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2013 State Press Contests Awards presented
First place winners in the 2013 UT-TPA State Press Contests. Photo by Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
NASHVILLE—Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers won top awards July 19 in the Tennessee Press Association's 2013 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
The Tennessean (Nashville), The Jackson Sun, the Elizabethton Star, the Manchester Times, The Standard Banner (Jefferson City) and the Herald and Tribune (Jonesborough) won the top general excellence awards at the association's awards luncheon held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.
General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in five categories, based on average weekly circulation.
This marks the fourth year in a row that The Jackson Sun has won the general excellence award. This also marks the third year in a row that The Tennessean has won in its category.
For the second year in a row, the results produced a tie. This year, the Manchester Times and The Standard Banner shared the general excellence award in their circulation category.
The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association judged a total of 1,485 entries from 74 of the association's 121 member newspapers. UT has co-sponsored the annual contest since 1940.
• The Tennessean received nine first-place honors in its circulation category, for best single feature, community lifestyles, best sports coverage, best graphics and/or illustrations, editorials, best personal column, best education reporting, best special issue or section and best website.
• The Elizabethton Star received eight first-place awards, for make-up and appearance, local features, community lifestyles, best sports coverage, best spot news coverage, best business coverage, best education reporting, and best website.
The university'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:
• The Tennessean, The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville), The Tullahoma News, the Hickman County Times (Centerville) and The Portland Leader, editorials
• The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), The Leaf-Chronicle, Southern Standard (McMinnville), The Daily News (Memphis) and The Leader (Covington), best single editorial
• The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Daily Times (Maryville), The Tullahoma News, The Standard Banner and the Herald and Tribune, public service
The 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:
• The Chattanooga Times Free Press, for local features, best sports writing, best personal humor column, best business coverage, headline writing and public service
• The Herald and Tribune, for best single feature, community lifestyles, best spot news coverage, investigative reporting, best business coverage and public service
• The Commercial Appeal, for Sunday editions, best single editorial, best spot news coverage, investigative reporting, best news photograph and best feature photograph
Richardson, Jonesborough publisher, becomes TPA president
Lynn delivered an exceptional speech at the Installation Banquet on Friday, June 14. The video is posted on YouTube. We encourage you to watch a few minutes to get to know your new president better. Her remarks begin four minutes into the video.
State Press Contests awards luncheon July 19 in Nashville
Sixty-nine TPA member newspapers have won at least one award. Winning newspapers were notified by letter on May 17 of the categories in which they will receive awards. A list of newspapers to receive awards is posted at www.tnpress.com.
Government Affairs Committee Meeting CANCELED as of 5/31
TheChattanooga Times Free Press creative team poses with their 2013 Ideas Contest Awards, including the Jack Freeland Memorial Award Best of Show plaque. Front Row (L-R): Carla Peterson, Eric Taylor, Charlton Hillis, Alecia Miller, Steven Ratajczyk, Debbie Scalf and Michael Campassi Back Row: Randy Forester, Shannon York, creative services director, Chris Zelk, Kathy Payne, Gilbert Strode, Brian Williams and Chris Fox
Awards in the 2013 Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest were presented on Friday, May 3, in conjunction with the Advertising/Circulation Conference in Nashville. The Chattanooga Times Free Press won the top prize, the Jack Freeland Memorial Award Best of Show, for its “Imagine Your Business in the Spotlight” publication on opportunities for businesses to partner with the newspaper on events. It was entered in the Best Marketing Materials category. Continue reading
TPA Public Notice Bill signed by Gov. Haslam
The full state House of Representatives approved our public notice bill by a vote of 94-1 on March 25. (HB 1001/SB 0461) Governor Haslam signed the bill on April 12. A ceremonial signing of the bill occurred on April 16.
THANK YOU to all publishers and editors for quickly reaching out to senators and representatives along the way. And thank you to TPA President Michael Williams, who has made numerous trips to Nashville to see this bill through both chambers of the General Assembly.
"Border War" Golf tournament Sept. 9, will benefit Tenn. and Ky. Newspaper Foundations
Slots are filling quickly, so please register now if you are interested in participating!
This inaugural tournament will take place at Fairvue Plantation Country Club in Gallatin, with subsequent yearly tournaments to alternate between the Bluegrass and Volunteer states. Tournament specifics in PDF format
TPA Public Notice Week materials still relevant
Press Association set Public Notice Week for January 20-26, 2013. The kit includes editorials, cartoons and ads that may be used by member newspapers
to promote the importance of public notice. We encourage you to use the materials,
and to produce your own editorials throughout
Ads for newspaper promotion campaign available
Please continue to run these ads as you have space available.
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.
TPA Foundation capital campaign:
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