WAN-IFRA Interna International
Newspaper Color Quality Club 2012-14

Eleven Indian dailies shine among
world’s elite group of newspapers

Eighty-one publishing and printing companies from 29 countries have been welcomed into the 2012–2014 WAN-IFRA International Newspaper Color Quality Club, the elite group of publications that demonstrate exceptional colour printing and the value it brings to readers and advertisers alike. Among these winners of global print honours, eleven newspapers are from India including: Ananda Bazar Patrika, and The Telegraph from ABB Pvt Ltd; The Times of India, Sunday Times, and Maharashtra Times from Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd; Hindi Hindustan, Hindustan Times, and Mint from HT Media Limited; The Hindu from Kasturi & Sons Ltd; and Deccan Herald, and Prajavani from The Printers (Mysore) Pvt Ltd While among 109 newspapers from 43 countries, who were awarded membership in the INCQC 2010-2012, fourteen newspapers were from India including: Anandabazar Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran, Deccan Herald, Divya Bhaskar, DNA, Hindi Hindustan, Hindustan Times, Malayala Manorama, Mid Day, Mint, The Hindu, The Telegraph, and The Times of India. However, in INCQC 2008–2010, only four dailies including DNA, Hindustan, Hindustan Times, and Maharashtra Herald could make India proud getting the membership in the club of world’s top fifty newspapers.

The Club is a once-every-two-years opportunity for newspapers world-wide to demonstrate their printing quality. Its members, who comprise a short list of the world’s best-printed colour newspapers, increase prestige with readers, pride among staff members, and benefit when it comes to selling ad space to fussy customers. The Club is more than a contest; its programme includes numerous tools to improve colour quality. The successful newspaper titles meet exacting ISO standards and demonstrated they can reliably reproduce colour images and advertisements consistently, worldwide, and with the intended colour effect. The Club quality initiative helps ensure that readers receive an attractive, high-quality product and the advertiser an outstanding advertising carrier. It provides participants – 192 titles applied for membership in the 2012–2014 Club – with a better understanding and implementation of the ISO 12647 print standard and how to improve the printing process.

“This not only provides confirmation of the successful efforts aimed at achieving international standardization supported by WAN-IFRA, but also the motivation of personnel working in every printing plant, the correct choice of materials, impressive knowledge of printing techniques, and the skilful use of measuring and control,” conveyed Manfred Werfel, interim CEO and executive director of competence centre newspaper production at WAN-IFRA.

Leading to feat!

Users of several COLORMAN presses from manroland web systems are members of the prestigious INCQC 2012-2014.
One third of the members of the INCQC 2012-2014 are using equipments from manroland web systems

This year’s 10th International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2012-2014 shows once again: newspaper presses from manroland web systems provide the basis for optimal quality. Every third of the 81 publishing houses newly admitted to the INCQC is printing on presses from manroland web systems. Next to the strongly represented German and European printing houses, manroland web systems is particularly pleased to congratulate manroland customers from South and Central America, Arabia, India, and Southeast Asia to the coveted award.

The manroland press series used by the award winners range from the 4-page single-width CROMOMAN and the 8-page UNISET to the double-width 8-page press series REGIOMAN and the double-width 16-page double-circumference presses GEOMAN and COLORMAN, thus covering manroland’s entire performance spectrum. The prize winners worked with highly-automated autoprint presses as well as with printing systems featuring a lower automation degree. It is very impressive that older installations also reliably met the demanded quality criteria.

KBA users tops in global quality

Among the proud members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2012-2014 are 35 KBA customers, seven of whom have compact KBA Cortina waterless presses. KBA users carry off over 40 per cent of the awards. The award-winning KBA newspaper customers also include two Indian newspapers - Deccan Herald and Prajavani from The Printers (Mysore) in Bangalore.

WAN-IFRA to honour social media endeavours

This time, those companies that have mastered the issues and gained large followings on Twitter, Facebook, or on other social media platforms will be honoured by WAN-IFRA at annual XMA Cross Media Awards ceremony to be held on October 29 during the World Publishing Expo in Frankfurt, Germany. ‘XMA 2012: Social Media Stars’ seeks news publishers that are successfully connecting with their communities on the social web, by offering appealing content, engaging readers through word-of-mouth campaigns, and implementing social media tools in innovative ways.

Successful newspapers will have built in relationships with their audience; determined what type of content to offer on different social media platforms; pushed content through different social media channels; empowered their audience to help create their own content and products; fostered customer engagement; maximised brand recognition; and measured the impact of social media products. Categories include: Best use of Facebook by a newspaper; Best community engagement – reader/user interaction: which newspapers excel at involving their readers in the editorial process and content generation via social media; Monetization (advertising and social commerce): which newspapers capitalize best on their presence on social media platforms; and Special projects: best integrated social/traditional media campaigns (entertainment, charities, sports, one-off projects).
Prabhat Khabar launches Panchayatnama in Bihar

Panchayatnama, a fortnightly tabloid started early this year by Prabhat Khabar targeting Panchayat related issues in rural areas of Jharkhand and its adjoining states like Bihar, has now been launched in Bihar on July 11, 2012. The inaugural function for Bihar issue held in Patna was chaired by chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. The Panchayatnama is a 40-page tabloid priced at Rs 10 circulated in all 38 districts (8,842 panchayats) of Bihar and 24 districts of Jharkhand.


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