Correspondents play an important role in helping us cover the Top of Utah.
They are the ones who show up at the city council meetings and other events in many of the communities we cover.
We recently added several correspondents, and I want to tell you about two of them today.
Anita Kersey is actually on her second tour as a correspondent. In the mid- and late-1980s, she spent several years as a correspondent in Davis County.
She also was working full time at Hill Air Force Base at the time and eventually trying to do both got to be too much.
Fast forward to this summer, when we advertised for people who wanted to be correspondents.
Anita's husband died last year, and when she saw the ad, she applied.
"I knew it was something I could do," she said.
She finds the basics of her work are the same as they were in the 1980s.
"You go out there, talk, call, see what's going on. News is not going to come to you. You have to go to it."
Anita shares a common trait with many people who are in journalism.
"I've always loved to write. Since I was little, I've written, written, written all kinds of stuff. Somebody told me I ought to be able to do something with that. It came natural to me because I love to write."
But she finds other satisfaction in the work as well.
"I love it all. It's a world you enter into with subjects you never, ever would otherwise be involved in. It's an education in itself because of what you learn and deal with. If you like that, it's a very good field."
Anita's main responsibility is coverage of Hooper.
Amber Weston is at the opposite end of the experience continuum. She graduated from Weber State University this spring -- "eight days before my baby was born," she notes -- with a degree in communications.
She grew up in Ogden, graduated from Bonneville High School and attended BYU-Idaho before Weber State. At both schools, she worked on the student newspaper and has experience in both news and features.
As might be expected, she does exhibit a common trait.
"I love to write," Amber said. "I've always loved to write."
Amber covers West Haven and Harrisville.
"I'm learning a lot about cities and how they operate," she noted. "I love that, too."
The addition of Amber and Anita as correspondents has allowed us to expand our coverage of the communities they are covering.
We've been able to do the same elsewhere through the efforts of other correspondents we added.
I'll write about them in future columns.
Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.