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Braggin’ on: The Southampton Press

EXECUTIVE EDITOR JOE SHAW writes about awards from the New York Press Assn.:

“First place, Division 3

The Southampton Press, Eastern Edition

‘Very professional layout and design. Photography is high quality and very well used. Nice typography and many points of entry onto the page. Superb!’

Second place, Division 3

The East Hampton Press

‘Good layout–items well spaced on page. Fine typography.’

For the record, the Eastern Edition also won Photographic Excellence, with the Western Edition finishing second…and the Western Edition won first place in General Excellence, with The East Hampton Press finishing second. Among many awards!

A tip of the hat to you, as always…”

The Southampton Press is a longtime Henninger Consulting client and a consistent winner in  NYPA contests.

Congratulations to Joe and his staff and to Publisher Joe Louchheim and General Manager Courtney Ratcliffe.


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Best of College Design: Magazine

AS PROMISED last week, here is the third (and final) installment showing winners from the Best of College Design pages I recently judged.

Last week was Opinion pages, the previous week, front pages.

These are index pages from college magazines.

Some interesting/exciting stuff. Print design is doing very well, thank you.

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Best of College Design: Opinion pages

HERE ARE MORE WINNERS in the recent Best of College Design contest.

Last week, I posted Page 1 winners. Next week, winning magazine pages.

This week, the winning Opinion page entries.

The following pages are in order, first place winner to fifth place.

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Braggin’ on: The Southampton Press

IT WAS BACK IN APRIL, but the word is still as sweet today as it was then: The Southampton Press (a Henninger Consulting client for some years) was awarded First Place in General Excellence and First Place in Overall Design by the New York State Press Assn.

Congratulations to Publisher Joe Louchheim, General Manager Courtney Ratcliffe and Editor Joe Shaw. The Southampton Press is a consistent winner in NYPA competitions and it’s always a delight working with them.

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Braggin’ on: The Uvalde Leader-News

PUBLISHER CRAIG GARNETT recently sent along some exciting news: The Uvalde Leader-News won first place in general excellence in the 2011 South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were presented in mid-April at the STPA annual convention. The Uvalde Leader-News competed in Division 3 for semi-weekly newspapers. It also received a third-place award for page design.

The South Texas Press Association is the largest regional newspaper organization in the United States.

In a brief note, Garnett said:


We had never won the general excellence division until undergoing the redesign that you completed for us. We now get extremely positive comments from judges regarding the overall appearance of the Leader-News.

The Uvalde Leader-News was a Henninger Consulting redesign in the spring of 2010.
Congratulations to Craig, Editor Carol Kothmann and designers Meghann Garcia and Gloria Resma.

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Braggin’ on: The Ozona Stockman

PUBLISHER MELISSA PERNER bubbled with delight a couple of weeks ago when she sent the following note:


Just thought I would let you know we won First Place in Page Design at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest this weekend! Thanks for all your help!”

When I called to congratulate her, Melissa was still feeling the thrill of having won. When you’re the publisher of a small community newspaper, first-place awards are a big deal.

The Ozona Stockman was a Henninger Consulting redesign in 2010.

Congratulations again to Melissa and her colleagues!

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We have winners…three of ‘em!

LOOKS LIKE A TRIFECTA! Just got word about three newspapers in Michigan named one, two, three in design in the latest state newspaper contest.

#1: Ludington Daily News: “Great use of white space to create a very clean paper. Uniquely-shaped flag pulls the reader in.”  | A Henninger Consulting client.

#2: The Petoskey News-Review: “Close call between 1st and 2nd. Nice, clean, easy-to-look-at page layouts. Good use of color–not over-done.” | Another Henninger Consulting client.

#1: The Sturgis Journal: “White space used effectively. Very easy on the eyes.” | Another Henninger Consulting client.

Congratulations to all!

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And another winner!

FROM EDITOR JOE SHAW at The Southampton Press comes more good news!

“We won second place in general  excellence at NYPA (New York Press Assn.) our highest showing yet! And the judges’ comments specifically cited our design—which was, of course, our OLD design.”

We launched a new design for The Southampton Press in the spring.

From the judges: “What sets it apart—besides the old-school, Montana-sized page width—[narrowed in the recent redesign] is the exceptionally clean, sophisticated and somewhat understated design. This is a newspaper that knows its market, and is undoubtedly serving it well.”

Congratulations to you and all there, Joe! Can’t wait to see what they say next year!

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Braggin’ on: Memphis Business Journal

FRIEND LEE SWETS sent a note recently letting me know that the Memphis Business Journal was—again—a top winner for design.


Hi Ed

Thought you might like to know, we won again this year for makeup and appearance!

First place — Make-Up and Appearance

Second place — Best Graphics and/or Illustrations (Lee Swets)

FROM ED: The pages Lee submitted follow. I’m delighted for him!

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Braggin’ on: The Compass

MORE GOOD NEWS TODAY! Sam Lucero, my contact at The Compass in Green Bay, sends along this tweet: “It was nice to see you at the Catholic Media Convention 2010. Keep in touch and thanks for the redesign that helped The Compass win 1st in General Excellence.”

The following is from a follow-up note from Sam:


I’m very pleased that our paper was recognized by the Catholic Press Association with a first place award for General Excellence. We strive to put out a paper with good content, attractive photos and clean layouts. Your help in creating an identity with a new design for The Compass was a big part of our success.

Here’s what the judges said about our paper:

‘The stories and features have a wide appeal to ordinary Catholics…the clean layout made things easy to find and there was a nice variety in the ways the material was presented.’”

First Place. General Excellence. Wow! That’s wonderful, Sam! What a great reward for your hard work. Thanks for letting me help with the redesign. You make me look good!

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