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Tennessee High School Press Association


Student-media contest is underway!

THSPA's annual student-media contest is now live. 

Our annual contest has 56 individual and overall categories in newspaper/newsmagazine, yearbook, literary magazine, broadcast and multimedia.

The submission deadline will be Jan. 14, 2023.

The contest is open to all 2022-2023 THSPA members. If you haven't yet joined for this year, there's still time! Go to the "Join THSPA."

This year we're streamlining the contest a bit. The biggest difference is that all entries will be submitted via a link instead of a file. This will make it easier to share the entries with the judges and will alleviate the problem of storage space for Lipscomb's servers. The National Scholastic Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and other organizations across the country use this model for their contests.

Therefore, schools will need to use Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive to host and make public the entries. Then, you'll need to create a link for each file. Broadcast and multimedia entries may be linked from the staff's website, YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.

Here are a few dates to keep in mind:

  • Postmark deadline for joining THSPA: Dec. 31, 2022
  • Deadline for submitting all individual-category entries: 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
  • Deadline for postmarking all Overall Newspaper/Newsmagazine, Best Overall Yearbook, Best Overall Literary Magazine as well as the student/adviser/administrator of the year nominations: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
  • Our office will email invoices based on all of your entries by Tuesday, Jan. 17
  • Deadline for postmarking check for your entries: Jan. 31, 2023


2021 Awards Day results


Congratulations to the finalists in this year's student-media contest. You can find the individual-contest winners on our Contests page.

Superlative awards

  • Administrator of the Year: Roger White, principal, Columbia Central High School
  • Bonnie Hufford Outstanding Student Media Adviser: Michael Ellson, Christ Presbyterian Academy
  • H. L. Hall Outstanding Student Journalist: Esha Karam, University School of Nashville

Overall awards

  • Best Overall Website: The Central Digest, Chattanooga Central High School
  • Best Overall Newspaper/Newsmagazine: Logos, Harpeth Hall School
  • Best Overall Yearbook: Lion's Roar, Christ Presbyterian Academy
  • Mark Madison Best Overall Television Station: WBHS 9, Brentwood High School


Bonnie Hufford, former THSPA director, passes away

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Bonnie Hufford, former THSPA director. But we're glad that she could inspire scholastic journalists from Tennessee one more time last year, at our Fall Workshop.

Bonnie, 66, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee after a long battle with cancer.

Bonnie was born in Sidney, Ohio, on February 5, 1954. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1972. During her high school years, she worked as a reporter for the Sidney Daily News and was an organist at First Christian Church. She went on to receive her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Soon after receiving her degrees she taught at Normandy High in Parma, Ohio from 1976 to 1982. Bonnie joined the University of Tennessee College of Communication's faculty in 1985 and taught there for more than 30 years. She was named the college's Outstanding Faculty member for 1986-1987 and 1994-1995. She received the College's Favorite Professor Award (sponsored by the College of Education) in 1987 and over the years as a journalism instructor she became known as "Bonnie blue pen".

Bonnie worked hard to get students interested in journalism even before they reached college. She served as the director of the Tennessee High School Press Association for 21 years, and received the association's top honor for media advisers, which they named in her honor the "Bonnie L. Hufford Media Adviser of the Year Award".

Bonnie was dedicated to community service not just through her work at the university but also in her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. She received the St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society in 2013. This award is the society's most prestigious volunteer recognition for outstanding service to the community. She received the Mary Lasker Award from the American Cancer Society in 2014, with only five Hope Awards given to outstanding volunteers in Tennessee that year.

In addition, she received a YWCA Tribute to Women award in 2013 for outstanding public service in journalism and through her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. Also in 2013, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists named her the Front Page Follies honoree for her contributions to the profession in East Tennessee.

Tennessee Schools Sweep Regional NATAS Awards

Congratulations to the following advisers for their schools' nominations in the week's 17th annual MidSouth Student Production Awards, hosted by our region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Ronnie Adcock, Brentwood High School

Matt Balzer, Independence High School

Brian Bass, Nolensville High School

Michael Ellson, Christ Presbyterian Academy

Terry Flowers, Page High School

David Holt, Oakland High School

Allison Long, Germantown High School

Ashley McKinney, Centennial High School

Patrick Nichols, Summit High School

Barclay Randall, McGavock High School

Jessica Roberts, Arlington High School

Megan Sanchez, Ravenwood High School

Keri Thompson, Franklin High School

Anthony Young, Pearl-Cohn High School

NATAS has 19 regional chapters, and the MidSouth chapter encompasses Tennessee, North Carolina and northern Alabama. 

Tennessee schools swept this year's awards, which were announced on April 18. The entries are judged on the same criteria as the professional Emmy® Awards, with scores for content, creativity and execution. The winners can be found at the 17th annual MidSouth Student Production Awards. View the winners.

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