SNPA Print Quality Contest

SNPA recognizes excellence in print quality

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SNPA recognized excellence in newspaper printing at its News Industry Summit.  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.; The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.; and The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.

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.

2014 Print Quality Contest Winners

In the Under 25,000 circulation category:

1st place:        The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.
2nd place:       Independent Tribune, Concord, N.C.
3rd place:        The Daily Home, Talladega, Ala.

In the 25,001 - 50,000 circulation category:

1st place:        The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
2nd place:       The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
3rd place:        Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Ga.

In the 50,001 - 100,000 circulation category:

1st place:        The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Fla.
                       (view a video from Southern Lithoplate)
2nd place:       The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
3rd place:        The Wall Street Journal
                        (printed by The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.)

In the over 100,000 circulation category:

1st place:        Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
2nd place:       Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va.
3rd place:        The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas

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.

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