Park Record staffers earn accolades from Utah Press Association
March 17, 2015
Whether it was covering the high-profile lawsuit surrounding Park City Mountain Resort or a high school soccer match or designing a high-impact graphic, The Park Record did its best in 2014 to deliver timely, compelling and accurate news to readers in Summit County.
The newspaper’s staff was recently recognized for its efforts. The Park Record earned 15 awards, including six first-place honors, in its circulation category in the Utah Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, which highlights the best work published in 2014. The awards were presented at the UPA convention, held March 5 through March 7 in St. George.
Andy Bernhard, Park Record publisher, said the awards were acknowledgment of the staff’s hard work throughout the year.
"I’m very proud of the press association awards The Park Record earned this year," he said. "Each and every department, including columnists, were represented and that speaks to the commitment of our entire staff. We live in an engaged community that demands a lot from this paper and these awards help to validate our efforts.
Leading The Park Record’s recognition was photographer Christopher Reeves, who earned three awards. His photo of Park City High School’s graduation ceremony won first place in the best feature photography category, while he also received third-place honors for his coverage of a brushfire at Rockport Estates (best news photograph) and the Reebok Spartan Beast race at Soldier Hollow (best sports photo).
Sports editor Adam Spencer won a pair of awards — first place for a story about former major league baseball player Mike Morgan instructing local youth players (best sports story) and third place for a series of stories profiling athletes competing in the Sochi Olympics (best feature series). City editor Jay Hamburger won a third-place award for best breaking news story for his coverage of the lawsuit that pitted former PCMR owner Powdr Corp. against Talisker Land Holdings, LLC.
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Two Park Record columnists were recognized, as well. Amy Roberts won first place for best editor’s/feature column, while Tom Kelly took third place for best sports column.
Nan Chalat-Noaker won second place in the best editorial category.
The paper’s production staff — those who give the paper the elegant, crisp layout readers have come to expect — also earned several accolades. April Hendrix won two first-place awards for best staff-produced advertisement and best staff-produced R.O.P. ad campaign, respectively. Lisa Powell and Lacy Brundy won first place for best circulation promotion, while Powell also won a second-place honor for best in-house self promotion. Ben Olson earned third place for best use of advertising color.
The Park Record website was also named the second best website among papers in its circulation category.