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2013 UT-TPA State Press Contests
New for 2013, State Press Contests entries must be made online. The entry window opens Jan. 14, 2013. The deadline is Feb. 22, 2013.
2012 State Press Contests Awards presented July 13
First place winners in the 2012 UT-TPA State Press Contests. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
Master List of Winners by Category 2012
The Tennessean (Nashville), The Jackson Sun, Southern Standard (McMinnville), Grainger Today (Bean Station), Gallatin News Examiner and Herald and Tribune (Jonesborough) won the top General Excellence Awards presented at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, July 13 in Nashville.
This marks the fourth time in five years that Southern Standard has won the general excellence award. The Southern Standard has won 10 total General Excellence Awards since the award became a points-based award in 1999.
This also marks the third year in a row that The Jackson Sun has won in its division. This year's results also produced a rare tie, with Grainger Today and the Gallatin News Examiner sharing the General Excellence Award in Division Two. The Tennessean has won a total of nine General Excellence Awards.
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette and Southern Standard each received six first-place awards. The Times-Gazette won for make-up and appearance, best personal column, investigative reporting, headline writing, public service and best special issue or section. Southern Standard won for best single feature, editorials, best personal humor column, best spot news coverage, best news reporting and promotion of newspapers.
UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation honored newspapers for their accomplishments in editorial writing and public service journalism with $250 awards in the categories of editorials, best single editorial and public service.
Newspapers receiving Meeman awards:
News Sentinel (Knoxville), The Daily Herald (Columbia), The Mountain Press (Sevierville), Grainger Today and Herald and Tribune, best single editorial; and
News Sentinel, The Leaf-Chronicle, Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Gallatin News Examiner and Chester County Independent (Henderson), public service.
The Edward J. Meeman Foundation was established in 1968 at UT to fund the contests, provide professional critiques of journalists' work and support journalism students and faculty.
Additional top winners in the overall contest include:
Gallatin News Examiner, for best personal column, best news reporting, investigative reporting, public service and best special issue or section; and
News Sentinel, for make-up and appearance, Sunday editions, best graphics and/or illustrations, best single editorial and public service.
Awards with winning entry captions