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Marketwire’s June Hawk Eye Awards and Editorial MVPs



At Marketwire, our amazing teams work hard every day to ensure that our clients receive the best possible experience that is Beyond Words.

Our editors process thousands of releases monthly and sometimes receive a release that contains errors, despite rigorous checking and multiple proofs by the client.  Every quarter two editors from North America are honored with our Hawk Eye Award for their amazing eyes and ability to spot errors within a client’s release and correct them before the release is distributed publicly.

June’s Hawk Eyes:  Mark Stratford, Toronto and Natalie Leal, Los Angeles

Every quarter we also recognize and celebrate two editors in North America with our MVP award. These editors have gone above and beyond during the quarter in help our clients and offering the industry’s best customer service.

This quarter’s MVPs:  Claire Haley, Chicago and Megan Cuthbert, Calgary

To help you get to know them better, we’ve had our award winners answer a few fun questions.


Mark Stratford, Senior Editor (Toronto)

  • What does Beyond Words mean to you?
    I think it means that we provide such uniformly excellent and flawless results that it leaves our customers literally speechless. They would tell us just how great we are, but they can’t – they’re beyond words.
  • What’s your favourite movie?
    Life During Wartime by Todd Solondz
  • What’s your favourite movie quote?
    “Oh, for goodness sakes, get down off that crucifix. Someone needs the wood.”  From, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • What’s your favourite colour?
    Purple
  • What’s your favourite day of the week?
    Saturday
  • Cat or dog?
    Neither.  Allergies.
  • What was the last book you read?
    Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason by Mike Sacks
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
    John Lennon
  • If you could travel to any region in the world, where would it be?
    My living room
  • Mac or PC?
    Etch-A-Sketch
  • If you could eat any food what would it be?
    An entire Dairy Queen soft-serve cake
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?
    An iPhone with unlimited juice
  • Anything else you want to share?
    Go Marketwire!


Natalie Leal, Associate Editor (Los Angeles)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CatalieLeal (New)
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalie-leal/7/823/485

  • What does Beyond Words mean to you?
    Beyond Words means you can transmit your desired message using other media besides the written word, such as videos, images, infographics…etc. It’s about taking advantage of the tools you have in this digital age.
  • What’s your favourite movie?
    Life is Beautiful
  • What’s your favourite movie quote?
    I don’t have a favorite movie quote. But there are two quotes I would love to share:  “I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” — Unknown source and “Don’t hate the black and don’t hate the white, if you get bitten hate the bite.” — Sly Stone
  • What’s your favourite colour?
    I don’t have one. I like earth tones.
  • What’s your favourite day of the week?
    Saturday, because it’s the first day off.
  • Cat or dog?
    Both. I’ve had cats my whole life and I am a staunch defender of cats in the common cat vs. dog debate, particularly when people pass judgment on cats without ever having been too familiar with one (am I taking this question too seriously?!). But I also love dogs, I’ve always wanted one. They seem to make better companions. I just find cats to be so quirky and amusing, and they can display some powerful affection.
  • What was the last book you read?
    The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
    Mahatma Gandhi. I think he would have some insights to share. I’d also like to meet White House Reporter Helen Thomas.
  • If you could travel to any region in the world, where would it be?
    I would really enjoy travelling to South America. For starters, there wouldn’t be a huge language barrier in the Spanish-speaking countries. I identify strongly with my Colombian roots but have never visited. I would also love to experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu, learn how to tango in Argentina, see the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil…and if this wish happens to come true in 2014…go to the World Cup in Brazil!
  • Mac or PC?
    PC
  • If you could eat any food what would it be?
    If you couldn’t tell from my previous answers, I’m having trouble narrowing it down. There is so much food I could think of that’s just the bees knees. It’s a tossup between my comfort food: a Colombian dish with red beans, rice and an arepa (flat patty made of flour) and Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?
    The romantic part of me chooses my boyfriend. The dreamer in me opts for a unicorn. And my pragmatic side would go with a fully-functional boat.
  • Anything else you want to share?
    I can speak backwards.

 


Claire HaleyClaire Haley, Editor (Chicago) 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/claire-haley/54/b7b/43

  • What does Beyond Words mean to you?
    Beyond Words means that Marketwire’s services go beyond what my department does (we’re all about the words in Editorial!)
  • What’s your favourite movie?
    Rushmore
  • What’s your favourite colour?
    Gold
  • What’s your favourite day of the week?
    Cliché, but Saturday
  • Cat or dog?
    Cat
  • What was the last book you read?
    Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
    Marc Bolan of T.Rex
  • If you could travel to any region in the world, where would it be?
    Australia and New Zealand
  • Mac or PC?
    PC!
  • If you could eat any food what would it be?
    Portillo’s Italian Beef
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you?
    Ideally, a means of escape!

 

Congrats to all of our award winners and everyone working behind the scenes in Editorial.


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