Appen Media Group again named ‘Best of the Best’

Takes home top honors among AFCP awards



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Appen Media Group reclaimed what it considers – with some arrogance – as its rightful place as “Best in Show” at the 2017 Association of Free Community Newspapers annual publication awards.

For the third time in the past four years Appen Media took home the top prize, losing out in 2016 by a single point.

“I like that award best,” Appen Media General Manager Hans Appen said. “It is a tribute to efforts of all our staff – reporters, marketing folks and page designers.”

“All of our people take pride in what they do, so it is nice to see all those efforts are recognized – especially when that recognition comes from one’s peers.”

AFCP Executive Director Loren Colburn said Appen Media’s feat of three top finishes in four years is unprecedented.

“Appen Media Group has raised the bar to such an extent it is making it tough on the rest of the field,” Colburn said.

“But it is because your publications really stand out when you look at the entries that we get. And it is because of your attention to detail in the graphics design and quality control –start to finish.”

And it shows in the number of awards Appen receives, he said.

“And it’s not just the graphic awards or the editorial ones. To be Best in Show, you can’t just be just graphically good or editorially good. You’ve got to be good on all aspects of the publishing spectrum.

“And to me, that is where that award comes from,” said Colburn.

AFCP represents publishers of community papers across the United States, reaching millions of homes on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

AFCP’s members are owners, publishers, general managers and sales managers of free-circulation community publications throughout North America.

Its diverse membership ranges from small, independently owned publications with circulations less than 5,000 up to divisions of major communications companies publishing millions of copies every week.

The common denominator among AFCP’s membership is that all publications are distributed free-of-charge to the readers in their designated circulation areas.

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