MOST OF US couldn’t find Imperial, Nebraska, on a map—and I’ve been there! I spent a weekend a few years ago with the folks at The Imperial Republican, a 2,300 circulation weekly.
Russ and Lori Pankonin publish a high-quality newspaper. And now, The Republican is the envy of small newspaper publishers across the nation.
Russ, who goes by the nickname “Pank,” wrote earlier this week to share the good news.
Here’s his note:
Just wanted to let you know that our design is still alive and well. The Imperial Republican was named the General Excellence winner in weeklies with circ under 3,000 in the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper contest.
What’s even more amazing to me is that we were able to do so while still not running color.
As you may recall, we have our own plant but lack four-color capability. So, it was a welcome surprise to see a “black & white” paper win it all in the division.
Thought you might be interested.
Interested?! I’m a lot more than interested—I’m deeeeelighted! It’s always a joy for me when one of my clients wins an award.
But this one…this is special.
My congratulations to everyone at The Imperial Republican. What a kick!