2012 TAPME Awards

The Associated Press
215 Centerview Dr.

Ste 110
Brentwood TN 37027



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Chief of Bureau

Adam Yeomans




The 2013 Tennessee AP Media Editors contest is designed to recognize Tennessee AP member newspapers and staffers for outstanding performance in journalism. The competition is open to all AP member newspapers in Tennessee and staffers employed by member newspapers at the time the entries were produced.  Entries must have been published in calendar 2012.

The entry deadline has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2013.


Entries must have been published in calendar year 2012. Any newspaper that is an AP member and receives the Tennessee AP news report may enter.

The cost is $20 per entry in Division I, $15 per entry in Division II and $10 per entry in Division III (except when paying via PayPal).  Newspapers should make one payment for all their story and photo entries. Individual entries are welcome as well, as long as the entrant is a full-time or part-time employee of a member paper.  Payment must be made with check, money order, cash or PayPal.

There will be first-, second- and third-place winners in each category for each of the three newspaper circulation classifications, except Malcolm Law Investigative Reporting.  There will only be a winner for Malcolm Law Investigative Reporting.


Division I: More than 50,000 daily (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga).

Division II: 15,001 to 50,000 daily (Bristol, Clarksville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Maryville, Morristown).

Division III: up to 15,000 daily (Athens, Cleveland, Columbia, Cookeville, Crossville, Dyersburg, Elizabethton, Greeneville, Lebanon, McMinnville, Memphis Daily News, Murfreesboro, Nashville Ledger, Oak Ridge, Paris, Sevierville, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Union City).

Up to five entries per category per newspaper will be accepted. The reporter or photographer must be a part- or full-time staffer of an AP member newspaper to be eligible.

Entry fees are payable upon entry. Payment can be made by check, cash, money order or PayPal.  If paying by PayPal, the fees are:  Div. I $21.50; Div. II $16.50; Div. III $11.00. 

Division I

Division II

Division III



Click here for printable version of categories and rules.

For detailed instructions on how to submit entries online, go to http://www.betterbnc.com.

Click here for detailed instructions.   PLEASE NOTE:  The first time you log in to the site to submit entries, the password is "bnc", all lower case.  You will then be prompted to change it.



STEP 1: Contestant organization's single point of contact (e.g. Editor, Station Manager) logs in for the first time

  1. Go to www.betterbnc.com, click "Contestant Login."
  2. Click "Contestant Manager," select appropriate Contest and Media Organization, enter temporary password of bnc, click "Submit."
  3. Select a new password and fill in rest of information
  4. Click "Submit Entry" to create entries.


STEP 2: Contestant validates Contestant Manager account

  1. After two entries are submitted (to verify against spam-bots and hackers), BetterBNC logs the Contestant out and notifies them that a validation email has been sent.
  2. The Contestant clicks the link in the validation email to validate the organization's account.
  3. After a successful validation, the Contestant is converted to Contestant Manager.

NOTE: If the validation email was not received, the Contestant should check their spam or junk email folder. If the email is not found, the Contest Admin can resend the validation email from the Admin/Contestant Managers page by clicking "Resend Verify Email" for that Contestant. If the email is still not received, the Contest Admin can forward the issue to BetterBNC Tech Support.


Checks should be made payable to:

2013 TAPME Competition
Associated Press
Attn: Delila Vassar
215 Centerview Drive, Suite 110
Brentwood, TN 37027


DAILY DEADLINE: Reporting and writing by an individual or a team on a daily deadline that reflects thorough coverage of a single news event. Each entry is limited to coverage from a single day.

FEATURES: A story, or collection or series of not more than three stories, written by an individual or team reporting on trends, personalities, travel, lifestyles or topics of human interest and not working on a daily deadline. The quality of writing will be the principal factor in judging.

SPORTS-OUTDOORS: A story, or collection of up to three stories, written by an individual reporting on sports-outdoors news. Columns will not be considered.

BUSINESS NEWS: A story, or collection or series of not more than three stories, written by an individual who is reporting on business news.

EDITORIALS: Three examples of unsigned opinion reflecting the institutional position of the newspaper and prepared substantially by the same writer.


MALCOLM LAW MEMORIAL AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:   The TAPME established the Malcolm Law Memorial Award in 1973 to honor Malcolm Law, associate editor of The Jackson Sun, who died in December 1972. The award honors the dedication of Law to the principles of TAPME and to the concept of The Associated Press as a news cooperative.

A story, or collection of not more than six stories on the same subject, prepared by an individual or a team and based primarily on original reporting. Stories may appear on a single day, in a consecutive series or in occasional reports reflecting continued investigation and new findings. Important factors will be the quality of the reporting and the importance of the findings to the public


WEBSITE:  Entries may be accompanied by brief statements of 100 words or less, directing the judges to a site’s key attributes and explaining how the site meets the criteria.  Web managers should provide passwords for protected sites, so the judges will have free access.  The judging will recognize general excellence, and should successfully fulfill the editorial mission, effectively serve its audience, maximize unique abilities of the Web and represent the highest journalistic standards.  Key attributes include excellence of content, multimedia components, pleasing design, ease of navigation and community tools. 

VIDEO: Video presentations from the newspaper’s website. This can be breaking news, feature packages or longer enterprise projects. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content, storytelling, technical and journalistic quality, and value to the reader. Entries should include URL or a disk with the video in an .mov file. Entry may include supporting stories from the print or online publications for context. One video constitutes an entry; videos must not be longer than 10 minutes.
MULTIMEDIA: Multimedia package from the newspaper’s website. This can be breaking news or a non-deadline subject. Package may include a mix of video, audio, slideshows, music, text, etc. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content in a variety of formats, reader interaction, ease of navigation, value to the reader. Entries should include URL.

SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) spot news photos taken by an individual or a team in the course of daily coverage of a single, unplanned and unscheduled event.

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) feature photos taken by an individual or team on the same subject. Photographs must be unposed, reflecting superior story-telling quality.

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY: A photograph or series of up to five (5) sports photos by an individual or team that increase understanding and appreciation for individual and team sports. Deadline or non-deadline.

PHOTO JOURNALISM: Recognizes effective telling of a story in pictures.  Use of several photos is required.  An entry may be a picture strip, feature page or any other combination of photography and text. 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT/BODY OF WORK IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Up to six photographs by the same person, showing a variety of work.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: A report, or collection of not more than five reports, produced by an individual or a team, that uses public records to shed light on an important community matter and to effect public policy change. Quality of reporting and writing will be considered along with the outcome or result of the reporting efforts. Entry may include supporting materials (explanatory note, follow-up stories) that demonstrate the results of the published or broadcast work. (One award will be selected among entries in ALL divisions and all entries will compete with entries in the Tennessee AP Broadcasters competition).

For questions, please contact Dee Vassar at 615-373-9988 or dvassar@ap.org.