The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) recognized the Florida Courier for excellence in newspaper printing at its News Industry Summit annual convention in Naples last week.
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. The Florida Courier’s printer, Scripps Treasure Coast Publishing Company, entered the Florida Courier into the contest.
The Florida Courier placed third in the non-daily category, behind the Bluffton Today of Bluffton, S.C. and the Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Port Saint Lucie.
Kevin Conner, quality assurance manager of The Washington Post, Washington, D.C, chairs the SNPA’s annual Print Quality Contest and Evaluation.
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, lithographic defects and other defects.
According to SNPA, its mission is “to be the most valuable personal network for publishers to find and exchange ideas, solve problems and develop their businesses.” SNPA members include daily and non-daily news publications (in print or electronic format) primarily in the South. Members also include supplier companies, as well as journalism school professors and retired newspaper industry executives.
The Florida Courier, a 100-percent color newspaper, was the only Black-owned newspaper to win an SNPA Print Quality Contest award.
“Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers is proud to have a strong relationship with the Florida Courier, Florida’s only statewide Black newspaper,” said Bob Brunjes, president and publisher of Scripps Treasure Coast Publishing Company.
“When considering a wide range of potential products to enter into the SNPA 2012 annual print contest, the Florida Courier’s design and vibrant use of color photos and color advertising were the perfect choice to showcase our printing capabilities,” he explained.
“We are very proud of the talented team who produce the Florida Courier week after week and we are pleased to get this great feedback from SNPA. On behalf of everyone at Scripps, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the team at the Florida Courier for the opportunity to achieve these outstanding results.”
“Producing a successful newspaper is a collaboration of many people and organizations,” said Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II. “Having a skilled, high-quality print partner is critically important.
“A newspaper can have great stories written by skilled writers and fabulous graphic design. But if the printed newspaper is poor – with smudged or faded print, dark pictures, and other problems – all the great work done prior to going to print is meaningless.
“Scripps has been a consistent and valued print partner for us for the past five years,” Cherry exclaimed. “Their commitment to printing excellence makes it easy for the Florida Courier and Daytona Times staffs to put our best effort forward every week.”