SNPA recognizes excellence in print quality
SNPA recognized excellence in newspaper printing at its News Industry Summit today. First-place awards in the SNPA Print Quality Contest were presented to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock; The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Fla.; Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Ga.; and the Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas.
Newspapers were judged in four circulation categories: under 25,000 circulation; 25,001-50,000; 50,001-100,000; and over 100,000. Judges evaluated entries only for those quality attributes that can be objectively measured: black ink density and uniformity, color ink density and uniformity, color register, page alignment, litho defects and other defects.
2013 Print Quality Contest Winners
In the Under 25,000 circulation category:
1st place: Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
2nd place: Bluffton Today, Bluffton, S.C.
3rd place: Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Mo.
In the 25,001 - 50,000 circulation category:
1st place: Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Ga.
2nd place: The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
3rd place: The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.
In the 50,001 - 100,000 circulation category:
1st place: The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Fla.
2nd place: The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
3rd place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla.
In the over 100,000 circulation category:
1st place: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
2nd place: The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla.
3rd place: Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va.
The annual Print Quality Contest and Evaluation is chaired by Kevin Conner, quality assurance manager of The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
Marked newspapers and judges' evaluation forms will be mailed to all participating newspapers next week.