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Feb. 18, 2015: In consideration of the State of Emergency in Tennessee, the Contests Chairman has ruled to extend the deadline for the UT-TPA State Press Contests to Friday, Feb. 27.
TPA Ideas Contest for Advertising & Circulation deadline extended to Feb. 27
NEW FOR 2015:
Feb. 18, 2015: In consideration of the State of Emergency in Tennessee, the deadline for the TPA Ideas Contest has been extended to Friday, Feb. 27.
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.
“Keys” is not intended to be legal advice. As the introduction states: “Its purpose is to spread knowledge that can make navigating the law less frustrating.”
Education on the law is the key to success for citizens wanting to participate in their democratic republic, for journalists performing their watchdog role, and for public officials with a sincere desire to be transparent in performance of their duties. We hope “Keys” serves all three goals.
Dolly Parton named TPA's 2014
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.
TPA inducts 15 into 50-Year Club
2015 TPA 50-Year Club Inductees:
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.
"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.
• Bill Bowden, Editor & Publisher, Fentress Courier, Jamestown
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.
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
Photos from July 11 individual first place winners with Dr. Tonjanita Johnson
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
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