T-I takes honors at press convention

The Times-Independent won 18 awards at the Utah Press Association’s annual convention April 13. From the left back row is reporter Carter Pape, Publisher Zane Taylor, graphic artist and advertising rep Charlie Bruce, sports reporter Anthony Militano and Circulation Manager Tom Taylor. Bottom row from the left: Associate Editor Doug McMurdo, Publisher Emirita Adrien Taylor, Editor Sena Hauer, Assistant Pressman Jose Santana and our youngest intern, Rosalie VanStone.
Photo by Cathy O’Connor

The Times-Independent took top honors at the Utah Press Association’s annual convention last week in Salt Lake City. A ceremony was held at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah.

The T-I took first place awards in categories including Best Feature Series, Best News Series, Best General News Story, Best Feature Story, Best News Coverage, Best Digital Breaking News Story, Best Editor’s Column, Best Photo Page, Best Sports Page, Best Sports Story, Best Sports Column, Best Community Event and Best Sports Photograph.

The newspaper took second place awards in the categories of Best News Photograph, Best Lifestyle Page, Best Front Page, Best Editorial and Best Feature Photograph.

“Acknowledgement of the hard work of our journalists is much appreciated,” said Publisher Zane Taylor. “I think the real measure of our success is the service we perform for our community. We live in a time in which an increasing percentage of advertising dollars has been going to social media outfits and internet search engine monsters.

“When choosing how to allocate their advertising expenses, local businesses do themselves a favor when considering what hard-working local journalists do keeping watch on their governmental folks in order to keep taxes from far exceeding a prudent level,” he said. “We truly appreciate the businesses appearing on these pages.”

Times-Independent Publisher Emeritus Adrien Taylor attended the event with Editor Sena Hauer, her husband, John Hauer and daughter, Taylor Flanders.

News topics that featured prominently in The T-I’s reporting in 2018 included the Cinema Court Fire, House Bill 224, Grand County’s change-of-government mandate; an ICE raid, affordable housing challenges, traffic issues at Arches National Park, and successes by Grand County’s outstanding high school athletes.