Change is afoot at the paper, resulting in few endorsements this year

Nov 1 2013 - 8:36pm

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This week, we began running our editorial endorsements for the Layton mayor and Ogden City Council races. (Yes, we made the selections in the Ogden races before two candidates were disqualified.) We decided to cut back on the number of endorsements this election cycle due to internal restructuring at the newspaper.

The changes have nothing to do with politics. Editorial board members have other assignments at the newspaper, and they need to devote more time to many of the restructuring efforts. We felt this would take away from the attention necessary to make selections in local municipal elections.

As for those changes, readers should see results early next year as we roll out a redesigned website and newspaper, new strategic initiatives for business goals and news coverage, along with the marketing campaign to go with them.

We are excited about many of these new developments.

A key component to these ongoing efforts is the purchase and installation of a new content-management system that will allow us to input and process content on one computer system for all of our distribution platforms. Currently, we have to copy and paste between our digital and print systems, which takes time away from content creation, editing and creativity.

The new CMS is being purchased by the Standard-Examiner's parent company, Sandusky Newspaper Group, for all of its newspapers. It is a big financial commitment to the future of the company. Right now, the process is in the negotiation stage. But once the contract is signed, we plan to hit the ground running.

Stay tuned.

HONORED EX-TX.ER: Naomi Zeveloff, an Ogden High School graduate, who wrote for our teen section (TX.) and also penned some guest columns for the opinion page, was recently honored with a prestigious journalism award in New York.

Naomi received a Front Page award in reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York for a feature article titled "How The Pozner Family Grieves."

Noah Pozner was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Naomi works for the Jewish daily Forward in New York.

APPRECIATE THE THOUGHTS: Frank from Roy contacted me because he hadn't seen my column in a couple of weeks and was worried I might have had a heart attack. "I know how stressful your job is," he said.

At the recent Laughs at Lunch charity fundraiser, one of the participating restaurant owners gave me a "special" discount coupon because of "all the flak you take."

I appreciate all of the concern. But I hope I don't convey from my writing that my job is nothing but dealing with complaints and strife.

There are a lot of rewards and positive feedback that come with it.

Recently, I ran into United Way of Northern Utah Director Bob Hunter, who went out of his way to let me know that the response had been great following a story by JaNae Francis on how area school districts were in need of tutors. The United Way coordinates the Read Today tutoring program for the school districts.

Those kind of positive responses far outweigh the negative ones. It always warms my heart when what we do can make a difference in the community.

And that's probably why the doctor says my heart is fine.

Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or ahowell@standard.net.

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