Park Record earns UPA General Excellence Award
Honors given for news, sports, graphics, advertising
Park City’s 137-year-old community newspaper proved it is keeping up with the times by winning top awards for digital breaking news and its website in this year’s Utah Press Association competition. The Record also earned accolades for news coverage, feature stories, graphic design, special publications and advertising.
During the UPA awards banquet April 29 in Provo, Park Record Publisher Andy Bernhard was called to the podium 10 times to receive first-place plaques. The newspaper also earned five second-place certificates and five third-place awards. The cumulative tally of all categories earned the newspaper UPA’s coveted General Excellence award in the state’s largest nondaily circulation category.
Park Record Editor Nan Chalat Noaker said this year’s honors are especially meaningful because they reflect work done in every department.
“Every edition has so many moving pieces,” she said. “It requires a tremendous cooperative effort from our whole team.”
She also noted that this past winter season presented some especially daunting challenges, including back-to-back blizzards in the midst of the busiest part of the year.
“We have a small but dedicated staff who literally broke trail through the snowdrifts to get to work this winter,” she said.
Education Editor Bubba Brown earned first place for Best General News Story for “Out of the shadows,” an article about drug abuse among local teens. Park Record photographer Tanzi Propst helped illustrate the story, and Patrick Schulz designed the page.
Reporter Jay Hamburger won first place in the newly created category, Best Public Notice Reporting, for a story about how local businesses were scrambling to trademark their names. The story was part of a series that began when Vail Resorts attempted to trademark the name “Park City.”
Reporter Griffin Adams won first place for his colorful feature about a local adventure seeker.
First place for Best Feature Series went to longtime contributing writer Steve Phillips for his lively profiles of talented local residents, including a marketing executive, a nurse and a postal worker who also tunes pianos. Propst took the accompanying photos for each.
The Best Editorial award went to Editor Nan Chalat Noaker for a collection of three opinion pieces, including a criticism of Congressman Rob Bishop for his stance on public lands, an expose about how a far-right faction of the Republican Party forced a moderate incumbent to drop out of the race for a seat in the state Legislature and an editorial calling for tighter regulations for helicopter shuttle services.
Chalat Noaker also received a first-place award for her feature about a local resident’s decision to transition from male to female.
The Park Record’s first foray into live election-night coverage using the digital aggregation Scribble also earned a first-place nod from the judges. The newsroom used the tool to keep voters updated on how and where to vote and streamed Tweets and Instagram photos from local, state and national sources to provide our viewers with up-to-the-minute coverage of Park City Board of Education, Summit County Council, state and federal political races.
Best Photo Page honors went to a collage of photographs of the Tour of Utah bike race taken by Propst and Grayson West, and arranged on page by Nadia Dolzhenko.
The Park Record also topped The Best New Advertising Idea category for its recently revamped Home Magazine. The publication was edited by Patrick Cone and Kimberly Nicoletti and designed by Dolzhenko.
The Park Record’s redesigned website, https://www.parkrecord.com, also earned a first-place nod from the judges. The website was reconfigured by Swift Communications with an eye toward streamlining the content for mobile users.
Brown also won a second-place award for his news series about the community’s reaction to the deaths of two middle schoolers due to a new synthetic opioid.
Adams, along with graphic artist Ben Olson, won second place for their sports pages.
Second place honors also were given to The Park Record for a community candidates debate event, for a staff-produced advertisement and for its Milepost special section. Patrick Schulz designed the creative ad. The Milepost magazine was edited by Cone and designed by Dolzhenko.
Third-place certificates were given to Tom Kelly for his sports column “Behind the gold,” to Propst for a high school sports photo, to the graphics and circulation departments for two clever in-house promotions and to the whole staff for overall news coverage.
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