Vol. 69 DECEMBER 2005 No. 6
Times Free Press ties
in Be Kind to Editors
Contest; team aids Race
BY ELENORA E. EDWARDS Chris and participated in the Sept. 25
Managing editor Race for the Cure in Chattanooga and
raised $400 to be contributed to the Su-
It was a tie when judging of The Ten- san Komen Foundation in Vass’ name.
nessee Press’s Third Annual Be Kind to Vass participated in the Race herself.
Editors Contest took place. One of the Dorie Turner, a metro reporter,
winners was the Chattanooga Times submitted the Times Free Press’ entry.
Free Press, where co-workers of Chris “Chris is a vibrant, energetic person,
Vass, weekend editor, rallied behind her something that hasn’t changed even
in a personal battle. in the face of breast cancer,” Turner
Chris, 46, was diagnosed several said.
weeks ago with breast cancer and un- The winner announced earlier was
derwent a double mastectomy. Still, she The Jackson Sun, which honored 13 edi-
has worked full time at the newspaper tors with notes of appreciation and an
in addition to her roles as wife of John “Our Editors Top It Off ” celebration.
Vass and mother of Jay, 11. John, by the The Tennessee Press managing edi-
way, is business editor of the Times tor and the member services manager,
Free Press. Robyn Gentile, will arrange treats for
Chris’ coworkers—reporters, editors both newspapers in coming weeks.
and photographers—became Team
CHAD SCHAIVE | CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS
TPA members vote down proposal
(Above) Team Chris, coworkers of Chris Vass, weekend editor of
the Chattanooga Times Free Press, participated in the Race for on new membership category
the Cure in her honor.The team was made up of reporters, editors
and photographers at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. From Members of Tennessee Press Asso- Ballots returned by deadline: 86
left are, back row, Bob Gary, Michael Davis, Christina Cooke, ciation (TPA) have nixed a proposal to Ballots for the proposal: 39
Dorie Turner, Angie Herrington, Beverly Carroll, Ian Berry, Emily admit free-circulation publications to Ballots against the proposal: 47
Berry and Katrina Gonzales; front row, Angela Lewis, Megan associate membership. Voting took place during July and
Setlich, Stacey Wysong and Judy Walton. Participating but not Don McFarland of McFarland & August, with ballots being submitted to
pictured were Trevor Higgins and John Vass. (Right) Chris herself Gann, a Jefferson City accounting ﬁrm, and tabulated by the accounting ﬁrm.
and her son, Jay, were in the Race. announced the results of a full-member- This was the ﬁrst full-membership
ship vote Nov. 12 at a meeting of the TPA vote taken by TPA, and it was made
Board of Directors in Knoxville. possible by amendment, in February,
See Page 3 for info about holiday help McFarland presented the following of the constitution and bylaws. The
drives by Tennessee newspapers. report: proposal to take the vote was approved
Number of ballots mailed to news- June 23 at the TPA Summer Convention
ANGELA LEWIS | CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS
papers: 129 in Kingsport.
Plans for Press Institute and Winter Convention taking shape
BY ROBYN GENTILE of The Covington Leader and chairman February.” he said. legislative leaders who will outline
Member services manager of the 2006 Press Institute and Winter Albrecht and members of the commit- their agendas for the upcoming ses- DETAILS
Convention Committee,” pointed out. tee have ﬁnalized most of the conven- sion. Invited participants include Gov.
Feb. 8-10, 2006— “Not only is it a perfect opportunity to tion details, and this is what is being Phil Bredesen, House Speaker Jimmy What: 2006 TPA Press Institute and
mark these dates see colleagues from around the state, offered for you and your staff. Naifeh, Lt. Gov. John Wilder, Sen. Ron Winter Convention
on your calendar but it will certainly be one of our best Legislative planning session Ramsey and other top leaders. Those When: Wednesday-Friday,Feb. 8-10
and make a commit- group training sessions of the year Publishers, editors, state editors attending this session also will get to Where: Sheraton Nashville
ment to participate as well. We will have many exciting and government and political reporters hear from candidates seeking the U. Downtown
in the 2006 Press training options during the 2006 Friday should plan to attend the ﬁrst-ever Ten- S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 13
Institute and Win- Drive-In Training event, and we will nessee Legislative Planning Session Bill Frist.
ter Convention. have a large number of legislators on sponsored by The Associated Press “The Senate forum will be the ﬁrst
Why? “The Press hand for our very important annual and the Tennessee Press Association on time all the candidates will have the bureau chief, Brentwood, a member of
Institute and Win- Albrecht Legislative Reception. Thursday, Feb. 9. The event will focus opportunity to gather in one location to the committee, noted.
ter Convention has “If you’re looking for a large bang for on issues before the 2006 General As- outline their positions and answer ques- Revamped Drive-In Training
long been our organization’sbest meet- your buck, this is the meeting to attend. sembly and the 2006 U.S. Senate race. tions about the most pressing issues of
ing of the year,” Jay Albrecht, publisher I hope to see everyone in Nashville this The legislative session will include key the day,” Adam Yeomans, AP Tennessee SEE CONVENTION, PAGE 3
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN 4-5 CONTESTS 3 NIE CURRENTS 6 SLIMP 14 Phone: (865) 584-5761
INSIDE FALL BOARD PHOTOS 2 HINES 6 GIBSON 11 INT PHOTOS 15 IN CONTACT Fax: (865) 558-8687
2 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
TPA fall business meetings
PHOTOS BY ELENORA E. EDWARDS | TPS, EXCEPT AS NOTED
John Reed, left, and Frank Gibson Steve Lake presiding
The board meeting Nov. 12 in Knoxville
Bill Williams, Pauline Sherrer and Mike Fishman review
newspapers applying for TPA membership.
TPAF President W.R. (Ron) Fryar, left, presents a $10,000 check to TPA
President Steve Lake for funding of the 2006 Legal Hotline.
Lu Shep Baldwin
STEVE LAKE | PULASKI CITIZEN
At luncheon, from left, Greg Sherrill, Robyn Gentile, John Clark,
Gregory Reed, Dorothy Bowles and Charles Primm. Reed is interim
dean of the UT College of Communication and Information. The
group, including TPA President Steve Lake, met Nov. 10 to review STEVE LAKE | PULASKI CITIZEN
Kevin Slimp, Joe Albrecht, Ron Fryar
R. Jack Fishman the relationship between UT and TPA. Mike Williams, Pauline Sherrer, Rick Hollow
PHOTOS BY ROBYN GENTILE | TPA
Pride of the
From left, John Lyon, Pauline Sherrer, Annette Hurd and Joe Hurd; Michael Williams, Ann Williams, Bill Williams, Mike Alford,
foreground, Amanda Hill Bond and Chris Bond Emily Boswell, Victor Parkins and Jordan Parkins Patrick Alford
DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 3
Papers help communities with holidays help drives
Johnson City Press corporation, and donations are tax Bristol Herald Courier
Christmas Box deductible. Santa Pal Program
Now in its 25th (Submitted by John Molley, editor, BY DAVID McGEE
consecutive holi- Johnson City Press) Herald Courier staff
day season, the Cleveland Daily Banner The Santa Pal program, celebrating
Johnson City Rodgers Christmas Basket Fund its 80th year of helping needy children,
Press Christmas Last year, 980 families in the Cleve- kicked off its fund-raising efforts
Box this year will land-Bradley County area were given Nov. 13.
distribute food food baskets from the William Hall Established by a former Bristol Her-
boxes, including Rodgers Christmas Basket Fund, which ald Courier editor,
turkeys, hams, all the ﬁxings for a is promoted each year by the Cleveland Santa Pal allows
Christmas feast and enough extras Daily Banner. people to “adopt”
for several additional meals, to 1,275 A record total of $22,000 was given for a child and pro-
low-income households in the Johnson the annual basket fund drive in 2004. vide him or her
City area. For many in Cleveland, a Christmas toys and clothing
In addition, the Christmas Box will basket from the William Hall Rodgers for Christmas.
provide 1,625 hams for needy families Basket drive may be all they can look It’s a registered nonproﬁt agency, and
served by three neighboring holiday forward to receiving for Christmas. the newspaper remains its primary
food distributions conducted in the Members of the Cleveland-Bradley sponsor.
THE PARIS POST-INTELLIGENCER newspaper’s circulation area. County community, however, have a Cash donations go into a fund to help
The advertising staff ofThe Paris Post-Intelligencer participates each year Funded entirely by the donations of reputation of caring and giving and children who don’t get adopted, or they
in the Small Business Expo hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. This its readers, the Johnson City Christmas this has been demonstrated through the go into a companion Christmas Basket
year the theme was “Small Business, It’s no Mystery in Henry County. ” Box is conducted through a long-stand- years, so no one will go lacking. Fund, which provides food to needy
The staff decided on a Scooby Doo theme and adopted a slogan, “It’s no ing partnership with the local Salvation Volunteers from First Baptist Church families during the holidays….
mystery. All the Clues Are in the News. Read the daily P-I. The staff ﬁxed Army’s annual holiday toys, clothing handle the registration, which takes Last year’s program raised donations
up the circulation van as the Mystery Machine and arrived in style as they and gift distribution for children, teens place at the church. First Tennessee of about $34,000, enough to help 552 local
made their grand entrance. “We were beat out by ‘CSI,’ but nonetheless, and seniors, and more recently with our Bank handles the receipt of donations, children from both Bristols and some
our costumes have been the talk of the town, said Laura Dougherty, local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for and an account summary and list of areas of Sullivan County in Tennessee
advertising director. Tots program. The joint distribution, contributions is run regularly in the and Washington County in Virginia.
a large community affair involving Banner. Two hundred forty-nine children were
CONVENTION: Tracks offered dozens of volunteers representing
each of the project partners, provides
a convenient means for needy families
The Christmas basket fund was
started prior to World War II to ﬁll the
need in Cleveland and Bradley County.
adopted last year, compared to 266 the
This year, 345 local children from
FROM PAGE ONE •Photography Track and individuals to receive assistance William Hall Rodgers’ family owned the kindergartners through eighth-graders
Part one: Basics/settings with both holiday food and gifts through Cleveland Daily Banner. He was editor have qualiﬁed for the program—fewer
Training will be offered on Feb. 10 for a single outlet. until his death in 1942. The tradition of than usual….
newspaper staff members; however, the Part two: Equipment selection
Part three: Best practices discussion Donations for the Christmas Box are promoting the drive to provide baskets Santa Pals, those who adopt chil-
time blocks and offerings have been encouraged through a series of stories to the needy in the community was car- dren, receive wish lists of up to 10
modiﬁed into tracks. Related topics published bi-weekly from Thanksgiving ried on by the Banner as a memorial items along with clothing sizes and a
will ﬁll half-day blocks, which are as The annual Legislative Reception will
be held on Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on weekend through the late December to Rodgers. contact telephone number. They may
follows: distribution. The stories anonymously What began as the ﬁrst food drive in deliver the gifts themselves and meet
the hotel’s Legislative Terrace.
Tentative convention schedule featuring local families and the ﬁnan- Cleveland has sparked others to do the the families they’re helping, or they
•Computer Lab Track cial challenges they face, particularly same, and through the years, the needy may have the Santa Pal organization
Part one: InDesign: the next level Wednesday, Feb. 8
Committee meetings during the holidays. of the community have been helped, not deliver the gifts.
Part two: More Photoshop Tips and The Johnson City Press covers all only through the William Hall Rodgers Most spend $50 to $75 per child.
Tricks 2:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
TPA Business Session administrative and operational costs of Christmas Basket Fund, but through The families of the children not
TPA Foundation Board of the Christmas Box so that 100 percent of many projects promoted by churches adopted receive gift cards to the Kmart
•Design Track donations go directly to food purchases. and organizations. The needs this year store on West State St. Parents must use
Part one: Covering design theory Trustees
5:30 p.m. Legislative Reception Food City grocery stores provide a are expected to exceed those of 2004, the cards for children’s toys or cloth-
Part two: Design critique substantial discountson food for the so donations from the community will ing, and no items may be exchanged
Thursday, Feb. 9
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Legislative plan- project. Inland Container company be needed. for cash.
•Editorial Track of Elizabethton donates boxes for the The ﬁrst 2005 listing for the Basket Qualifying families also receive food
Part one: Ethics in reporting ning session
1:30-3:30 p.m. Senatorial debate distribution. And this year, Kroger Fund included donations totaling more baskets provided by Food City. They’ll be
Part two: AP style will the lend the use of an empty store than $1,000. This is cause for celebra- delivered by Dec. 17 by members of the
Part three: Roundtable on local 6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Banquet. Gov. Phil Bredesen building for the two-day distribution tion. The goal for 2005 is $23,500. Bristol Virginia Fire Department.
news issues set for Dec. 19 and 20. (From the Cleveland Daily Banner, (Adapted from an article in the
invited to speak
9:00 p.m. Dessert reception An estimated $30,000 will be needed Nov. 2 and 9, 2005) Bristol Herald Courier, Nov. 13,
•Electronic Media Track for this year’s Christmas Box. The 2005)
Part one: Blogs and newspapers Friday, Feb. 10
7:45 a.m. NIE program Christmas Box is a 501c3 not-for-proﬁt
Part two: Web site strategies
9:00 a.m. Drive-In Training
•Legal Track Legal Track
Part one: Covering open meetings/ Design Track
records and shield law Photography Track
Part two: Libel, privacy, HIPAA and Managers’ Track
more 12 noon Lunch
1:45 p.m. Electronic Media Track
Editorial Track Friday, Feb. 10, 2006
Part one: Best revenue ideas for
Computer Lab Track
Managers’ Track 2 Nashville, Tennessee
Part two: Best revenue ideas for 4:00 p.m. Convention adjourns
circulation TPA will mail registration materials
Part three: Equipment/software in mid-December. Hotel reservations
highlights by Kevin Slimp may be made by calling the Sheraton
Nashville Downtown at (615) 259-2000.
•Managers’ Track 2 TPA’s group rate is $119 plus tax. The
A moderated discussion on chal- deadline for hotel and TPA early regis-
lenges facing newspapers tration is Friday, Jan. 13.
Registration and details at www.tnpress.com
4 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
The day my universe changed
Published monthly by the One of the most earth-shattering, on an Atari 800 for Christmas that
TENNESSEE PRESS SERVICE, INC. shocking days of my life occurred year, which boasted 16k of memory,
for the back in the mid to mid-late 70s, back expandable to 48k; even got one of
TENNESSEE PRESS ASSOCIATION, INC. when every like-minded American those gizmos called a modem where
435 Montbrook Lane boy on the pre side of puberty aspired you actually placed the telephone
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919 to be Muhammad Ali, Roger Staubach, headset in its cradle and called
Telephone (865) 584-5761/Fax (865) 558-8687/www.tnpress.com Terry Bradshaw or Elvis (all ironi- someone with the same setup on
cally nearing the end of their careers, their end to pass text back and forth.
Subscriptions: $6 annually though shining as bright as ever). Holy smokes! We were riding the
Periodicals Postage Paid At Knoxville,TN My best friend at the time, the notori- technological wave, kind of learning
ous Chris Carter, who deserves a story it as it came. This was sweet, but I was
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Tennessee Press, in his own right, whose father owned learning other neat new things like
435 Montbrook Lane, Knoxville,TN 37919. the local Radio Shack, invited me over Basic Programming and was even
to spend the night—nothing unusual able to apply Algebra to it, something
The Tennessee Press is printed by The Standard Banner, Jefferson City. there, happened all the time. We were many of my classmates had decried
watching television and I’m pretty YOUR PRESIDING REPORTER and written off as useless.
Greg M. Sherrill.....................................................Editor sure it was a Muhammad Ali ﬁght To demonstrate, and I should note
Elenora E. Edwards.............................Managing Editor when, upon its conclusion, someone that I really was for the most part a
reached behind the set, ﬂipped a toggle
Steve Lake well-behaved student, but for what-
Robyn Gentile..........................Production Coordinator
Angelique Dunn...............................................Assistant switch and I watched my life change forever… ever reason I was once disciplined by my teacher to write
What appeared before us was a simple black screen outlined something off a couple hundred times. With Basic Program-
in white with large gaps on the left and right edges, each ming I wrote it only once with a little formula that told it
protected by a small white bar with a white dot that passed to repeat x number of times, printed it on my dot matrix
back and forth between them, ricocheting off most anything printer and voila! My teacher was very impressed I took
Member its color with primitive beeps (no whistles). The device was time to type the assignment.
20 05 The Tennessee Press
is printed on recycled paper
known as Pong! Two paddle wheels extended from a unit that
opponents could turn and vicariously move the correspond-
Technology becomes practical
Time passes. I ﬁnd myself in a new town, Pulaski, and a
Tennessee Press Association and is recyclable.
ing bar up and down either side of the screen to play a game. new school, Giles County High. Still, I couldn’t have been
That was the kicker: A PERSON COULD INTERACT WITH more happy in my own little world—well except maybe if
A TELEVISION! I could have mustered the courage to ask that speciﬁc cute
It was a video incarnation of ping-pong and it still sends girl out on my ﬁrst date before my entire junior and most
goose bumps down my spine to this day. Never mind that of my senior years slipped by—when my father, knowing
OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE TENNESSEE PRESS ASSOCIATION
remote control, cordless telephones and other neat gizmos how much I loved computers, comes home and tells me he’s
soon followed. This precursor at that time was something just purchased some for the paper.
beyond my conception, a revelation that blew me away like I wasn’t overly impressed. Didn’t know anything about
nothing before (though learning how heavy a hand my them, though I assumed they weren’t much different from
TENNESSEE PRESS ASSOCIATION parents played in Christmas came close) and hence only that before. I’d, as they say, been there, done that. In fact, he
Steve Lake, Pulaski Citizen/The Giles Free Press................................President twice, thus far. pleaded and downright begged over an extended period of
Henry Stokes, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis.....................Vice President A glorious youth time for me to come look at them. Shucks, he was having
Pauline Sherrer, Crossville Chronicle..........................................Vice President My youth was downright dreamy. Next came the Atari just as much difﬁculty getting anyone on payroll to do so.
Bill Willliams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer...........................................Treasurer 2600, Video Arcades and literally hundreds of games. None It wasn’t till well over four years later that I returned from
Greg M. Sherrill, Knoxville....................................................Executive Director rocked my world like the ﬁrst time I saw Pong, but the ride college and started work at the paper that I ﬁnally ever did,
was ever more pleasing as technology rapidly advanced. What and though I wasn’t nearly so instantaneously ﬂoored as when
DIRECTORS my parents never learned till some time later was that my I ﬁrst saw Pong, my life has never been the same, or rather
Keith Wilson, Kingsport Times-News...................................................District 1 brother and I unwrapped our Atari 2600 in the nights leading the way I go about my life has never been the same.
Kevin Burcham, The News-Herald, Lenoir City....................................District 2 up to Christmas, played with it while they were away, then What lay before me was the most powerful tool known
Tom Overton III, Advocate and Democrat, Sweetwater......................District 3 rewrapped and returned it under the tree before they caught to man. I saw that even then. I saw many of the mind-bog-
Bill Shuster, Herald-Citizen, Cookeville................................................District 4 on, the only time we’ve ever resorted this sordid thing or glingly numerous possibilities this machine held and prom-
Dennis Stanley, Smithville Review.......................................................District 5 really ever cared to, honest! ised—still does—and I could see that our world was about
Clint Brewer, The Lebanon Democrat...................................................District 6 We put on a great show when it ﬁnally came time to unwrap to change, rapidly, ever more rapidly. It just so happened it
Hulon Dunn, Lewis County Herald, Hohenwald..................................District 7 it for real, as meaningful, though to the other extreme, as if would do so in the publishing industry ﬁrst.
Dennis Richardson, Carroll County News-Leader, Huntingdon.........District 8 we were being spanked, another great act of ours. Come to The personal computer
Victor Parkins, The Milan Mirror-Exchange...........................................District 9 think of it, we did love to traipse about the house to see if Behold: the Apple Macintosh, ﬁrst introduced in a famous
Jay Albrecht, The Covington Leader....................................................District 10 we might lay hand on what Santa had in store, though we Super Bowl commercial, January 1984 (I remember that
Mike Fishman, Citizen Tribune, Morristown...........................................At large never played with any ﬁndings, just boasted of them to Mom without remembering what teams were playing: obviously
and Dad, as if it were a game, or an Easter egg hunt. We had wasn’t Staubach and Bradshaw). It totally and completely
TENNESSEE PRESS SERVICE great luck, too; that is, as we learned some time later, till revolutionized the publishing industry like nothing since
Bob Parkins, The Milan Mirror-Exchange.............................................President our parents cleverly started hiding items at the ofﬁce or in moveable type. It was, in my belief, the ﬁrst modern-day PC
Dale C. Gentry, The Standard Banner, Jefferson City.................Vice President my brother’s own closet. That showed us. Today, Mom has and everything that term has come to mean. The boards of
W. R. (Ron) Fryar, Southern Standard, McMinnville.............................Director occasionally been known to unearth a hidden present she our vintage Macs (toasters we called them) emblazoned with
Mike Pirtle, The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro.............................Director meant to give us years ago. What fun! the signatures of everyone involved in its making.
Pauline Sherrer, Crossville Chronicle.....................................................Director What this ever-increasing advancement in technology Goodbye line tape, Linotype, hot wax, paste-up boards,
Michael Williams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer......................................Director unwittingly bolstered in me was the desire for more, for the PMTs, darkrooms and so forth. Hello PDF, imagesetters and
Greg M. Sherrill............................................................Executive Vice President latest, greatest gizmo, the desire for technological advance- full-page computer pagination.
ment, the desire for change, something I typically envision Rome wasn’t built in a day: We went through a massive
the status quo, especially my elders, with resisting, as I’ve learning curve and even years of transition. Our beloved Ed
TENNESSEE PRESS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION seen it time and time again. My father can run any number Wilburn, the fastest two-ﬁngered typist I’ve ever met, used to
W.R. (Ron) Fryar, Southern Standard, McMinnville...........................President of small businesses but could never come to grips with the print graphics on our laser printer then proceed to cut them
Larry K. Smith, LaFollette.............................................................Vice President simple programming of a VCR. My maternal grandmother out with scissors and paste them on a paste-up board where
Richard L. Hollow, Knoxville....................................................General Counsel resists even air conditioning and saves money on her social we’d shoot the page with a camera. This of course was the
Greg M. Sherrill....................................................................Secretary-Treasurer security, her only income. She’s perfectly content living in ﬁrst step. The best thing about a computer was that it would
the world she knows. Who really is to say in such respect remember a previous effort, so an ad, for example, could be
she’s not better off than any of us? reused, modiﬁed and continually improved upon: same with
CONTACT THE MANAGING EDITOR By the time I reached adolescence in the early years of the overall design of our paper, which has exponentially shot
TPAers with suggestions, questions or comments about items inTheTennessee the Reagan era, computers began inﬁltrating our country’s through the roof in terms of quality over the last 20 years.
Press are welcome to contact the managing editor. Call Elenora E. Edwards, homes. The notorious Chris Carter opted for a Texas Instru- Using our same press, bought in February 1968, we can now,
(865) 457-5459; send a note to P.O. Box 502, Clinton, TN 37717-0502; or e-mail ment, the infamous Stephen Wilburn for an Apple II and
ElenoraEdwards@Comcast.net. The January issue deadline is Dec. 12. class-wiz Jeff Murray owned an Atari 400. I ﬁxed my sights SEE LAKE, PAGE 5
DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 5
LAKE: The day my universe changed, diversions
FROM PAGE 4
TPA: I remember when...
BY ELENORA E. EDWARDS I was sitting in one of the rockers amus-
and have since the mid to late 90s, print full process color, shots: on the contrary, they sometimes get some great ones. Managing editor ing mysef by watching people. And then
due to the advancements made on the prepress side. Furthermore, it’s far easier to store large numbers of digital I saw Edith O’Keefe Susong, publisher
Aldus PageMaker was the original software application to shots compared to printed images: a single disc potentially Things in my of The Greeneville Sun.
take us there, a page layout program. One could easily build holds hundreds, if not thousands, of images compared to a memory having to Mrs. Susong was always dressed
a design, ad or page with speed, precision and ﬂexibility photo album which maybe holds 50, give or take. If stored do with the Tennes- with impeccable taste but with a ﬂair,
never known before, blowing away any method standing properly, a particular digital image can quickly be found by see Press Associa- partly because she almost always wore
before it. It s since been outdone or replaced by Quark doing a computer search by either the date or subject matter tion are numerous. a hat. She was wearing a navy one that
XPress and ﬁnally Adobe InDesign. or other programmed factors. I literally build digital photo My family owned evening, with a slim-cut navy dress.
The only other computer applications worth mentioning albums and show my shots in this fashion on my laptop as T h e L a Fo l l e t t e Lovely. But what made me think “Wow!”
in the build of a newspaper are Microsoft Word and Adobe opposed to its numerous, bulky, hard copy counterparts. Press and the Jellico were the most gorgeous shoes and
Photoshop, two of the most useful, powerful applications I still print some using photo paper on a rather inexpensive Advance-Sentinel pocketbook I had ever seen. They were
for some 36 years, Edwards of print silk, navy, turquoise, aqua and
ever created, which along with PageMaker, in scope, may inkjet printer to frame about the house or send as Christmas
never be outdone in this industry. cards. In most cases, I ﬁnally can say their color and quality, and I heard it talked, gold. I had never seen silk shoes, much
When I began full time work at the paper I desperately not to mention ﬂexibility, exceeds old 35mm prints. And if all attended summer conventions, knew less colorful ones with a bag to match!
searched for someone to help me learn this machine and of this weren’t good enough, digital images can be limitlessly many of the participants and saw The I was blown away. Wow.
software, ﬁnally ﬁguring out no one else really knew copied or electronically transferred to others throughout the Tennessee Press regularly. Years later after I ﬁnished school and
anymore than I; probably being even more intimidated as world in mere seconds. I am sharing one of those memories, was working at the Clinton Courier-
having limited computer experience. A digital hub, a paperless society to encourage others in TPA to share News, I saw Mrs. Susong fairly regularly
A nice thing about being the boss’s son was that I could Today my whole world revolves around my computer: my theirs so they can be printed in future at TPA meetings. I remember the last
take computers apart without so much worry as to what research, my writing, my correspondence, my ﬁnances, issues of the Press. time I saw her, at a Sigma Delta Chi
might happen. I had a reputation for taking things apart my photographs, my home movies, my DVD collection, my In the “old days,” TPA often held sum- (now SPJ) banquet in the early 1970s
in my younger days: toilets, stopwatches, even a trophy of music. Most everything but the bare necessities of life (air, mer conventions in Gatlinburg at the in Knoxville. I believe her grandson,
my brother’s which I accidentally broke in the process. He shelter, food) are now digitized and funneled through a PC. It Mountain View Hotel, a large, gracious John M. Jones Jr., was president. We
never forgave me. Sometimes I got things back together; used to be in my life I ever needed more storage space for my stone structure on Highway 321 where it talked a bit—she had as much grace
sometimes, well … I didn’t. I’d beg my father to let me put ever-increasing content, but with the digital world coming to meets the parkway. I adored that hotel. as style. Yes, she was wearing a hat.
Christmas presents together: a bicycle, ping-pong table or be, this trend has actually reversed as we truly are working I actually felt sick when I drove into the In her 80s, she was likely the snazziest
waterbed (remember those?). He’d feign disappointment but toward a paperless society (despite more paper being made city several years ago and saw that it woman there.
then eventually give in, secretly rejoicing he didn’t have to today than ever before). had been torn down. Mrs. Susong was the mother of
put the darn thing together. These of course are the best In fact I’ve thrown out my rubber bands and paperclips; I But back to TPA. Arne Jones (Mrs. John M. Sr.) and the
ways to learn how something works and is essentially how I just don’t use them anymore. Someday maybe—wince—even The Mountain View had a long front grandmother of John M. Jr. and Gregg
learned computers: I taught myself, with help over the years the pens will go: hard for a self-proclaimed man of letters porch, lined with rocking chairs. People Jones, who are active in TPA; Alex
from manuals, seminars and eventually the Internet. and books to come to terms with that. I keep reminding gathered there to visit before the annual Jones, who once was in the newspaper
The Internet myself, as my father has said numerous times before, we’re banquet. business here; Edith S. Jones (Mrs.
In early 1995 U.S. Internet, based in Knoxville, connected in the news business, not necessarily the newspaper. I still I was there one evening in about 1950 Steve Floyd); and Sarah [Sally] Harbison
Pulaski to the World Wide Web, thanks to the leadership need hard drive and removable media capacity, but this is with my folks, Lucile and Guy Easterly. (Mrs. Steven).
and effort of Mayor Dan Speer and the Giles County a far cry from needing extra ﬁling cabinets or even storage
Educational Foundation, seeing that Giles County was an
early adopter of this powerful new technology, well ahead
rooms. I envision all of this data one day occupying only
the minutest of physical space. I have a personal saying: no
Your turn—share your memories
of most communities our size. As the company eventually paper but the newspaper, as I’m ever working to remove my Won’t you share your favorite TPA One can submit his or her story by
changed hands several times and ended its ties with the desktop clutter, but even the life of the newspaper appears memories through The Tennessee sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org or
GCED, Pulaski Publishing entered the fray in March 2000, limited. I as often read my PULASKI CITIZEN on my laptop Press and www.tnpress.com? Tell your ATTN.: TPA Memory, Tennessee Press
partnering with Rackley Systems (who sold their interest as in the printed form. Someday, if not already, you will colleagues your earliest memory—or Association, 435 Montbrook Lane,
the following year) to form a local Internet Service Provider, read your paper this way too. Content is the crux, as is the the weirdest or funniest or most Knoxville, Tenn. 37919, or by faxing it
iGiles.net. Known as DotSpot Internet in neighboring Law- versatility of its medium, and different media serve different touching. to (865) 558-8687. Robyn Gentile, member
rence County, the company has progressed over the years purposes. I don’t see the printed newspaper altogether disap- We’ll print them, as we can, in future services manager, will pass them on to
from dial-up and ISDN service, to DSL, to ﬁnally Wireless pearing anymore than I see paper currency doing so—more issues of The Tennessee Press. the Tennessee Press managing editor.
Broadband, exceeding T1, DSL or cable speeds with a for security and an alternative convenience than necessity.
cheaper price, better security, and without the constraint Paper has its place and will continue to do so, bringing nice
of a physical line. proﬁts to its makers for years to come: it’s just transitioning
Digital cameras to more of a disposable commodity.
Another advancement has been the advent of digital As nice as all this technology is—I actually live for it and
cameras. Now everyone who works in news or advertising wouldn’t want to live without it—it has pervaded both my
has his or her own digital camera, kept on their person at work and personal lives. I continually enjoy stepping away
all times—one just never knows when that proverbial Kodak from it all, looking for excuses to leave the laptop, cell phone
moment will present itself. I have one that ﬁts in a shirt or and even news behind, so that I, as my grandmother might
coat pocket and holds 733 5-mega-pixel, large-compression appreciate, may sit with my wife and newborn daughter by a
shots. The turnaround on photographs is now near instanta- campﬁre in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the fresh, open
neous and may be taken right up to deadline without worry air and the essence of life.
of time constraints, such as developing, and at what size,
and coordinating this with the person in charge of doing
it. There is no real cost in digital photographs themselves,
Yes, my life ﬂipped with a toggle switch, as my predecessors
did with television, radio, motion pictures and electricity,
all the way back to the wheel. Fortunately, for the most part,
Spring Into Action!
so a photographer can take as many shots as his or her we can still ﬂip it off.
memory card will hold without worrying about the cost of
ﬁlm or development; and in doing so, enormously increase
(Column adapted from the First PlaceTPA Award-Win-
ning 150th Anniversary Special Section of the Pulaski Plan now to attend the
the chances of getting a good shot.
I sometimes allow my nieces and nephew (ages 3-9) to
Citizen, Dec. 16, 2004.)
use my camera under my supervision. It’s small like their
ﬁngers, helps them learn and we’re not really wasting
STEVE LAKE is publisher of the Pulaski Citizen.
Advertising & Circulation
Seigenthaler, Daniel speak on political humor
John Seigenthaler, founder of the First on “Votes and Jokes: Laughter and political columnists, cartoonists and
Amendment Center, Nashville, led a America’s Political Personality.” The writers. Charlie Daniel, cartoonist with
panel discussion Oct. 28 at the Howard discussion was about the use of humor. the News Sentinel, Knoxville, spoke on
Baker Center for Public Policy at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
The conference featured political lead-
ers and some of the nation’s leading
the role of political cartoons.
Paris Landing State Park
April 6-8, 2006
6 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
Watermarks become latest hullabaloo
26: TPA ofﬁces closed Just as the public’s trust in the news media showed a slight increase, we Several innovations in the past have caused few long-lasting ripples.
JANUARY start using a gimmick that may lose our integrity. Gallup’s Governance Putting ads on section fronts upset designers more than readers. The
2: TPA ofﬁces closed Survey revealed this fall that news media were gaining slightly more religiously followed maxim that all ads must be clearly labeled as adver-
13: Deadline for registering for credibility from the American public. tising is also being ignored in too many operations.
the Press Institute and Wint- Sure, there were grumblings that the media are too liberal (by almost In August about 40 newspapers, including USA Today, used an ad from
er Convention half of all respondents). But there’s always been that conservative vs. General Motors touting the Chevrolet Impala. Running across the bottom
20: Ideas Contest deadline liberal divide. of a two-page spread, a running impala interrupted a fake story headlined
FEBRUARY The “gimmick” is not new. Called shadow ads or watermark ads, the “Beyond Africa.” Only a rule separated the ﬁctitious from the factual
8-10: UT-TPA Press Institute concept occurs when an advertiser prints a grayscale logo or brand name copy on the page. Turning a couple pages, readers could read that the
and Winter Convention, within editorial matter. PRESSING interruption was for the new Impala. Many papers did not indicate that
Nashville Some trace its modern-day roots to 2001 when Universal Studios bought the space was advertising.
10-15: Southern Classiﬁed ads hyping “Jurassic Park III.” Subtle images of ﬂying dinosaurs showed ISSUES Complaints from shadow ads so far have been few in number, even
Advertising Managers As- up on stock listings or sports agate pages of 15 newspapers. Today many though the practice is becoming more common across the country. Ad-
sociation Conference, River also appear in movie listings. Randy Hines ditional publications already undertaking such ads include The New York
View Plaza Hotel, Mobile, Now slowly catching on across the country, shadow ads are making Times, the New York Daily News, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the
Ala. publishers happy because of the added revenue in tight times. But they Philadelphia Inquirer.
17: State Press Contests dead- are upsetting many Tennessee editors who see the practice blurring that once Until now, most Volunteer State newspapers did not have a policy for or against
line impenetrable line between news and advertising. watermark or shadow ads. Such a discussion—perhaps as a New Year’s resolu-
MARCH The Chicago Tribune Co. issued a policy in early summer on how and when tion—should be held soon between advertising and editorial.
6-10: NIE Week. Theme, Infor- watermark ads could run in its 11 major dailies that include the Los Angeles On a slightly related note, the talented Mike Peters, creator of “Mother Goose
mation Literacy Times and New York’s Newsday. and Grimm,” recently used “Keebler” in his Sunday cartoon. The word was not
8-11: NNA Government Affairs “It’s a very unwise thing to do,” Don Wycliff, public editor at the Chicago a watermark but clearly indicated on a tree with a large sign. A few colorful elves
Conference, Wyndham Tribune, complained in a June 3 Editor & Publisher article. “It blurs the line made it clear what product was being discussed. When I asked Mike if he at least
Washington Hotel, Washing- between advertising and editorial in an era when our credibility is already under received a case of cookies for the plug, he said, “No such luck…If the product
ton, D.C. assault from all sides.” placement thing worked, I’d do a lot of cartoons about Mercedes.”
APRIL Newspaper ad growth projections are the major reason why ad managers
2-4: NAA Annual Conference, are looking at new ways to increase revenue while layoffs and cutbacks are DR. RANDY HINES, former Tennessee educator, teaches in the Department of
The Fairmont, Chicago widespread. Figures aren’t in for all of 2005, of course, but ad revenue was up Communications at Susquehanna University. His address is 514 University Ave.,
6-8: TPA Advertising/Circula- a mere 3.9 percent for 2004. For the ﬁrst six months of this year, ad growth was Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870. For training or workshop information, he can be reached at
tion Conference, Paris Land- only 2.2 percent. email@example.com.
ing State Park
30-May 3: Southern Circulation
Managers Association, Chat-
Grant goes to junior high for student newspaper
14-17: AAEC Annual Confer-
ence, Embassy Suites Hotel, Athens Junior High teacher Robert Owens, from the Athens City awarded more than $350,000 to more than 150 middle and high schools
Denver, Colo. School System, acquired a grant from the Newspaper Association of which partner with newspapers. Colleges and universities also are
15-17: 8th Great Obituary Writ- America Foundation for the 2005-06 school year and will partner with involved as third partners.
ers; Conference, Plaza Hotel, The Daily Post-Athenian and Tennessee Wesleyan College in putting it Here are comments provided by Sandy Woodcock, director of the
Las Vegas, N.M. to use. Speciﬁcally, the grant has allowed for the purchase of software NAAF.
TBA: TPA 137th Annual for the school’s student newspaper, the Cougar Chronicle. The junior “School newspapers provide students with a wealth of learning
Summer Convention, Chat- high students will compose their school newspaper with the same opportunities. They learn writing and analytical skills and have an
tanooga computer technology as The Daily Post-Athenian. The grant monies opportunity to gain meaningful mastery of those skills. They also can
SEPTEMBER have also allowed for the journalism department of Tennessee Wesleyan apply those skills, develop leadership and critical thinking and learn
8: International Literacy Day College to design and publish an instructional booklet for the junior teamwork. Working on a school newspaper provides students with some
OCTOBER high students on how to implement the software. NIE of the best educational opportunities they may every have. Studies show
1-7: National Newspaper Week Staff members from The Daily Post-Athenian will assist Owens and CURRENTS that students who work on school publications are more likely to ﬁnish
11-14: NNA 120th Annual his students with the installation of the software. Tennessee Wesleyan college, do better while there, and they have a greater understanding
Convention & Trade Show, College students from the journalism department of the college will of and appreciation of the First Amendment.”
The Renaissance Hotel, Okla- train the students on how to implement the software. Lu Shep Baldwin Robert Owens’ enthusiasm has been outstanding. He is a wonderful
homa City, Okla. Lu Shep Baldwin, Jones Media Newspapers in Education (NIE) teacher, and we are very proud of him for his commitment to this project.
coordinator, approached Robert Owens about the grant in March 2005. The The Daily Post-Athenian and Tennessee Wesleyan College are looking forward to
Registration materials forTPA events can Athens Junior High newspaper, at that time, was struggling. Students were still working with Mr. Owens.
be found at www.tnpress.com. cutting and pasting news Robert Owens competed
stories. Securing this grant with other middle and high
offered Mr. Owens the oppor- schools on a national level
tunity to move forward with in seeking the grant and
Help ASNE, APMEA improving the publication was the only Tennessee
of the school newspaper. recipient. He is to be com-
make the case Part of the commitment mended for his efforts!
with the grant involves a The NAAF grants become
for freedom partnership with a news- available each year in Janu-
paper—in this case, The ary for all Newspapers In Edu-
The American Society of Newspaper Daily Post-Athenian—along cation programs throughout
Editors and the Associated Press Man- with a partnership with a the United States. Eleven
aging Editors Association think it’s time college. Tennessee Wesleyan grants are awarded each
to let the public know the importance College in Athens was eager year.
of open records in their lives. The or- to become a partner. The
ganizations need the help of the news college is a sponsor of The LU SHEP BALDWIN is NIE
media to make the case. Daily Post-Athenian’s NIE coordinaor for Jones Media,
They are offering free advertisements, program, and one of the THE DAILY POST-ATHENIAN, ATHENS Greeneville. She is based in
which newspapers can download and in education classes is a weekly Athens Junior High School’s Robert Owens has received a grant from the Newspaper As- Athens. One can contact her
which a newspaper’s logo can be placed participant of The DPA’s NIE sociation of America Foundation, and the award was celebrated at an Athens School Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or, for
for publication. They can be found program. meeting. From left are Larry Wallace, vice president of external relations at Tennessee Wes- more information on NIE, one
at the following Web site: www.asne. Since 1977, the Newspaper leyan College; Ralph Baldwin, publisher of The Daily Post-Athenian; Owens; Lu Shep Baldwin, can log on to www.naafounda-
org/index.cfm?ID=4168. Association of America Newspapers In Education coordinator for Jones Media, The DPA’s parent company; Athens tion.org.
Foundation (NAAF) has School Board Chairman Mike Bevins; and Director of Schools Craig Rigell.
DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 7
TPA open house
PHOTOS BY ELENORA E. EDWARDS | TPS, EXCEPT AS NOTED
Dennis Burnett and Greg Lusk
Jay Albrecht, Joe Albrecht and W. R. (Ron)
Hulon Dunn and Keith McCormick Rick Hollow, Frank Gibson and others in foyer
From outside, TPAers at open house
Rep. Stacey Campﬁeld
and Drew Johnson
in the arms of Bonnie Hufford and Robyn Gentile
STEVE LAKE | PULASKI CITIZEN
Evan Carawan, left, with hammered dulcimer, and
Michael Ginsburg with banjo, entertained.
STEVE LAKE | PULASKI CITIZEN
Patrick Alford tries the ﬁddle, and Michael Ginsburg reacts
Henry Stokes, Joe and Annette Hurd. Joe is the son of Kathryn Janice Horner, Mike Alford and TPA President Steve
Craddock, publisher of The Courier, Savannah. Lake
Bill and Ann Williams and granddaughter Ann Barnett
8 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005 DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 9
TPA Western Grand Division TPA Middle Grand Division TPA Eastern Grand Division
TPA GRAND DIVISIONS
Tennessee Press Association by grand division and district
DISTRICT 9 DISTRICT 7 DISTRICT 5 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 1
Dresden, Dresden Enterprise Ardmore, Your Community Shopper Fayetteville, Elk Valley Times Athens, The Daily Post-Athenian Bristol, Bristol Herald Courier
Dyer, The Tri-City Reporter Centerville, Hickman County Times Lynchburg, The Moore County News Benton, Polk County News/Citizen Advance Elizabethton, Elizabethton Star
Dyersburg, State Gazette Columbia, The Daily Herald Manchester, Manchester Times Chattanooga, Chattanooga Times-Free Press Erwin, The Erwin Record
Humboldt, The Chronicle Fairview, The Fairview Observer McMinnville, Southern Standard Chattanooga, Hamilton County Herald Greeneville, The Greeneville Sun
Martin, Weakley County Press Hohenwald, Lewis County Herald Murfreesboro, The Daily News Journal Cleveland, Cleveland Daily Banner Jefferson City, The Standard Banner
Milan, The Milan Mirror-Exchange Lawrenceburg, The Democrat-Union Shelbyville, Shelbyville Times-Gazette Dayton, The Herald-News, Ed Emens Johnson City, Johnson City Press
Paris, The Paris Post-Intelligencer Lewisburg, Marshall County Tribune Smithville, Smithville Review Dunlap, The Dunlap Tribune Jonesborough, Herald and Tribune
Tiptonville, The Lake County Banner Linden, Buffalo River Review Smithville, The Middle Tennessee Times Jasper, The Jasper Journal Kingsport, Kingsport Times-News
Trenton, The Herald Gazette Pulaski, The Giles Free Press Tracy City, Grundy County Herald Madisonville, The Democrat/Laker Morristown, Citizen Tribune
Union City, Union City Daily Messenger Pulaski, Pulaski Citizen Tullahoma, The Tullahoma News Pikeville, The Bledsonian-Banner Mountain City, The Tomahawk
District 9 director: Victor Parkins, Waynesboro, The Wayne County News Winchester, The Herald-Chronicle South Pittsburgh, South Pittsburgh Hustler Newport, The Newport Plain Talk
The Milan Mirror-Exchange District 7 director: Hulon Dunn, Woodbury, Cannon Courier Sweetwater, Monroe County Advocate & Democrat Rogersville, Rogersville Review
Lewis County Herald, Hohenwald District 5 director: Dennis Stanley, District 3 director: Tom Overton, District 1 director: Keith Wilson,
Smithville Review Monroe County Advocate & Democrat, Sweetwater Kingsport Times-News
Alamo, The Crockett Times DISTRICT 8 DISTRICT 6 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 2
Bartlett, Bartlett Express Bolivar, The Bolivar Bulletin-Times Ashland City, Ashland City Times Nashville, Nashville Record Byrdstown, Pickett County Press Livingston, Livingston Enterprise Clinton, The Courier-News
Brownsville, The States-Graphic Camden, The Camden Chronicle Clarksville, The Leaf-Chronicle Nashville, The Tennessean Carthage, Carthage Courier Livingston, Overton County News Harriman, The Harriman Record
Collierville, Collierville Herald Henderson, Chester County Independent Dickson, The Dickson Herald Portland, The Portland Leader Celina, Citizen-Statesman Oneida, Independent Herald Kingston, The Roane County News
Cordova, The Cordova Beacon Huntingdon, Carroll County News-Leader Dover, The Stewart-Houston Times Springﬁeld, Robertson County Times Cookeville, Herald-Citizen Oneida, Scott County News Knoxville, The Knoxville Journal
Covington, The Covington Leader Jackson, The Jackson Sun Gallatin, The News-Examiner Waverly, The News-Democrat Crossville, Crossville Chronicle Red Boiling Springs, Macon County Chronicle Knoxville, News Sentinel
Germantown, Germantown News Jackson, Jackson Today Lebanon, The Lebanon Democrat District 6 director: Clint Brewer, Gainesboro, Jackson County Sentinel Sparta, The Expositor Lenoir City, The News-Herald
Halls, The Halls Graphic Lexington, The Lexington Progress Lebanon, The Wilson Post The Lebanon Democrat Hartsville, The Hartsville Vidette Spencer, The Mountain View Maryville, The Daily Times
Memphis, The Commercial Appeal McKenzie, The McKenzie Banner Mt. Juliet, Mt. Juliet News Jamestown, Fentress Courier Wartburg, Morgan County News Maynardville, The Union News Leader
Memphis, The Daily News Parsons, The News Leader Jellico, Jellico Advance-Sentinel District 4 director: Bill Shuster, Oak Ridge, The Oak Ridger
Memphis, Memphis Business Journal Savannah, The Courier Lafayette, Macon County Times Herald-Citizen, Cookeville Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Star Journal
Millington, The Millington Star Selmer, Independent-Appeal LaFollette, LaFollette Press Rockwood, The Rockwood Times
Ripley, The Lauderdale County Enterprise District 8 director: Dennis Richardson,
TPA welcomes new members Sevierville, The Mountain Press
Ripley, The Lauderdale Voice Carroll County News-Leader, Seymour, The Smoky Mountain Herald
Somerville, Fayette County Review Huntingdon Tazewell, The Claiborne Progress
Somerville, The Fayette Falcon Jackson Today District 2 director: Kevin Burcham,
District 10 director: Jay Albrecht, The News-Herald, Lenoir City
The Covington Leader The Knoxville Journal
10 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
in Career Fair
UT’s Career Fair on Oct. 26 drew
six newspapers, a magazine and
the Tennessee Press Association,
represented by Greg Sherrill, executive
director, and Robyn Gentile, member
services manager, to the campus in
Knoxville. Students called at various
booths to learn about the participants
and to check for potential internships Johnny Teglas, left, and Terri Likens of The Roane
and jobs. The fair had a total of 24 County News, Kingston
PHOTOS BY ROBYN GENTILE
From left,Tajuana Hughlett, Kris Snoke and Eric Janssen ofThe Commercial AND GREG SHERRILL | TPA
Georgiana Vines, UT instructor, and Mark Kennedy, Chattanooga Times Christy Simpson and Mark Cox, Citizen Tribune, Students check out the News Sentinel, Knoxville,
Free Press Morristown booth.
TPAers judge Mississippi ad contest
Staff members from Tennessee newspapers met Nov. 18 in
Nashville to judge the advertising contest of the Mississippi
Press Association. The judging was coordinated by Robyn
Gentile, TPA member services manager, who was assisted by
PHOTOS BY ROBYN GENTILE | TPA
Keith McCormick, Herald-Citizen, Cookeville,
From left, Sissy Smith, Shelbyville and Roger Wells, The Lebanon Democrat
Times-Gazette; Judy Scantland, Macon
CountyTimes, Lafayette; Barbara Farm-
er, LewisburgTribune; and Hulon Dunn, Left, Carolyn Wilson, executive director of MPA, and
Lewis County Herald, Hohenwald Angelique Dunn, TPA, recording results
Judy Scantland, Macon County Times, Laura Dougherty, The Paris Post-Intel-
Lafayette, and Barbara Farmer, Lewis- Barbara Farmer, Lewisburg Tribune, and Sissy Valerie Laprad, left, and Faye Weichman, Middle ligencer, and Sissy Smith, Shelbyville
burg Tribune Smith, Shelbyville Times-Gazette Tennessee Times, Smithville Times-Gazette
DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 11
Reported Sunshine Law violations increasing
The number of reported Sunshine Law violations of city attorneys, city and county of those ofﬁces have any jurisdiction ﬁnance director. When the private meetings were
in Tennessee is increasing rapidly, a just-completed mayors and citizens questioning the under the Sunshine Law, so protests exposed, the committee started over, but there was
survey by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Gov- legality of meetings. fall on deaf ears. a problem: only three of the 13 original applicants
ernment shows, with more and more complaints Complaints included reports of In Nashville, Athens, Franklin, were interested in being interviewed. It’s costing lo-
coming from unlikely sources. elected bodies using public e-mail Clarksville, Blount and Hamilton cal government in some cases. In Savannah, the City
The survey included a review of newspaper accounts to discuss public business counties, public ofﬁcials were found Commission agreed to pay its ﬁred city manager an
reports provided by the Tennessee Press Service’s without sharing the information to be using e-mail to get around extra month’s pay after his wife accused three com-
clipping service and reports made directly to TCOG. with their constituents, meetings the Sunshine Law. In Nashville, missioners of acting in an unannounced meeting.
It found the following: where little or no notice was given the practice continued despite The Daily Herald in Columbia reported in Septem-
•115 reports of suspected violations between Jan. in advance, “pre-meetings” where the TENNESSEE repeated warnings from the city’s ber that the Maury County Board of Education met
1, 2003 and Oct. 31, 2005. All but six involved city and agenda is discussed before the group law department that their actions in private to discuss “a legal matter.” A 20-year-old
county boards and commissions and committees goes into session, votes quickly and COALITION violate the law. Supreme Court decision allows public bodies to go
covered by the state’s open meetings act. leaves the public in the dark on the FOR OPEN In some towns and cities, ofﬁcials into secret sessions to receive information from
•45 of the reports came during the ﬁrst 10 months debate, and cases of secret ballots argue that their deliberations do not their lawyer about pending litigation or in situa-
of this year–an average of one a week, but the most being used to make important and GOVERNMENT violate the law because no votes were tions where some legal controversy may be brewing.
troubling part of the statistics showed an increase sometimes controversial decisions. taken. So, their argument goes, they They’re not supposed to discuss or vote on anything
of 45 percent in the number of reports when the In February of this year, the attor- Frank Gibson don’t have to announce the meetings behind closed doors.
ﬁrst 10 months of 2005 reports are compared with ney for the White House in advance and they don’t A citizen who didn’t know any better might have
all of 2003; 31 were reported in all of 2003, and 39 Board of Mayor and Al- have to disclose what taken the “legal matter” excuse and gone away, but
came in 2004. dermen apologized to The they’re meeting about. The Daily Herald checked and found that no lawyer
Many stories were just the initial reports with no News-Examiner in Galla- Gibson is executive director of the Ten- In one case, the Lawrence was present in the meeting.
followup on what happened after the legality of a tin because his clients met nessee Coalition for Open Government. County Commission was That case illustrates one of two things: either the
meeting was challenged, but the number is probably the day before without his One can contact him at email@example.com; accused of having unan- exemption is still misunderstood two decades after
conservative since it includes only those meetings knowledge and ordered a (615) 202-2685; or TCOG, P. O. Box 22248, nounced “pre-meetings.” the courts established it, or elected ofﬁcials are
that reporters, editors and citizens knew about and reporter to leave the meet- Nashville, Tenn. 37202. For more information That prompted the county violating it intentionally out of convenience and
reported. There’s no doubt that if we counted all ing. The BMA had met to on Tennessee’s government access laws and mayor to remind a re- because nothing can be done about it.
the calls that came into Rick Hollow’s TPA Legal discuss applications for a list of Sunshine Law problems reported in porter that there are no South Carolina has an attorney-client exemption
Hotline during the same period, the number would city administrator. Add- Tennessee newspapers over the past three penalties for violating in its law. In a recent survey of South Carolina of-
be even higher. ing insult to injury, White years, go to www.tcog.info. the law, so there’s no big ﬁcials by the press association and the Associated
The reports came from the smallest towns and the House ofﬁcials had refused deal. Press, one of every four public ofﬁcials acknowl-
largest cities, but perhaps the most interesting trend earlier that day to release a list of applications, The survey found sev- edged discussing other business when they were
was the number of cases where members of local which were clearly public record. eral cases of elected bodies voting by secret ballot, behind closed doors in lawyer-client meetings.
boards, commissions and city councils complained In Unicoi County, the county Economic Develop- evaluating the local school director by submitting The results of the TCOG survey and the poor show-
they had been excluded from discussions of impor- ment Board cancelled a meeting when a reporter unsigned performance reviews, determining how ing of public agencies in last year’s public records
tant public business by fellow elected ofﬁcials. showed up. much of a pay raise to give its top administrator audit may provide some clue as to what the results
In the past, suspected Sunshine Law violations The survey showed that citizens are getting more by having board members send their written would be if we asked that question here.
were reported only by reporters and editors who aggressive in challenging unannounced meetings, recommendations out of county to a state agency
didn’t see them as inside baseball or something though there is little they can do except to take the to be tabulated and returned. FRANK GIBSON is executive director of the
that only journalists cared about. Nowadays, more body to court. That costs money citizens don’t have In Claiborne County, the local paper reported Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and a
papers are reporting them because the stories reﬂect or don’t want to spend. Frustration is cheaper, so that the county commission voted to ask the longtime editor and reporter at The Tennessean
conﬂict between the citizens and their government. you don’t see many suits. county mayor to resign. A source on the commis- in Nashville. TCOG is a press and public alliance
I’ve known cases which weren’t reported because Unlike the public records act, the Sunshine Law sion reported that 16 of the 21 members voted for dedicated to improving and preserving Tennessee’s
reporters and editors didn’t have the time or good doesn’t allow citizens to get their legal fees reim- the motion. The vote was taken by secret ballot. open government laws. One can reach him at
enough sources to ﬁnd out what happened inside bursed. They have no place to go for legal advice The Jackson Sun reported that a Madison firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (615) 202-2685. Find
private gatherings, so they avoided the embarrass- and no place to complain, although some have ﬁled County Commission committee held a series of other resources on the Coalition’s Web site: www.
ment of what they perceived to be weakness. complaints with the governor’s ofﬁce, the state unannounced meetings earlier this year to pick tcog.info.
Our survey found 31 examples (14 this year alone) comptroller and the local district attorney. None a fellow commissioner to become the county’s
A Pennsylvania native, Bennett had munity news and main copy desk. She positions at the News & Advance, the Project. She met her future husband,
Sharon J. Arms resided in Maryville many years, and served as president of the Knoxville Las Vegas Sun, The Leaf-Chronicle, Robert H. Dyer, there. She worked at The
Former DPA employee he was a 1950 graduate of Maryville Newspaper Guild. Clarksville, and The News-Examiner in Oak Ridger from 1975 to 1978.
College. Reared in Geraldine, Ala., she gradu- Gallatin. Brooks retired in 2002. She leaves three sons, Lawrence A.
Sharon Jean Arms, an employee of He was a member of the Knoxville ated from Auburn University in 1985. He worked for his community in many Dyer of Snellville, Ga., Richard D.
The Daily Post-Athenian, Athens, for chapter of the American Newspaper Before joining the News Sentinel, ways, including service on the Sumner Dyer of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Dean P.
16 years, died Sept. 23 at her home in Guild and a former president of the she worked on several newspapers in Foundation Board of Directors. Dyer of Oak Ridge; six grandchildren
Cleveland. She was 47. Clinton Optimist Club. Alabama and Pennsylvania and for USA Brooks loved knowledge and was an and six great-grandchildren; and her
She leaves her husband, Randy P. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Ilda; a Today. She had been at the Ledger-En- expert on Greek and Roman history and former husband.
Arms; children, Tessa Smithy of Cleve- son, Duncan G. Bennett; three daugh- quirer since 2000, ﬁrst as a copy editor the War Between the States.
land, Candace Hewitt of Cookeville, ters, Rosalind Magnuson, Rebecca Ann and page designer and since about 18 He leaves his wife, Martha (Marty)
Summer Hughes of Carrollton, Ky. and Bennett and Adrienne Bennett; and months ago, as a police reporter. Brooks of Gallatin, and two daughters, Aloda G. Gentry
Tomorrow Brock of Panama City Beach, three grandchildren. She leaves her husband, Paul Bennett, Tammy Dawn Brooks of Henderson, Courier correspondent
Fla.; and four grandchildren. and a son, Cody. Nev. and Emily Margaret Brooks of
Gallatin. Aloda Gwaltney Gentry, longtime
Melanie Bennett columnist for the Carthage Courier, died
Duncan C. Bennett Former copy editor Frederick Brooks Sept. 14 in Lebanon. She was 86.
Former editor Retired publisher Mary Cunningham Gentry’s ﬁnal column appeared a
Melanie Bennett, a former copy edi- Once with Oak Ridger week after her death. She was a native
Duncan C. Bennett, former newspa- tor with the News Sentinel, Knoxville, Frederick (Fred) Brooks, former pub- of Donelson and a homemaker. She was
per editor, died Nov. 17 at his home in died Oct. 25 at her home in Columbus, lisher of The News-Examiner, Gallatin, Mary Ruth Cunningham Dyer of a member of Brush Creek United Meth-
Maryville. He was 80. Ga. She was 42. died Nov. 14. He was 57. Weston, W.Va. died of cancer Sept. 15 odist Church, where she had served as
He was news editor of The Knoxville Bennett was a reporter at the Colum- He began his career in newspapers in Morgan, W.Va. She was 80. communion coordinator and a Sunday
News-Sentinel and the Clinton Courier- bus Ledger-Enquirer. She worked at the as a proof runner at the News & Daily A West Virginia native, she moved to school teacher.
News and served as public relations News Sentinel from 1994 until 2000 as Advance in Lynchburg, Va. Through the Oak Ridge in 1943 to work as an admin-
director at Maryville College. a sports department copy editor, com- succeeding years, he ﬁlled management istrative assistant in the Manhattan SEE OBITUARIES, PAGE 12
12 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
SCAMA schedules 2006 conference OBITUARIES
FROM PAGE 11
The Southern Classiﬁed Advertising of SCAMA. To learn more about the askee, Jesse Shockley and Matthew achievement award from the Newspa-
Managers Association (SCAMA) will
hold its annual conference Feb. 10
conference, one can consult the Web
site, www.scama.org, or contact Hugh
Moore, Chattanooga Times Free Press;
Tanya Hensley and Pam Gosnell, The
Thomas F Jones
. per Special Sections Network for his
contributions to newspaper special
through 15, 2006 in Mobile, Ala. J. Rushing, executive ofﬁcer, at (205) Greeneville Sun; Lee Hugenard, Citizen Was with Tennessean sections and specialty publications. He
Headquarters will be the River View 823-3448 or email@example.com. Tribune, Morristown; and Joi Whaley, spoke not about his battle with cancer,
Plaza Hotel. The Web site lists SCAMA members The Mountain Press, Sevierville. Thomas F. (Tom) Jones, who was but about ways that newspapers can
Managers from 17 states are members from Tennessee as being Mike Mach- retired from The Tennessean, Nash- use their position and inﬂuence within
ville, died Oct. 15 after a long illness. each of their communities to make a
He was 70. difference in the ﬁght against cancer. He
The Nashville native leaves his wife of made the plea that everyone go back to
49 years, Betty; a daughter, Sandra; a son, their publications and initiate cancer-
Thomas Scott; and a grandson. related efforts such as special sections,
specialty publications and special event
Andrew Shapiro Metro Creative Graphics is establish-
Metro principal ing a foundation in Shapiro’s name
that will bring together the efforts of
Andrew E. Shapiro, who commit- publications everywhere that want to
ted his adult life help make a difference. “As an industry
to newspapers we have the resources and inﬂuence
through the busi- that makes this possible,” said a state-
ness his grandfather ment from Metro. “Once established,
began in 1910, Metro the purpose of the foundation will be
Creative Graphics, to raise funds for cancer research that
died Oct. 24 after a will be donated to the American Cancer
two-year battle with Society and Canadian Cancer Society,”
cancer. He was 63. it said. Information on tax-deductible
In August, Shapiro Shapiro donations to the foundation will be
accepted a lifetime available soon from Metro.
DECEMBER 1955 DECEMBER 1980
The Inter American Press Associ- The 1981 UT-TPA Press Association
ation’s new president was James G. Press Institute was to open with a speech
Stahlman, publisher of the Nashville by Roland Weeks Jr., president of the
Banner. Freedom of the press was the Southern Newspaper Publishers Asso-
main objective of the organization. ciation, and close with one by Michael
Frank Robinson, ad director of Gartner, president of the Des Moines
Bristol Newspapers, returned to his Register and Tribune Co.
hometown to become publisher of the A newspaper has “not only the right
Elizabethton Star. but the duty to print the names of
Clyde B. Emert, owner-publisher of juveniles” when they are involved in
The Maryville Alcoa Times since it was newsworthy events, a Lebanon judge
a weekly back in 1915, sold the newspa- said in a ruling favoring The Lebanon
per to Tutt S. Bradford, then publisher Democrat in a $75,000 libel suit. The
of the Bristol Herald Courier. Bradford case involved the shooting death of a
severed his connection with Bristol and cab driver and the involvement of a
became publisher of the Times. teenage girl.
Checks came from all over the state, Zelma Copeland was the subject of a
particularly from small newspapers, in “Meet Your TPA Staff ” feature in The
response to a solicitation for sustaining Tennessee Press. A 20-year veteran of
members of the National Editorial TPA, she was the ofﬁce manager.
Association. Tom Franklin was named publisher of
Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of The Lexington Progress by his mother,
the New York Times the past 20 years, Kathleen Franklin, owner and widow of
became publisher of The Chattanooga W.T. (Jew) Franklin, who had died.
“The freedom to have a contrary view all about. So far.”
is what freeexpression in American is Burl Osborne, publisher, 1991
TPA Legal Hotline
has new telephone number
Rick Hollow, TPA’s general counsel and provider of the TPA
legal hotline service, has established a new ﬁrm—
Hollow & Hollow, LLC.
His new telephone number is (865) 769-1715.
DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 13
Pepe named publisher of The Commercial Appeal Chairman continues review
n e w s p a p e r
dynamic local news organizations in
America for many years to come,”
said Richard A. Boehne, executive
and leading strategic planning and
marketing efforts. He was advertising
director for The Times from 1991 to
of circulation categories
e x e c u t iv e w i t h vice president for Scripps and head 1995. BY ANGEL GRESHAM ability to show your “fun” side! Use this
an extensive of the company’s newspaper division. Pepe left Howard Publications and Circulation director category to showcase your willingness
background in “Joe Pepe has the energy, creativity The Times in 1999 to become publisher Shelbyville Times-Gazette to provide creative innovativeness in
strategic business and experience necessary to guide of the San Bernardino (Calif.) Sun, your market!
planning, marketing that great newspaper to continued where he guided the newspaper’s Every day circulation directors Some of the items you need to send
and adver tising journalistic and economic success in transition as part of the Los Angeles struggle to reinvent the wheel with with your entry are:
s a l e s, h a s b e e n Pepe this adventuresome chapter of media Newspaper Group, which had just been single copy promotions, home delivery •ROP ads showing the contests rules
named president history.” created by MediaNews Group Inc. promotions and third party deals that and regulations
and publisher of The Commercial Suburban Journals of St. Louis From 1984 to 1991, Pepe served not only will grow numbers, but also •Rack cards promoting the contest
Appeal, Memphis. The appointment was owned and operated by Pulitzer in a variety of roles with Gannett increase readership for our respective •Pictures of your winners
was effective Nov. 3. The Commercial Inc. until June, when Pulitzer was Co., including corporate director of newspapers. It is these creative efforts •Pictures of banners used for the
Appeal is owned and operated by The acquired by Lee Enterprises. Pepe customer service; president and chief that fuel the TPA Advertising/Circula- promotion
E. W. Scripps Co. managed the transition resulting operating ofﬁcer at The Tennessean, tion Ideas Contest. •Details on how the winners were
Pepe comes to Memphis from the from Pulitzer’s acquisition of the Nashville; vice president and general Our efforts this year are geared chosen
Suburban Journals of St. Louis, community newspaper group in 2000. manager at the El Paso (Texas) Times; toward increasing entries and •Be sure to include the dates of the
a group of 38 weekly newspapers Before joining Suburban Journals, and president and publisher of The excitement for the contest. This month promotion
and three niche magazines with 420 Pepe worked eight years for Howard Bellingham (Wa.) Herald. is the third installment of detailing Best Retention Program
employees and a combined circulation Publications Inc. and for The Times, Pepe, 49, has a bachelor’s degree in entry categories to ward off some of Circulation budgets always contain a
of 1.2 million. Pepe served as president the company’s newspaper in Munster, journalism from the University of the confusion the many categories “start pressure” budget which usually
of Suburban Journals of St. Louis Ind. From 1991 to 1999 he was corporate Oklahoma. He has taught in the executive create. This month the highlighted seems unreachable. Circulation direc-
since 2000. During his tenure, he director of advertising and marketing program at Northwestern University’s categories are: tors use kiosks, sales crews, carrier
was credited with increasing the for Howard Publications, advising 17 Medill School of Journalism and •Best Bulk Promotion promotion and many other vehicles to
community newspaper g roup’s daily newspaper publishers and their participated in executive development •Best Reader Contest obtain the number of starts needed to
operating efficiencies, improving marketing managers on organizational and management seminars at the •Best Subscriber Retention Pro- meet the start budget. This category
the content and graphic design of its development, strate gic g rowth American Press Institute. gram highlights the best efforts to KEEP those
publications, expanding advertising initiatives, budgeting, staffing and Pepe succeeds John Wilcox, who Best Bulk Promotion starts. This is all about retention, not
market share and achieving double- operations. In 1995 he took on added earlier this year was named publisher Party sales is deﬁned as copies or acquisition!
digit revenue and proﬁt growth. responsibilities as senior associate of The San Francisco Examiner. subscriptions purchased in quanti- Have you and your staff devised a
“We believe The Commercial Appeal publisher at The Times, serving as the In Tennesse. Scripps also owns the ties of 11 or more which promote the method of keeping your customers
can be one of the most relevant and newspaper’s chief operating officer News Sentinel, Knoxville. professional or business interests of rather than churning them? Have you
the purchaser. All copies bought by worked with your customer service to
Scantland becomes Macon County Times publisher hotels or restaurants for free distribu-
tion to their guests and by sponsors
create customer contact that increases
your retention rate rather than your
for free distribution to hospital churn rate? Have you implemented
Judy Scantland who retired. ers Association, Women’s Council of patients and nursing home residents, a plan that details the importance of
was recently named After a three-year departure from the Homebuilders, Noon Exchange Club irrespective of the number of copies, saving a customer rather than getting a
publisher of The Ma- newspaper industry, Scantland said she and other organizations. would qualify as third party sales. new one? If you have, then you have an
con County Times, is excited about working at the paper She also works with Habitat for Hu- There are two types of third party entry for this category! Show off your
Lafayette. She began and in the community. To boost the manity, the Arthritis Association and sales, direct and sponsored. Direct sales talents in customer service as well as
serving in the posi- publication, Scantland said she hopes to the American Red Cross. She serves on may be deﬁned as those sales involv- your commitment to your customers.
tion on Oct. 17. come up with different ways to package the board of directors of the Rutherford ing the purchase of copies where the Some of the items you can use for this
Scantland, a Ruth- Scantland local interest stories and report ac- County American Cancer Society, is purchaser controls all aspects of the category are as follows:
erford County native, curately newsworthy happenings. She president of the Rutherford County distribution. •Postcards sent to new subscrib-
is a 29-year veteran also said she has plans to work closely Sheriff ’s Citizens Alumni Association Direct third party sales involve ers or to subscribers who have had
of the newspaper business. She brings with advertisers. and incident commander for the Com- a single purchaser of newspapers service issues
with her experience from The Tennes- Scantland is an associate member munity Emergency Response Team for a speciﬁc event or distribution •Welcome or miss-you letters to
sean, Nashville, and The Daily News of the Middle Tennessee Association through the Rutherford County Emer- program. your customers
Journal, Murfreesboro. of Realtors, Women’s Council of Real- gency Management Association. Sponsored sales may be deﬁned as •Interofﬁce signage promoting good
Scantland replaces Truett Langston, tors, Rutherford County Homebuild- In her leisure time, she enjoys be- those sales involving the solicitation retention efforts
ing with her grandchildren, Taylor of funds from more than one sponsor •Carrier memos or ﬂyers reﬂecting
and Faith Westbrooks, and attending for contribution to a speciﬁc third party a commitment to retention efforts
TRACKS sporting events with her family and sales program. An example of this type •Reward programs geared toward
friends. of sale is when subscriber “vacation customer retention efforts
The Seymour Herald recently hired public relations manager for Blount donation” monies are contributed to a You will also need to submit:
two full-time staff members and two Memorial Hospital, Maryville, has been Meals-on-Wheels program. •Circulation size
interns. Lawana Lavrrar joined the
staff as an advertising account repre-
named director of communications on
the University of Tennessee System
AP provides stories Some of the items you need to send
with your entry are but not limited to
sentative. Earlier she worked for the
Democrat News in Fredericktown, Mo.
staff. Stafford joined Blount Memorial
in 1999 after six years with the News
on open meetings the following:
•ROP ads detailing the program
•Length of promotion
•Any other information detailing
Darrin Devault was hired as marketing Sentinel. The Associated Press has made a •Letters sent to potential sponsors your subscriber retention efforts
director and also lends support to the “Gina Stafford’s broad-based knowl- package of stories on the increase of •Flyers distributed promoting the Contests are usually very exciting,
editorial staff. Most recently he was edge and experience in publicrelations Open Meetings Law violations available program and this year’s Ideas Contest should not
public relations director and journal- and print reporting will make her a to all Tennessee newspapers. •Rack cards used promoting the be any different! Begin gathering your
ism instructor at Northwest Missis- key person on our team,” said Hank A year after a statewide public records program entry ideas now so you will not miss
sippi Community College. He earned Dye, UT’s vice president for public audit found that one-third of govern- •Bill stuffers used a chance to win for your newspaper!
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from and governmental relations. “We are ment agencies denied access to public •Direct mail pieces Remember to be creative and, most of
the University of Memphis and served pleased that she’ll be joining us in our records, another disturbing trend has Best Reader Contest all, have fun with all of it. I look forward
as an adjunct instructor. efforts to tell the UT story.” been identiﬁed in Tennessee’s open gov- Reader contest are promotions that to seeing and hearing all of the great
Casey McMahan is serving as an Before her promotion to public rela- ernment laws. The number of suspected get our readers active in the product. ideas in April.
editorial intern. He is a journalism tions manager at Blount Memorial in violations of the state’s open meetings Reader contests are not judged by the
major at the University of Tennessee, 2003, Stafford worked as a public rela-
tions coordinator with the hospital for
law has increased dramatically over the “prize” given, but the creativity and Metro offers content free
Knoxville. Brandon L. Jones also past three years, a new report says. freshness of the promotion. Reader
joined the editorial staff as an intern. four years. Stafford began her career as Embargoed for publication until contest can be geared toward younger Hispanic PR Wire and Metro Creative
He is a student at Pellissippi State Com- a journalist at the News Sentinel in 1993. Nov. 28, the package was posted on the readers, older readers, new subscrib- Graphics and Editorial Services are
munity College. She covered health care and general as- Tennessee Coalition for Open Govern- ers or even the loyal customer base providing a database of imagery and
Gina Stafford, former News Sentinel, signment news for six years and wrote ment Web site, www.tcog.info, and is that we all have. The best aspect of photography. The service is at www.
Knoxville, reporter and most recently a twice-monthly ﬁtness column. still available. reader contest is that you have the ContextoLatino.com.
14 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
Exciting future in store for newspaper training HOW TO CONTACT US
Tennessee Press Association
BY KEVIN SLIMP to look at other types of training, in of training. It might be of interest to classes led by re-
TPS technology director addition to regional training events note that the TPS staff investigated a nowned instructors Mail: 435 Montbrook Lane,
and other training opportunities our as- similar idea almost six years ago, but in state of the art lab Knoxville, TN 37919
Tennessee Press sociation offers on an ongoing basis. many of our members were still using environments.
Association has Art Ridgway, Knoxville News Senti- dialup Internet service at the time. I’ve grown to ap- Phone: (865) 584-5761
achieved a repu- nel, brought up the idea of online train- Testing is going well and I anticipate preciate our pro-
tation for leading ing over the Internet. He mentioned rolling out online training over the tn- gram even more of Fax: (865) 558-8687
the way when it how difﬁcult it is for staff members to press.com Web site within the next few late as I’ve visited
comes to techni- leave for a full day to attend training in months. We’ll keep you posted. other campuses to Web: www.tnpress.com
cal training in the another city. Ridgway suggested that INT has record session lead training events
newspaper indus- offering training that could be accessed It’s difﬁcult to imagine we’re already for other press asso- E-mail: (name)@tnpress.com
try, and exciting on the computer desktop might be of making plans for the 2006 session of the ciations. Our facili-
changes are in store Slimp great beneﬁt to our newspapers. Other Institute of Newspaper Technology. ties and instructors Those with boxes, listed
as we look toward committee members chimed in with Over the past few days, I’ve received are unmatched. alphabetically:
the future. similar comments. requests from publishers in several Here is a sampling
Scott Critchlow, Union City Daily Over the past few months, I’ve been states who are looking for information of responses from Laurie Alford (lalford)
Messenger, chairs the Technology Com- testing options in online training to concerning next year’s session. the 2005 Institute
mittee of Tennessee Press Association. see what might work for our group. We ended up with a total of 63 partici- evaluations: Pam Corley (pcorley)
At our meeting in February, members The Technology Committee suggested pants in the October 2005 Institute. “I can’t think of a
of the committee, representing news- short, weekly training sessions based Representing newspapers spanning thing that would im- Moody Castleman
papers of all sizes across the state, took on offering one skill or tip in newspaper from Edmonton (Alberta) and Saska- prove the Institute. (mcastleman)
part in a vocal discussion concerning pagination or a related subject. With toon (Saskatchewan) in Canada to New My only regret is
steps we could take to make training high-speed Internet access becoming York and Vermont in the Northeast to that I didn’t bring my Angelique Dunn (adunn)
even more accessible to our members. commonplace among our newspapers, Colorado in the West and most of the entire staff !”—Matt
A common theme seemed to be the need the time seems right to initiate this type Southern states, the Institute included Yeager, publisher, Beth Elliott (belliott)
Board approves SP Contests changes W.Va.
“What a fabulous
session! This expe-
Robyn Gentile (rgentile)
Kelley Hampton (khampton)
Six changes to the State Press Contests entry. (Personal sports columns would rience opened my world with so much
includes staff names with nomination Kathy Hensley (khensley)
were approved Nov. 12 by the Tennessee not qualify and should be entered in the focus. Keep up the fantastic work!”—Pam
Press Association Board of Directors. “personal column” category.) O’Donnell, production manager, Man-
B. Individual names, when provided, Barry Jarrell (bjarrell)
The changes were recommended by 4. Number of entries. For writ- chester, N.H.
will be recognized in the awards presen-
the Contests Committee. Henry Stokes, ing awards, newspapers may submit “I should have started this years ago!”—
tation in a format that does not lengthen Brenda Mays (bmays)
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, up to two entries (reﬂecting the work Dick Plum, publisher, Ripley, W.Va.
the ceremony. The method of doing this,
chairman, presented the committee’s product of two staff members) in each “The Institute was great! Lots of infor-
such as including names on PowerPoint Amanda Pearce (apearce)
report. category. mation at very affordable price. Weather
slides or awards ceremony programs,
The changes, effective with the 2006 5. Contest fees will rise from $7 to was great. Location fantastic. Instructors
will be a UT-TPA staff decision. Greg Sherrill (gsherrill)
contests, are as follows: $8 for each entry. The additional dol- were top notch! Does it get any better than
3. Contest category changes
1. Nomenclature. Standardize lar will either be paid to UT or used this?”—Unsigned Evaluation
A. Combine “general excellence” with Kevin Slimp (kslimp)
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DECEMBER 2005 The Tennessee Press 15
INT sessions Oct. 10-13
PHOTOS BY STEVE LAKE | PULASKI CITIZEN
Alan Mores, Harlan Newspapers, Harlan,
Lisa Grifﬁn, Ray Davis Co., Selma, Ala., and Deborah Goodwin, Iowa
From left, Leanne Metz, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, Edmonton, Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal
Alberta, Canada; Tina Kocher, Jackson Newspapers, Ripley, W.Va.; Lynn
Grillo, Adobe Systems, New York, N.Y.; and Deborah Goodwin, Selma
From left, Lawanda Fralix, Lewisburg; BlytheTomilson, Pulaski;
Danette Williams, Shelbyville; and Scott Stewart, Pulaski
Clockwise from left, John McNair, UT; Lisa Grifﬁn, Ray Davis Co., Selma, Ala.; Deborah Goodwin; Wendy
Stewart, Elizabethton Star; and Nathan Simpson, The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown, Ky.
Karl Kuntz, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Karl Kuntz, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Star, and Nathan
S i m p s o n ,
T h e Ke n t u ck y
Kevin Slimp speaks while David Leamon, Times Beacon Record Newspapers, East Setauket, N.Y., left, and Scott Standard,
Stewart, Pulaski Citizen, listen. Bardstown, Ky.
16 The Tennessee Press DECEMBER 2005
Mailings coming from TPA
Be on the lookout for two mailings something additional, someone can call
this month from the Tennessee Press Robyn Gentile, (865) 584-5761, or e-mail
Association. her at email@example.com.
Statements for 2006 dues, along with
press cards and auto decals, and will Free ﬂow
be mailed ﬁrst. Toward the end of the “The signing away of First Amend-
month, TPA will mail directories and ment rights continues unabated.”
As always, if a newspaper needs
Journalism professor, 1993
Editors, reporters from our Staff!
and ad staff members, Accounting
heads up! Seated: Brenda Mays, accounting services
representative and Kathy Hensley, accounting
Standing: Laurie Alford, business controller
Yesterday would’ve been a good day Y
to begin reserving copies
of editorial matter, photos and ads K
that might be entered
2006 UT-TPA State Press Contests. Clipping
Seated: Mary Byers, reader and Brenda
If you didn’t do that, how about today? Leek, tabber
Standing: Jeanie Bell, reader; Beth Elliott,
network advertising manager/ clipping
The deadline for entry bureau manager; Holly Craft, reader and
Linda Johnson, reader
is coming in less than
three months—Feb. 18!
Seated: Barry Jarrell, director of
advertising and Moody Castle-
Ad and circulation man, new business development
Standing: Amanda Pearce, print
staff members, media buyer; Pam Corley, senior
print media buyer; Kelley Hamp-
ton, print media buyer and Jackie
heads up! Roberson, tearsheeter
Yesterday would’ve been a good day Member Services
Seated: Robyn Gentile, member
to begin reserving copies services manager and Angelique
Dunn, administrative assistant
of ad and circulation materials Standing: Kevin Slimp, director
that might be entered of technology and Greg Sherrill,
in the Inset: Elenora Edwards, manag-
Advertising/Circulation Ideas Contest. The Tennessee
If you didn’t do that, how about today?
The deadline for entry
is coming in less than
two months—Jan. 20!