A celebration was held Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock to recognize the press staff for placing first in SNPA's Print Quality Contest (over 100,000 circulation bracket). Among those pictured are: Nick Elliott, production director, in green shirt on back row at left; Nat Lea, vice president and general manager, standing next to Elliott on back row; Steve Young, assistance press manager, squatting in front at left; John Kelley, press manager, squatting in front center; Tom Woods, assistant press manager, squatting in front at right (holding this year's plaque); and Lynn Hamilton, vice president of operations, at far right in maroon.

Pictured in the center, holding all of the SNPA plaques awarded to the paper over the years, are members of the press staff who were available last night. An earlier celebration was held with the daytime crew.

Top Awards Presented
to Newspapers in:

Little Rock, Ark.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Charlottesville, Va.
Columbia, Mo.
Bluffton, S.C.

SNPA recognized excellence in newspaper printing at its News Industry Summit on Sunday, Sept. 30. 

First-place awards in the SNPA Print Quality Contest were presented to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock; Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn.; The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.; Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Mo.; and Bluffton Today, Bluffton, S.C.

Newspapers were judged in five circulation categories:  under 25,000 daily circulation; 25,001-50,000; 50,001-100,000; over 100,000; and a category for non-daily newspapers. 

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.

2012 Print Quality Contest Winners:

In the non-daily category:
1st place:        Bluffton Today, Bluffton, S.C.
2nd place:       The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
3rd place:        The Florida Courier, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

In the Under 25,000 circulation category:
1st place:        Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Mo.
2nd place:       Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
3rd place:        The Courier, Houma, La.

In the 25,001 – 50,000 circulation category:
1st place:        The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.
2nd place:       The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.
3rd place:        Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol, Va.

In the 50,001 – 100,000 circulation category:
1st place:        Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
2nd place:       Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C.
3rd place:        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:       The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
3rd place:        The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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.