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Attend the Advertising/Circulation Conference on July 21st to learn how to retain and gain advertisers by providing value and expertise.
Session by renowned sales trainer Kelly Wirges, ProMax Training & Consulting.
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Register now for 2017 Summer Convention & Advertising/Circulation Conference

State Press Contests Awards Banquet
Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction
Ideas Contest Awards
Training for Ad, Circ and Newsroom staff

ac17Register now for the 2017 TPA Summer Convention set July 20-21 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The program will feature the State Press Contests Awards Banquet on Thursday and on Friday the Advertising/Circulation Conference and the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon.

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Hall of Fame Induction Friday, July 21

The Tennessee Press Association Foundation and members of the Hall of Fame Administrative Committee, invite you to Franklin on Friday, July 21, 2017 to the luncheon honoring the journalistic accomplishments of Bob Parkins and W. Bryant Williams as they are posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee. The Hall of Fame honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally, or who have made an extraordinary contribution to their communities and region, or the state, through newspaper journalism. Since 1966, fifty-five individuals have been honored.
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Notice of applications for membership
The TPA Membership Committee met on Thursday, June 15, to vote on whether or not seven newspaper applicants and one associate applicant meet TPA's criteria for membership and whether or not to recommend them to the Board with a recommendation for approval of membership.

After reviewing the applicants and supporting materials, the Membership Committee voted to recommend for approval the seven newspapers and the associate to the Board for membership. In accordance with procedures, the Board of Directors hereby notifies the membership that if there are no objections from a TPA member newspaper within 30 days (by 9:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 17, 2017) , the following will be placed on the July 20 Board of Directors agenda with a recommendation for approval.

The newspapers are:
Farragut Press
The Hendersonville Standard
The Knoxville Ledger
The Memphis Flyer
The Memphis News
The Nashville Ledger
The Tennessee Tribune, Nashville

The associate applicant is: Circulation Verification Council

In the event a member objects to membership by a free publication based upon criteria outlined in the bylaws as qualifications of free paper members an appeal to re-consider the application may be made, if notice of appeal is received within 30 days of the committee’s recommendation for membership. In such events the TPA member objecting must provide the reason for the objection and supporting documentation supporting their position that the applicant is not eligible for membership based on the bylaws. Objections should be addressed to TPA President Ron Fryar and Membership Committee Chairman Keith Ponder.

a. Burden of proof exists with TPA member newspaper to show cause for rejection, i.e. examples of publications exceeding 75% advertising that would disqualify an applicant. Objecting newspaper shall provide supporting evidence to membership committee chair within ten business days of objection. Committee will review evidence and consider merits of the objection. Expenses incurred by the subcommittee in the course of their investigation will be borne by the TPA member objecting to the membership application.

b. Membership committee may review up to 12 months of previous editions at their sole discretion to reach a conclusion and make a recommendation to the board. The board’s ruling is binding.

Link to TPA Constitution & Bylaws see Article 5.


Public notice ads available

Ads promoting the value of public notice are available for all U.S. newspapers from the News Media Alliance. Visit their site to download the ads.






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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