When we first received word Tuesday night that three bodies had been found in a Syracuse home, our team sprung into action.
Night reporter Andreas Rivera went out to the scene to provide the initial reporting and transmit the first photos from the scene. The content was immediately posted to our website as breaking news and submitted in time for our print deadline for Wednesday's paper.
Early Wednesday, crime and justice reporter Loretta Park took over. She updated our story online, shot photos of crime scene investigators at the home and took video of an impromptu briefing by a police officer. Newly hired investigative reporter Cimaron Neugebauer pitched in, searching social media circles and other online sites for more information on the victims. The efforts were coordinated by editors and the story was constantly updated online and across social media platforms by Digital Editor Chandra Johnson. Video reporter Kelly Keiter later provided a traditional on-camera report from the scene for our digital videoplayer.
Together all the editors and content creators put together a follow-up package for Thursday's print paper.
This is part of the new Standard-Examiner, where the news starts here across all platforms. We are not just a print newspaper, but a television station, radio station, social media outlet and news website combined.
As we continue to transform our operation, we have chosen to consolidate some duties and tasks company-wide to be more efficient and allow us to expand and create other positions going forward. Some positions have been eliminated in this process, and unfortunately some people lost their jobs. However, we have created new positions, adding content creators, such as reporters and visual journalists.
It doesn't make sense for a newspaper to have three separate art departments for News, Advertising and Marketing. However, while an artist in another department can compose a news graphic or create a GO! cover, editorial cartooning is another matter.
Editorial cartoonists have a unique talent and view of the world, capturing different elements to convey a viewpoint in a witty and creative way that can make readers stop and think, as well as laugh.
It is a rare traditional newspaper art form. And no one has done it better over the years than Calvin Grondahl.
That is why it was so important that I find a way to preserve the work Cal has been famous for at the Standard-Examiner on a contractual process.
I whined, and dined him. (Yes, I did the whining). I even offered to wash his car regularly.
In the end, we came to an agreement that will not only allow Cal to continue drawing some of his pointed cartoons, but also allow him time to enjoy retirement and be a "cartoonist ambassador" in the community.
For readers of the Standard-Examiner we will have a "Weekend with Cal" presentation. He will continue to draw his popular "You Caption Cal" feature on Saturdays. On Sundays we will feature a Cal cartoon on a local subject as a companion to the newspaper's editorial.
Cal kept open the option of adding a weekday cartoon and doing special projects in the future.
Cal had been doing five to six cartoons a week, some on national or international subjects. Cal admits that workload was wearing on him, and he doesn't want to do any more national cartoons. I respect that decision.
The good news is that local politicians and news figures will still be the subjects of Cal's pen. Many of these figures actually enjoyed saving the cartoons in which they were portrayed, often requesting autographed copies. The term "I was Grondahlized" will still be fashionable.
Cal enjoys working with children, so he will have more time to show kids drawing techniques at area museums and has agreed to be part of Standard-Examiner community events in the future, such as our Tops in the Top of Utah street party we hold each year.
I am glad Cal agreed to continue sharing his rare talent with the community. We will continue this relationship for as long as Cal wants.
As for washing his car, that is still open to negotiation.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.