Kudos to Xpress’ award-winning designers

I was pleased to see the announcement on your website that Xpress won four North Carolina Press Association awards this year and the accompanying article in your March 5 issue [”Xpress wins four North Carolina Press Awards”]. Congratulations to the current and former Xpress writers who won awards.

However, I am disappointed that Xpress has made no mention that two of its former graphic designers also won a total of four awards in the NCPA 2013 Best Ad Contest. Former Ad Design and Prepress Coordinator John Zara won first place for Best Color Restaurant/Entertainment Ad, first place for Best Color Retail Ad and third place for Best Advertising Campaign. Former Graphic Designer Sarah Riddle won first place for Best Color Home Furnishings and Appliances Ad.

Given the ample print and online coverage of the other awards won this year, it’s obvious that Xpress values the recognition of the NCPA. So I’m not sure why you have chosen not to acknowledge the Best Ad Contest winners. Aside from the fact that you should congratulate your staff, past and present, for quality work, it seems in Xpress’ financial interest to recognize awards for outstanding quality in advertising design.

I hope that Xpress will correct this error and afford all of its award winners the same level of recognition.

— Carrie Lare
Former Xpress Art & Design Manager
Asheville

Editor’s response: Thank you, Ms. Lare, for reminding us. We’ve published the news online and in this issue.

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