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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.

FROM LEE:

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:

“Ed:

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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Braggin’ on: The Mountaineer

I RECEIVED EXCITING NEWS TODAY from Gail Krabben at The Mountaineer in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Mountaineer took home the lion’s share of awards in its circulation group in the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Assn. annual contest.

FROM GAIL:

“Hello Ed,

We have great news! Our redesign project has been very successful and The Mountaineer received several awards over the weekend at the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Assn.’s conference.

We took first place in our circulation category for: Best All-round Newspaper, Best Front Page, Best Sports Page and Best Editorial Page. We also scored the highest aggregate total (857 out of 1000) in the province, beating out all 61 newspapers who competed in Alberta’s Better Newspapers Competition (some of which are SND members).

Glen and I are truly grateful for your time and expertise! You took the time to understand our product and showed us how to make it so much better. Plus, you gave us the tools to ensure we could design a better newspaper week after week.

What a difference a year makes! We’re certainly looking forward to the results of the national competition.

Thank you again for your great work. We hope all is well with you, and we hope to meet again!

Best wishes,

Gail Krabben
The Mountaineer
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

PS – A huge thank you, also, to Ken Blum for your valuable insights, and for recommending Ed Henninger to us!”

Thanks to Gail for sharing this good news. And thanks to her, Publisher Glen Mazza, Editor Stu Salkeld and others there for creating a strong success from the redesign. I am happy to have been a part of the effort.

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We have…a winner!

SOME GOOD NEWS came recently from Louise Red Corn, publisher-janitor-receptionist-designer-reporter-cook-clerk at The Bigheart Times in Barnsdall, OK.

“The Bigheart Times won 1st place in layout and design for our weight class, which is getting fatter by the week,  in 2009 from the Oklahoma Press Association. award to be made in Feb. we did win it before, in 2007, but this year we were going against some relative big boys since our circulation has tripled and the OPA reconfigured the circulation categories (we were at the small end of the middleweights). Just thought you’d wanna know!

Louise”

Of course I’d wanna know, and I’m delighted for Louise. The Bigheart Times was one of the papers I helped to redesign in 2009 under the Francis A. Henninger Grant Program (see my web site) and I’m deeee-lighted that Louise did so well in the Oklahoma Press Assn. awards.

I asked Louise to send me the winning pages. The last of these preceded the redesign. As you can see for yourself, the differences are somewhat subtle…but significantly better.

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October winner: Mark Esper

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ONE OF THE FUN THINGS about this blog is that I get to make my own rules—and then go right ahead and break them when I think it works.

You’ll recall that I’ve set a goal of a monthly award of a pdf of one of my books for the best page and the best comments of the month. I still intend to do that. But for October, I’m bending the rules a bit: I’ve already sent off pdf copies of both of my books, Henninger on Design and 101 Henninger Helpful Hints, to Mark Esper, editor of the Silverton Standard and the Miner.

If you don’t know who Mark Esper is, check out his story just a couple of posts down from here.

It’s my way of helping Mark to succeed in his efforts to keep the Silverton Standard and the Miner chuggin’ along.

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Two first place awards!

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ANOTHER WINNER!  Just got word from Joe Thompson at the Hood County News (Granbury, TX) that the paper won first place for General Excellence and Page Design in the Texas Press Assn. annual contest. The category was semi-weeklies with 4,0001 circulation or greater.

The Hood County News, a Henninger Consulting project, launched its redesign early last year.

Comments from the judges:

1. Hood County News — Clear, concise, yet lively
writing throughout. Well-organized pages, well-organized sections
(such as sports and entertainment). Front page stories go
beyond coverage of government meetings to get to the heart of
important issues. Excellcent photography. Good clean layouts
area reader friendly. Overall an excellent paper.
1. Hood County News — Very clean front with a
dominant photo and good headline weight. Opinion is nice and
airy, with good headline weights. Fun sports page. Great use of
tennis ball in headline and cutout photos. Good readout head
and enlarged first few graphs. The drop cap color is creative but
a little jarring. Life page is really nice. It grabs you instantly
with the photo and headline. The scale text is creative, but package
would be cleaner with some style for both headline words.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE. Well-organized pages, well-organized sections (such as sports and entertainment). Front page stories go beyond coverage of government meetings to get to the heart of important issues. Excellcent photography. Good clean layouts are reader friendly. Overall an excellent paper.

PAGE DESIGN.  Very clean front with a dominant photo and good headline weight. Opinion is nice and airy, with good headline weights. Fun sports page. Great use of tennis ball in headline and cutout photos. Good readout head and enlarged first few graphs. The drop cap color is creative but a little jarring. Life page is really nice. It grabs you instantly with the photo and headline.

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Award-winning pages from the Hood County News

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