Matt Gerrish, Bryan Nielsen and Loretta Park have vastly different jobs and responsibilities in the Standard-Examiner's Content Center.
The three do share one thing in common: They are the winners of Golden Eyeshades, the department's top awards, for their outstanding work during 2010.
Matt edits, paginates and designs mostly sports stories and pages for the newspaper's print and e-editions. He also writes a sports blog and posts stories to our websites as a member of our Presentation Desk.
Matt has created some smart-looking special sections for our e-edition with in-depth stories about the NBA, college football, Major League Baseball and other topics. These bonus sports pages appear on a regular basis in the e-edition only.
In high school, Matt was a standout swimmer at Northridge High School and is the only Golden Eyeshade winner who has also had his photo appear in the Standard-Examiner in connection with a news event.
Bryan creates numerous graphics for our print and electronic platforms. He also posts and edits photos and videos for the Internet as a member of our Visuals Department.
He is best known for his interactive flash programs created for our websites. For Halloween last year he developed a creepy guide to haunted houses that included sound effects and dripping blood spots on a map pinpointing the various spooky locations.
Gives me the shivers just recalling it.
Loretta is a longtime reporter in our Layton office, primarily covering Davis County courts and crime. She is well respected both inside and outside the office for her professionalism, accuracy and empathy, traits that work well for the type of stories she writes.
Here's what Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings had to say about Loretta:
"I really enjoy watching (Loretta) work. At times, I think she disarms people ... because she can play this ditsy grandma role. But trust me, (Loretta) knows exactly what's going on. She uses that persona to her advantage sometimes, to get people to open up to her."
All three are dedicated, hard-working print and graphic journalists. That's why they were chosen by the editors for their awards. They, along with their fellow workers, are part of what's behind this next little bit of news...
... CIRCULATION UP: Now that the Salt Lake City newspapers are done spinning the recent circulation report, here is the bottom line:
The Standard-Examiner, by percentage, had the largest year-over-year paid circulation gains among any daily newspaper in the state for the six-month reporting period that ended in March.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the Standard's Sunday circulation was up 8.06 percent; the Monday-Friday report was up 3.09 percent; and the Saturday circulation was up 8.43 percent.
Our Sunday circulation came in at 70,972, an increase of 5,293 from the previous year. Our daily circulation was around 64,000.
The Deseret News was proud to report that its Sunday circulation was up 0.09 percent; its Monday-Friday was up 1.75 percent and its Saturday was up 0.29 percent. The only gain the Salt Lake Tribune reported was on Saturday, which was up 2.04 percent.
The other state newspapers reported losses for all categories.
The ABC circulation figures include print and e-edition numbers.
No spin, just facts.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.