By: E&P Staff
Newspaper publishers worldwide can register to participate in the International Newspaper Color Quality Club competition, the benchmark for newspaper printing quality.
Available at www.colorqualityclub.org are the brochure, registration form and all information about the competition, including the study tour, “Color – Quality – Production” conference and tutorials. A video gives you an overview of steps to be taken at the newspaper and measurements made by IFRA’s laboratory to evaluate the printed samples.
Those registering by October 16 (cut-off date) can request a free test evaluation. Between January and April 2010, monthly test prints must be produced and several copies submitted to IFRA as intermediate evaluations to provide guidance. For the first time, the competition is open to all newspapers, which was made possible by the inclusion of new categories that cover all production processes and materials used.
Club membership is contingent only on reaching a minimum number of points. The former limitation to the 50 newspapers with the best results no longer applies (E&P Online, march 4). INCQC 2010-2012 members will be confirmed with the mailing of final evaluations in June 2010. They will be presented at IFRA Expo, October 4-6, 2010 in Hamburg.
Participation fee is 2400 euros (half price for members of IFRA, NAA and PANPA). Newspapers that already participated in an IFRA standardization program (e.g., SNAP in the U.S.) pay only 800 euros.