Receive a valuable print quality evaluation of your newspaper

Posted

The print quality of your newspaper matters – to your advertisers and to your readers.  For just $95, receive an evaluation of your print quality from three independent judges, and also be entered into SNPA's annual Print Quality Contest.  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 Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 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 four circulation categories: under 25,000, 25,001-50,000, 50,001-100,000 and over 100,000.  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 Oct. 29. The newspapers and forms will be mailed to the person listed on the contest entry form.

Important Contest Dates for Daily Papers:
June 18 - Official entry form must be received by SNPA
June 19 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 20 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 21 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 22 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 25 - SNPA will notify your newspaper of the date chosen for contest evaluation
June 29 - Four copies of the newspaper from the selected date must be received by SNPA. Please note: We will be asking you to ship your papers to a new address this year.  That address will be provided when we give you the date selected.
Contest winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 10-12.

Important Contest Dates for Non-Daily Papers:
June 1 - Official entry form must be received by SNPA
Week of June 4 - Save 4 copies of main run
Week of June 11 - Save 4 copies of main run
Week of June 18 - Save 4 copies of main run
June 25 - SNPA will notify your newspaper of the date chosen for contest evaluation
June 29 - Four copies of the newspaper from the selected date must be received by SNPA.  Please note: We will be asking you to ship your papers to a new address this year.  That address will be provided when we give you the date selected.
Contest winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 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.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment