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"Nancy was in the trenches every day leading that fight,’’ said media attorney Jeffrey Hunt, who worked alongside Conway in the media alliance. "She was relentless. She was not going to let GRAMA go down on her watch."
It didn’t. Under intense public and media pressure, including a rare front-page Tribune editorial, the Legislature repealed HB477.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert commended Conway and Anderson for "their meaningful and thoughtful contributions’’ in informing Utahns.
"These are changing times for news media," Herbert said in a statement, "and, while it’s difficult to see change impact our local newspapers, I expect The Tribune will move forward and adapt as needed."
Fitzpatrick has produced award-winning work as a reporter, news editor, editorial writer and managing editor. Recently, he has overseen technology at the paper.
Carricaburu, managing editor of sports, business and features, will become the sole managing editor. She was metro editor at The Standard-Examiner in Ogden before joining The Tribune in 1996.
During Conway’s tenure, the newspaper has experimented with niche publications aimed at reaching Wasatch Front neighborhoods and Spanish-speaking audiences. Each eventually folded.
The Tribune also has dramatically expanded its online staff and reoriented its newsroom to a 24-hour publication model. During that time, traffic to sltrib.com has grown exponentially.
Today, the Tribune’s Web presence attracts almost 25 million page views a month. Slipping print circulation, however, was estimated in May 2013 at 104,203 daily and 138,851 on Sundays.
Conway said The Tribune and the U.S. news industry as a whole continue to struggle at making money from those online readers as news-consumption patterns evolve rapidly and advertisers increasingly steer their dollars away from traditional, general-audience publications and toward more targeted media outlets.
"Nobody has the answer yet,’’ said Conway. "If they did, we’d be doing it."
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