Recognition for quality production

Proud of your pressroom? Share it with the industry!


Southern Lithoplate Inc. is again generously sponsoring the Print Quality Competition, its recognition of the continuing importance of print—and the honor our industry’s best press crews deserve for excellent work.

Here are some reasons your newspaper should participate in this showcase of Inland’s best:

Demonstrate your continuing dedication to quality in printing operations.

Encourage the attention to excellence in printing department performance.

Motivate extra effort in achieving printing quality.

Reward the best work with recognition and perhaps a cash award.

Produce a high quality representation of your production work as a sample for advertisers.

Gain a promotable recognition for your printing department to use with advertisers and commercial customers.

All Inland member newspapers are eligible to participate in this contest administered by Inland Press Association.

The contest has two divisions: Color Division, and Black and White Division. A newspaper may enter one or both divisions.

Black and White

Entrants in the Black and White Division will be sent a black-and-white proof and a CD/DVD containing a digital photo. The object of the contest is to reproduce the best match on newsprint to the black and white proof sent with the kit.


Entrants in the Color Division will be sent a color proof and a CD/DVD containing a digital photo. The object is the same as in the Black and White division: to reproduce the best match on newsprint to the color proof sent with the kit.

Both the black-and-white and color digital photo will be available for download at Inland’s website,


All entries in either contest must appear on conventional newsprint in any regular published edition of the newspaper. The picture must appear as part of the normal press run. The photo may be resized but must have a 4 1/2 inch minimum width. There is no maximum width. The back of the page on which it appears must be printed as part of the regular edition.

Entrants are encouraged to use the photographic image in ways best suited to their editorial and business content. No mention of Inland is required. Photos must not have typed overlays. Black-and-white entries must be produced by traditional black-and-white processes, not run as color to yield a black-and-white result.

This competition is limited to newspapers printed on standard grades of newsprint. Specialty papers are not eligible.

Tearsheets should be included for each entry. Return the tearsheets and required information form to:

Inland Press Association

701 Lee Street,

Suite 925

Des Plaines, IL. 60016

If entering both the Black and White and Color divisions, both entries may be submitted in the same envelope

Circulation Categories

Entries will be divided into four circulation categories for each division: under 10,000; 10,000 to 49,999; 50,000 to 99,999; and more than 100,000. Entry fees are $80 for either the Black and White or Color categories, and $140 for both.

Best-In-Show Winners

There will be one winner and one runner-up selected for each circulation category in both the Black and White and Color divisions. Winners and runners-up will receive recognition award from Inland. In addition, there will be a “Best-in-Show” winner selected from both the Black and White and Color divisions. One representative from each of the “Best-in-Show” winning newspapers will win a $500 cash prize.


A panel of independent judges will select winners based on how close the reproduced photo matches the proof. The judges will be selected and administered by Inland. Judging criteria include registration accuracy and pressmanship (cleanliness of print and general appearance). Photos will be judged against the proofs sent with the digital files. Decisions of the judges will be final. Proofs are produced with every effort made to ensure their consistent quality for the competition.