Utah Press Assoc. honors The Park Record | ParkRecord.com

Utah Press Assoc. honors The Park Record

The Utah Press Association honored The Park Record with numerous awards last week for excellence in reporting, advertising and design. Some of those who earned recognition were (pictured left to right): Record Sports Editor Adam Spencer, Publisher Andy Bernhard, Editor Nan Chalat Noaker (on behalf of the staff) and County Editor Angelique McNaughton. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

The Park Record received 15 awards in The Utah Press Association’s Annual Better Newspaper Contest including recognition for news coverage, photography, advertising and graphics. Among them were six first-place honors.

The staff as a whole earned first-place honors for best news coverage based on three full editions of the paper.

"We are proud of both the quality and volume of our local news coverage," said Editor Nan Chalat Noaker. "Not many communities of our size are able to support in-depth reporting that is devoted exclusively to their towns and neighborhoods. It takes a small army of committed staff members — from reporters and ad sales reps to circulation and classified managers and graphic artists — to put out each edition of The Park Record, so this award is especially gratifying for all of us."

Record Sports Editor Adam Spencer was awarded two top honors — one for his feature article about a local high school football player’s life in the wake of a traumatic injury and a second for a series of stories about several world-class athletes’ efforts to give back to the community.

County Editor Angelique McNaughton was singled out for her article about the plight of a homeless woman in Kamas. Her reporting revealed some of the challenges of trying to find appropriate social services for a person who resists intervention and the complex reactions of surrounding community members.

Judges were also impressed by Record columnist Amy Roberts’ amusing and incisive critiques about everything from state and national politics to her own family. Her bold column, Red Card Roberts, is frequently one of the most commented on articles in the paper, alternately drawing praise and criticism.

The Record also topped the Best Advertising Idea category with its four-page Pet section designed by Nadia Dolzhenko, who creates the artwork for many of the newspaper’s special sections.

Other awards included:

2nd place: Breaking News, Best Website, In-house promotion, Use of Ad Color, Staff Produced Ad

3rd place: Special Section, Lifestyle Page, ROP Ad, Sports Page, Sports Photo

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