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Please note our new address as of April 16:
625 Market Street, Suite 1100
Knoxville, TN 37902


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Plan to attend the
TPA Summer Convention
July 16-17 in Knoxville

State Press Contests Awards & Ad/Circ Conference included

TPA has combined the Advertising & Circulation Conference, Summer Convention, and State Press Awards into one event. Convention registration information will be available on May 15. The convention will include:

75th Anniversary State Press Contests Awards 6:00 p.m. Thursday. In addition to the State Press Contests awards, editorial staffers can register to attend editorial sessions on Friday.

Advertising & Circulation Ideas Contest Awards will be presented at the breakfast on Friday, July 17, followed by sessions for advertising and circulation personnel throughout the day.

TPA/TPS/TPAF Business—The TPA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday afternoon, followed by the TPA Business Session, the Tennessee Press Service Annual Stockholders’ Meeting and the Tennessee Press Association Foundation Board of Trustees.

Presidential Installation—Jack McElroy, Editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, currently serving as TPA Vice President for Daily Newspapers, is slated to be installed as TPA’s new president at the Friday luncheon.

• Reception at the renovated Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame—join us for the reception Friday evening to experience the newly renovated Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Gallery.


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.



Save the date for the Third Annual
War Golf Tournament
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at
Fairvue Plantation Golf & Country Club
Gallatin, Tenn.

We need Tennessee players to commit to take on the folks from
Kentucky and bring the trophy to Tennessee!
Proceeds from the Tournament benefit the Tennessee Press Association Foundation and the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. Registration & details


Dolly Parton named TPA's 2014
Headliner of the Year

NASHVILLE – Singer/Songwriter Dolly Parton has been named the 2014 Tennessee Headliner of the Year. The second annual award was presented by the Tennessee Press Association (TPA) February 6 in Nashville.

Link to the video of Dolly Parton's acceptance of the 2014 TPA Headliner of the Year Award

The Tennessee Headliner of the Year award recognizes the person or group that has generated the most positive press within the state over the course of the past year.

Publishers and editors of TPA member newspapers were encouraged to submit nominations for people who drove lots of positive press in 2014, and the Board of Directors made the final selection from among those nominations and announced the recipient in December.

The 2014 recipient is certainly one of the most widely recognized daughters of Tennessee. She is instantly recognized around the globe for her amazing talent, impressive rise to fame from her East Tennessee mountain beginnings, and of course her ongoing philanthropy. She pioneered a program right here in the Volunteer State that places a book in the homes of children beginning right at birth, and carries through each month until the time the child enters school -- all at no cost to the families that participate. This wonderful introduction to reading and the printed word has expanded throughout the country and beyond, and Newspapers were thrilled to help drive new parents to sign up for the program in 2004 when it was still just a pilot project.

News about her signature program, dubbed The Imagination Library, is one of the main reasons that this year's recipient of the Tennessee Headliner of the Year Award garnered so many positive headlines across our state.

Jeff Conyers, executive director of the Dollywood Foundation, accepted the award on her behalf. Parton provided a video-recorded acceptance.


Tennessee Press Association Winter Convention
& Tennessee Collegiate Media Summit Feb. 4-6

Slideshow or order photos online


TPA inducts 15 into 50-Year Club

2015 TPA 50-Year Club Inductees:
Seated: John Molley, Dean Stone, Joe Officer, Shirley Nanney, Danny Jones, Elizabeth Blackstone representing her father, Sam D. Kennedy, Charlie Daniel
Standing: Carson Oliver, Jimmy Williams, R. Jack Fishman, Bill Williams, Arthur Melton, Bill Bowden, Kenneth Kee and Paul Young

The Tennessee Press Association (TPA) Board of Directors voted to restore the 50-Year Club, which honors individuals who are still active in the industry and have 50 years or more of service, regardless of the position held within the newspaper industry.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, during the Winter Convention, 15 newspaper industry professionals were inducted into the club during an evening banquet at the Winter Convention in Nashville. According to TPA records, the 50-Year Club was originally established to coincide with TPA’s 100th anniversary in 1969. However, the award was discontinued in later years.

Many of these honorees witnessed the newspaper industry convert from hot lead type to modern digital methods of production and dissemination. The banquet provided an opportunity for family members, friends, and newspaper associations to honor this distinquished group of individuals.

"These seasoned veterans of the newspaper industry have set a great example for others in the industry to follow,” said Joel Washburn, president of the Tennessee Press Association. “TPA directors and members thank the honorees for their strong and enduring work ethic,” concluded Washburn.

The following 15 individuals were selected for induction to TPA’s 50-Year Club in 2015:

• Bill Bowden, Editor & Publisher, Fentress Courier, Jamestown
• Charlie Daniel, Cartoonist, Knoxville News Sentinel
• R. Jack Fishman, President, Lakeway Publishers Inc., Morristown
• Danny Jones, General Manager, The Trenton Gazette
• Kenneth Kee, Operations Manager, Associated Publishers, Inc.
• Sam Kennedy, Owner, Kennedy Newspapers Inc., Columbia
• Arthur Melton, Advertising/ General Management Executive, Union City Daily Messenger
• John Molley, Editor, Johnson City Press
• Shirley Nanney, Editor, Carroll County News-Leader, Huntingdon
• Joe Officer, Pre-Press Assistant, The Greeneville Sun
• Carson Oliver, Owner/Publisher, Overton County News, Livingston
• Dean Stone, Opinion Page Editor, The Daily Times, Maryville
• Bill Williams, Editor Emeritus, The Paris Post-Intelligencer
• Jimmy Williams, Columnist, The Paris Post-Intelligencer
• Paul Young, Production Manager, The Standard Banner, Jefferson City

TPA has a brand new logo

Thanks to all of the TPA members who submitted their vote to choose TPA's first new logo since the 1980s!

The winning design was created by Tessa Wildsmith, Tennessee Press Service Media Buyer. We also want to thank Shannon York, Creative Director of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, whose design was the runner-up.


TPA restores 50-Year Club honors

The Tennessee Press Association Board of Directors has restored the 50-Year Club and is seeking its first honorees since the program was stopped in the 1970s.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, during the Winter Convention, up to 12 industry associates, with 50 or more years of service will be inducted into the club during an evening banquet.

During its October meeting, the TPA Board approved the idea presented to them by the Press Institute & Winter Convention Committee. The nominee must still be active in the industry and have 50 years or more of service, regardless of the position held within the company. Self-nominations are encouraged.

TPA is seeking nominations for the class of 2015 honorees. The nomination form is available online at www.tnpress.com/forms/50YearClubNomination.pdf. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

According to TPA records, the 50-Year-Club was established to coincide with TPA’s 100th anniversary and recognition spanned from 1969-1971, with a total of 22 individuals being honored.


Joel Washburn is new president of Tennessee Press Association 

Joel Washburn, managing editor of The McKenzie Banner, is the newly elected president of the Tennessee Press Association. He was elected by the Board of Directors on September 12 to fill the unexpired term of Jason Taylor, who vacated the position when he assumed the position of president and publisher of the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger and regional president of the U.S. Community Publishing Group.

Washburn has served in various positions with TPA boards, including director of TPA, treasurer, and vice president of non-dailies. He also serves on the Tennessee Press Association Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is chairman of the Winter Convention and Press Institute, a position assigned to the vice-president.

Washburn is a native of McKenzie, Tennessee. He is general business manager for his family’s two community newspapers, The McKenzie Banner and Dresden Enterprise. Continue reading


2014 UT-TPA State Press Contests Awards presented July 11

First place winners in the 2014 UT-TPA State Press Contests. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography

Master List of Winners by Category 2014
Excel File with list of winners, captions and contributors 2014
Press Release 2014                      Slideshow of First Place Winners slideshow
Lists of winners in previous years

Photos from July 11 individual first place winners with Dr. Tonjanita Johnson

UT, Tennessee Press Association Announce 2014 Newspaper Contest Winners

NASHVILLE—Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers won top awards today in the Tennessee Press Association's 2014 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Jackson Sun, Elizabethton Star, the LaFollette Press and the Erwin Record won the top general excellence awards at the association's luncheon ceremonies held in Nashville. General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five circulation categories. continue reading


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



Ads for newspaper promotion campaign available
Every TPA member publisher should have received a CD with ads promoting the newspaper industry. This campaign is titled, “Tennessee Newspapers: Turning the Page on the Future.”

Please continue to run these ads as you have space available.

Download/view the promotional ads

If you need a disk with all of the ads or want the ads designed for a billboard, please contact the TPA office at (865) 584-5761.



Series of Public Notice Ads reinforces the importance of printed notice
The following public notice ads were adapted by Chattanooga Times Free Press from concept ads created by Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, and are available for all TPA members to use. All ads are half page ads.
Link to ads




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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