Welcome to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) website. Look around, take your time and enjoy the visit. We started with a vision created in 2010 by several practicing Journalists, retired professionals in the field, officials from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, business officials, and others interested in promoting proper recognition of Tennessee Journalists, living or deceased, native or non-native who chose Tennessee as their home, for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the field of Journalism. The TJHOF has inducted 43 outstanding journalists into the hall of fame since inception.
Inductees into the TJHOF are individuals who have made significant and substantial contributions to the profession during a career that includes the practice of Journalism in print, broadcast and new media. Honorees may be living or deceased, native Tennesseans who spent much of their career out of state or non-natives who spent a substantial portion of their career in Tennessee. To be considered for induction, individuals must have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of Journalism, and those whose contributions have otherwise been recognized by their peers. Inductees will come from various ranks to include, reporters, writers, editors, publishers, news directors and other managers and those who have excelled in advertising, public relations and education in those disciplines.
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Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 class is June 1, 2020.
MURFREESBORO-The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) will honor six outstanding Tennessee journalists during induction ceremonies Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm during the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters annual Conference at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel. This will mark the seventh class to be inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame located at Middle Tennessee State University. Previous class inductees may be found at www.tnjournalismhof.org.
Inductees include a five time Emmy Award Winning Journalist, a 42-year veteran Associated Press writer who covered the Nashville music scene and the untimely death of internationally known mega music sensation Elvis Presley; a 50-year veteran radio and television broadcaster and former producer for the American Forces Network in Europe; a humor columnist who began is journalism career as a sports reporter before taking leave to serve in the United States Marines; a President and General Manager of a huge Broadcasting and Digital Company starting his career as a janitor at the tender age of nine; and a retired Anchor Emeritus with over three-quarters of a century experience in journalism.
This year’s induction ceremony will take place Aug. 6, 2019 in conjunction with the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Annual Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1200 Conference Center Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN. 37129, 615-890-4464. Guests are invited to attend a special presentation by BMI recording music artist Joe Denim immediately following the induction ceremony. Mr. Denim writes songs with witty lyrics. Fans will recognize Joe for the double platinum selling, irreverent break up hit “Pray For You” and his latest, the ultimate redneck hit “Together We’re A Ten.”
Ken Paulson, a defender of the First Amendment and former Middle Tennessee State University Dean of Media and Entertainment and now the Director of the new Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University will emcee the induction ceremony. Guest speakers include Ron Fryar, Owner and Publisher of the Cannon Courier and two time Past-President of the Tennessee Press Association, Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, and Dr. Larry Burriss, Professor of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and current President of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.
The Tennessee Journalism Hall Fame is an independent partner with MTSU recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of Journalism. Inductees can include reporters, writers, editors, publishers, news directors, and other managers as well as those who have excelled in advertising or public relations, and journalism advertising and PR education. Inductees may be living or deceased, native Tennesseans or non-natives who spent a substantial part of their career in Tennessee.
Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame Honorees for the Class of 2019 are:
NOTE: The 2019 induction ceremony is dedicated to Journalist and Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame Co-Founder and author Dan Whittle who passed away April 25, 2019 after a lengthy battle with leukemia.