Editor’s Notebook: A time for awards

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Editor’s Notebook: A time for awards

Air Quality Ally, Best Magazine and more.

In May, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented CATALYST Magazine with the first-ever Salt Lake County Board of Health Air Quality Ally award.

The award was to recognize those in our community who have made specific, tangible efforts to improve air quality in Salt Lake County.

CATALYST was acknowledged for our coverage of air quality issues along the Wasatch Front, and for producing the Clean Air Solutions Fair the past two Januarys.

In addition to our gratitude for the acknowledgment, it’s the prettiest award ever! Thank you, Salt Lake County Health Department, Clean Air Solutions Fair volunteers (especially Jim French and David Brooks) and my excellent staff and writers, with a special shout-out to “Breathe’ columnist Ashley Miller!

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Then, CATALYST won “Best Magazine” award from the Society of Professional Journalists/Headliner Chapter (state of Utah) in June. Journalists in other states choose the winners. “CATALYST is fresh and provocative. Makes me want to check out Utah,” wrote one of the judges.

We also took home awards in Division B. Congratulations to my incredible crew for producing the following wins:

First place, Education: Katherine Pioli, “Seeing the World Whole: All-Muslim G.S. troop”

First place, Review/Criticism: Diane Olson, “Gulp, Bonk, Stiff, Spook and Grunt.” “It’s a treat to read Diane Olson’s enthusiasm as it relates to the work of Mary Roach,” one judge commented.

First place, Magazine News Story: Elisabeth Luntz, “Town Halls: Community Forum or Curated Pep Rallies?”

First place, Business/Consumer: Katherine Pioli, “Bright Ideas Reap Rewards”

Second place, Medical/

Science: Diane Olson, “Raccoon Poop is a Very Bad Thing”

Third place, Arts & Entertainment: Sophie Silverstone,  “Sounds of Mali in Utah: Tinariwen and Vieux Farka Touré”

Honorable mention, Graphics/Best Single Page Design: Polly Mottonen


Then, on June 16, about 1,000 of you attended Bee Fest (see page 12), exceeding our expectations!.

It’s an honor to be recognized for what we do. And it’s you, readers, who make our efforts worthwhile. Thank you!

Greta Belanger deJong is editor and publisher of CATALYST.