Park Record garners top awards
March 26, 2013
The Park Record received top honors in its circulation category and also earned the prestigious Community Service Award at the Utah Press Association’s annual convention Saturday.
It is the second year in a row the paper has won the General Excellence title among the biggest nondaily papers in the state based on points earned in 26 categories including news, advertising, graphics, photography and circulation.
According to Park Record Publisher Andy Bernhard, "Winning these awards is a tribute not only to the dedication and hard work of The Record staff, but also to the Park City community. These achievements speak directly to the relevance and integrity of our newspaper, something we strive for and something that makes me very proud."
The Record received 12 first-place honors, along with many seconds and thirds, which were spread across all departments.
On the editorial side, the paper won top spots for its breaking news coverage of last summer’s fire at Jordanelle written by Jay Hamburger and Sarah Moffitt; for its news series on the rise of heroin use in the county by Nan Chalat Noaker; for news photography by Tyler Cobb. Scott Iwasaki’s Lifestyle coverage; Amy Robert’s sports column; a feature series by Chalat Noaker; and feature photography by Grayson West.
In the advertising department, under the direction of Val Spung, The Record won firsts for its Run of Press ad campaign, use of ad color, and for its health and wellness theme pages. Circulation director Lacy Brundy won a first-place award for her Help Give Back promotion which directs $5 of every new subscription to local nonprofits.
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The newspaper’s website, http://www.parkrecord.com was also recognized as best in its class.
But according to Publisher Andy Bernhard, one of the most gratifying achievements this year was the Community Service award. Only one nondaily newspaper in Utah receives the honor each year.
The Record’s entry included its community engagement efforts surrounding last November’s election which included a comprehensive Voter Guide designed by Matt Gordon, an online voter reference tool designed by Sara Sturgis, the expanded Letters to the Editor pages coordinated by David Hampshire, and the Candidates Forum hosted in partnership with KPCW.
According to Editor Nan Chalat Noaker, "Our goal was to ensure that all of the candidates had ample opportunities to explain their platforms and that their supporters and detractors could express their views in a constructive forum. We also wanted to help get out the vote and those efforts were successful. Voter turnout in Summit County this year was 67 percent, which was 5 percent higher than in the last presidential election."