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Directory information for TPA member newspapers may be found under "Newspapers Online" or by calling to order your copy of the Tennessee Newspaper Directory today. ($45 cover price waived for members and clients.

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Robertson County Connection is TPA's newest member

The TPA Board of Directors approved the Robertson County Connection's application for membership during its meeting on Jan. 31. The Robertson County Connection has an average requested circulation of 4,701.


TPA Gubernatorial Candidate Forum live-streamed Feb. 1



NOTICE TO THE TPA MEMBERSHIP: Proposed changes to TPA Bylaws to be discussed Jan. 31
The TPA Board of Directors will consider proposed changes to the Constitution & Bylaws that would remove from the TPA Constitution Article VII, Section 6, which currently reads as follows:

Section 6. No employee may have when employed or acquire while employed any ownership of any media property or a company which owns any media property, including stock ownership. This provision shall also apply to the spouse or dependent children of any employee.
However any present employee or potential employee may continue to own or commence employment even if they hold interest as heretofore prohibited provided they present a plan of divestiture of such interest which is approved by the Board of Directors.

The Board will vote on whether or not these changes should go before the membership at the Jan. 31 meeting at 2 p.m. CST in Nashville. An open discussion inclusive of the membership will occur during the meeting. If the board recommends that the issue go before the membership, a ballot will be sent to the full membership for a vote.

If you have comments, concerns or feedback of any kind, please contact Victor Parkins, Bylaws Committee chairman at (731) 686-1632.


Over the summer, TPA members were asked to submit columns to be included in a book about haunted places in Tennessee. The book is now available and we hope you'll help us get the word out about it. Ghostly Places in Tennessee: A Collection of Chilling Stories About Haunted Places is now on sale at Amazon.com and at member newspapers throughout the state. The book is filled with 26 stories, straight out of the pages of Tennessee newspapers, about haunted places throughout the state.

Order copies of the book to sell by your newspaper. Order 10 or more copies at $8.00 each (including shipping) and resell them at the $15.95 cover price. We'll just bill you for the books you order. Contact Kevin Slimp at (865) 584-5761, ext. 107. A press release is available. book cover      house ad


Two inducted into Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame







Two Tennessee newspaper professionals were posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday, July 21, 2017. Bob Parkins was the owner, publisher and editor of The Milan Mirror-Exchange and W. Bryant Williams was the editor and publisher of The Paris Post-Intelligencer. Bob Parkins became the 56th honoree and Bryant Williams the 57th.

2017 Hall of Fame brochure with complete biographies. Video of Bob Parkins' biographical information. Video of Bryant Williams' biographical information.

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, 57 individuals have been honored. about the Hall of Fame


Tennessee State Press Contests Winners 2017

Photo credit: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
First place winners in the 2017 Tennessee State Press Contests pose after the Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 20 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Master list of winners
Excel file with winners, captions, credits, comments
Contests Press Release 2017

link to photos of winners from the banquet (photo credit to: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography)
First place winner photos were taken with Dr. David Golden, Executive Assistant to the President, University of Tennessee


TPA Advertising & Circulation 2017 Ideas Contest Winners announced

List of 2017 Ideas Contest winners

The Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest is an annual competition for advertising and circulation departments. The awards were presented during the TPA Summer Convention on Friday, July 21 in Franklin, Tennessee.


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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