Enter SNPA's Print Quality Contest

Receive a valuable quality evaluation of your print newspaper

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For just $95, enter your newspaper into SNPA's 2017 Print Quality Contest and Evaluation.  Additional newspapers printed in the same plant on the same press can be entered for just $50 each.

A group of three judges will independently and objectively score your newspaper for black ink density and uniformity, color ink density and uniformity, color register, page alignment, litho defects and other defects. Judges will not consider print defects such as nip marks on the edges of pages.

The front page of each section (not including classified), plus additional pages selected by the Print Quality Contest chairman (up to 20 total pages) will be scored. From these scores, a composite “Product Quality Rating” will be calculated and the top three newspapers in each circulation breakout will be recognized at the Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 10-12.  Kevin Conner, quality assurance manager of The Washington Post, is chairman of the Print Quality Contest.

Awards:
First-, second- and third-place awards will be given for overall excellence in five circulation categories: under 25,000, 25,001-50,000, 50,001-100,000, 100,001-250,000 and over 250,000.  The newspaper's circulation category is determined by the average circulation of all weekday editions.  Daily and non-daily newspapers will be judged together.

Marked newspapers and judges’ evaluation forms will be mailed to all participating newspapers by Sept. 29. The newspapers and forms will be mailed to the person listed on the contest entry form.

Important Contest Dates for Daily Papers:
June 12 - Official entry form must be received by SNPA
June 13 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 14 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 15 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 16 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 19 - SNPA will notify your newspaper of the date chosen for contest evaluation
June 23 - Four copies of the newspaper from the selected date must be received in the SNPA office.
Contest winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 10-12.

Important Contest Dates for Non-Daily Papers:
May 26 - Official entry form must be received by SNPA
Week of May 29 - Save 4 copies of main run
Week of June 5 - Save 4 copies of main run
Week of June 12 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 19 - SNPA will notify your newspaper of the date chosen for contest evaluation
June 23 - Four copies of the newspaper from the selected date must be received in the SNPA office.
Contest winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 10-12.


Enter the contest and pay contest fees at this link

To nominate someone from your newspaper for consideration as a contest judge, email Cindy Durham in the SNPA office: cindy@snpa.org.  Judges will be assigned to a category other than the circulation bracket that their newspaper falls within.

For more information, contact Cindy Durham in the SNPA office: (404) 256-0444 or cindy@snpa.org.

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