Tennessee State Press Contests, sponsored by the University of Tennessee and TPA, will be presented on Thursday, July 21 at an evening banquet. Winning newspapers will be notified in mid-May. Sessions for editorial staff will also be offered on Friday.(NOTE: Winning newspapers were notified of an award, but not placement, by letter on May 25.)

Ideas Contest/Advertising & Circulation

The 2015 Advertising & Circulation Ideas Contest Awards will be presented at the breakfast on Friday, July 22, followed by sessions for advertising and circulation personnel throughout the day.

Convention details


Proposed Bylaws changes to be presented July 21

DATE:         June 17, 2016
TO:              TPA Members
FROM:        Eric Barnes, Chairman, TPA Bylaws Review Committee
SUBJECT: Proposed changes to TPA Bylaws

In my more than 10 years of being involved with the Tennessee Press Association, few issues have been more controversial than the admission of free papers to our membership. Yet, during that same period, the newspaper landscape has shifted dramatically. The rise of digital readership combined with the terrible recession mean we need to reassess all that TPA does.

In doing so, it has become clear that the time is right to bring free papers with meaningful distribution and journalistic integrity into our association. Last year, TPA President Jack McElroy asked me to lead a task force to explore the issue. Members of the task force are: Eric Barnes, chairman, John Finney, Ron Fryar, Dave Gould, Daniel Richardson, Pauline Sherrer, Michael Williams and Jack McElroy, ex-officio.

We’ve concluded that we absolutely must increase our ranks to include free papers of merit. Growth will make us stronger, as an association, as an advertising network, and as a force at the legislature fighting for public records and public notice.

Attached (linked) are the proposed changes to the bylaws that would allow free circulation papers as members and a proposed restructuring of the TPA Board of Directors. Regarding the free papers, there are two key points I’d like to highlight here:

- The TPA Board of Directors will retain tight control over what papers are allowed to join. We are not interested in shoppers or “mugshot” papers joining TPA.

- Although dues for paid or free papers are not mentioned in the bylaws, our intention is to set the dues for free papers at the same level now given to paid papers.

Regarding the restructuring of the board, we’re simply proposing that we move from a board drawn from 10 very narrowly defined districts to 3 districts: West, Middle and East Tennessee. Such a change will, among other things, give more members an opportunity to join the board.

The Board will vote on these bylaws changes at the summer meeting, Thursday, July 21, at 1 p.m. CDT. An open discussion inclusive of the membership will occur during the meeting. If the board approves the changes, they will be sent to the full membership for a vote.

If you have comments, concerns or feedback of any kind, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Institute of Newspaper Technology to celebrate 20 years, Oct. 5-8
Limited number of scholarships available to TPA member newspapers

Thanks to a generous donation from TPA Foundation, TPA members are eligible for a $450 scholarship to reduce their registration fee from $595 to $145 per person. A limited number are available. To receive the scholarship, TPA members should register at: newspaperinstitute.com/tpa.html.

INT 2016 Class schedule

The 20th annual Institute of Newspaper Technology, also known in abbreviated form as INT OS 20.16, has been scheduled for Oct. 5-8 in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information.

Institute Director Kevin Slimp has put together an ambitious schedule of classes that is the most comprehensive in the event’s history, with nearly double the number of instructors from last year’s Institute scheduled to appear. There will also be an added emphasis in sales training.

“We even had to turn down ‘big name’ instructors who offered to be with us,” Slimp says. “The Institute has gained a very positive reputation in the industry, and leading thinkers and trainers want to be a part of that.

“We have new labs. We added classes for early arrivers on Wednesday afternoon. There will be a huge 20th Celebration on Friday night. Folks who haven’t been with us for years have told us they’ll be returning to celebrate the 20th with us.” continue reading


Keys to Open Government Guide available

Keys to Open Government

Keys to Open Government” a long-awaited 52-page guide to Tennessee’s open records and open meetings laws, was released in February 2015. (Download a copy of the PDF)

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
Notices must be posted on newspaper's website AND www.tnpublicnotice.com

 Details at tnpress.com/publicnoticelaw.html

Have a job opening?
Post your open positions and search for resumes in TPA's employment area at http://www.tnpress.com/employment.html.
Only authorized personnel from member newspapers can post jobs or review résumés. First time users will need to register with a user name and password. Once you complete your online registration, please contact Robyn Gentile, member services manager, for access—(865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or via e-mail.




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