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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kids VT, Seven Days' Free Parenting Magazine, Wins Six Awards From National Parenting Media Group

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 1:29 PM

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For the sixth year in a row, Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home the top writing prize at the Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design in PMA member publications. The association announced the honors at its annual March convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kids VT won the following awards in its size category:

“The writing in this publication is altogether original and engaging,” wrote the judge in the Overall Writing category.

The judge in the General Excellence category noted that, “Kids VT is unafraid to tackle complicated and challenging subjects.” An example: Freelance contributor Katie Titterton’s story from the April 2016 issue, about how Vermont parents navigate the “benefits cliff.” The term refers to the steep and sudden decline in health care benefits that a family faces if the parents’ income is just a few dollars over the maximum threshold for Medicaid.

“The author takes on a tough and important subject and clearly explains the topic,” wrote the judge in the News Feature category. “Not many parent’s publications would take on a complex issue like health care and be able to pull off a balanced and helpful piece. Excellent topic and superb journalism.”

This is the sixth year Kids VT has entered the PMA competition after the magazine was purchased by Burlington-based newsweekly Seven Days. The Kids VT staff recently redesigned the free monthly magazine for the first time since 2011 — the March 2017 issue is the first with several fresh new features, a kids’ activity section and a reorganized family fun calendar.

The PMA, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., represents more than 100 parenting magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kids VT is distributed free each month at more than 700 locations in northern and central Vermont. Its comprehensive calendar and weekly email newsletter, the Wee-Mail, keep Vermont families up-to-date on the latest local events. Find all of Kids VT’s award-winning content at kidsvt.com.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vermonters Find Jobs on Seven Days’ New and Improved Career Website

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Seven Days is excited to announce the launch of its brand-new, mobile-friendly job board for Vermont job seekers and recruiters.

The improved digital service helps candidates find current, local and vetted employment opportunities according to their interests and talents. Human Resource professionals can now manage job listings and track applicants throughout the hiring process.

Job Recruiters can now...
  • Post jobs using a simpler, more descriptive form that includes key info about their company and open positions (location, application deadlines, video, images, etc.)
  • Make edits to the text of their live job postings and mark them “filled” when a hire is made.
  • Accept applications and manage the hiring process via the job board’s new applicant tracking tool.
Job Seekers can now...
  • Search for jobs by keyword, location, category and job type (full-time, part-time, etc.)
  • Set up job alert emails using the same search criteria above.
  • Save jobs to a custom list with their own notes on the positions.
  • Apply for jobs directly through the site.
  • Share jobs on all popular social media channels.
Seven Days is the local marketplace for recruitment advertising. We connect qualified employees — our readers — with the best places to work in Vermont,” said publisher and coeditor Paula Routly.

All jobs posted online are included in the weekly employment section of Seven Days. More than 80,000 readers across the state — some of whom may not know they’re looking for a job — pick up the print newspaper. The employment section of the website hosts an additional 10,922 online visits per week.

The new, improved digital experience lets “employers and job seekers manage the entire process from the site's dashboard,” said Michelle Brown, who has spent more than 17 years helping Vermont recruiters find qualified applicants through Seven Days Jobs. “At the same time, there is a live person to help you through the process, if you need it.”
Michelle Brown
  • Michelle Brown

There’s another reason to choose Seven Days Jobs over other online recruitment services, said Routly: “It supports our quality journalism.”

Human Resource professionals who are interested in starting a multi-media campaign to target Vermont job seekers should contact Michelle Brown at 865-1020 ex 21 or email her at michelle@sevendaysvt.com.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seven Days Wins 10 First-Place Awards, Including General Excellence, in Regional Media Competition

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 3:41 PM

click image Kymelya Sari, 2016 Rookie of the Year
  • Kymelya Sari, 2016 Rookie of the Year
Seven Days, Vermont's free, independent newsweekly, won 10 first-place awards in this year's New England Better Newspaper Competition — including General Excellence and top honors for crimes and courts reporting, video journalism, design and human interest feature story. Staff writer Kymelya Sari was chosen as Rookie of the Year for weekly newspapers in the six-state region. The contest is organized by the New England Newspaper and Press Association; winners were announced at NENPA's annual convention last week in Boston.

NENPA members submitted 3,226 entries, split among five categories: daily newspapers with circulation up to 30,000; daily newspapers with circulation more than 30,000; weekly newspapers with circulation up to 6,000; weekly newspapers with circulation more than 6,000; and specialty publications. Seven Days — which circulates 36,000 copies every Wednesday — competed against numerous other large, New England weeklies.

Seven Days' 10 awards included:

  • First place for General Excellence. "Well-written and researched stories," commented one judge. "Superb weekly paper."
  • First place, weekly newspaper Rookie of the Year, for Kymelya Sari. "I applaud the paper for creating a new beat on the immigrant and refugee communities," one judge wrote. "Most importantly, thank you to Kymelya Sari for the depth and quality of writing that makes the beat crucial to the readers." Sari, a Singapore native, first came to Seven Days as a reporting fellow, after earning a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is now a staff writer.
  • First place, Overall Design and Presentation, for the Seven Days design team. "Takes design risks...and succeeds!" gushed the judge. "It's a weekly that's light on the eyes, yet not afraid to tackle issues."
  • First place for Best Overall Website. "An excellent website and perfectly suited to its altweekly style," noted the judge. "Solid user interactivity across the website."
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    • Eva Sollberger
    Two first-place awards for senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger's weekly web video series, "Stuck in Vermont": News Video, first place: "Stuck in Vermont 427: Trumpnado Hits Burlington;" Entertainment Video, first place: "Stuck in Vermont 446: Hanksville Mud Bog."
  • A first place in Crimes and Courts Reporting for Mark Davis. In particular, the judge praised his cover story, "A Second Chance: A Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender." "The reporting, interviews and documentation reveal a tale of conscience, struggle and complexity — and also forces the reader to reconsider the meaning of justice and redemption."
  • Mark Davis also won first place for his Human Interest Feature Story, "Right in Rutland: Will Mayor Chris Louras Fall on his Sword for 100 Syrians?" 
  • Kymelya Sari also took first place for Racial or Ethnic Issue Coverage, for her cover story on hate-crime victim Fatuma Bulle, who has become an advocate for refugee women and families. Readers "were treated with a well-written, deeply reported feature that introduces them to a victim who refused to be victimized," wrote the judge.
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    • Paul Heintz
    click image Terri Hallenbeck
    • Terri Hallenbeck
  • First place for "Right-to-Know" for Terri Hallenbeck and Paul Heintz. The pair wrote about Seven Days' decision to contest subpoenas received as a result of the investigation of Sen. Norm McAllister. "Seven Days invested significant financial and editorial resources to challenge subpoenas issued for three of its reporters," noted the judge. "This type of investment reflects an admirable commitment to freedom of the press. When the paper could have easily accepted the subpoenas, it instead fought them and educated its readers about the First Amendment every step of the way."
Seven Days scored second-place honors for specialty publication, for the newly redesigned What's Good: A Seven Days Field Guide to Burlington. Political editor Paul Heintz won second place for political columnist and local personality profile for his cover story on Northeast Kingdom developer Bill "Sunshine" Stenger.

Finally, Eva Sollberger, Diane Sullivan and Bryan Parmelee shared an honorable mention in the feature video category, for "Stuck in Vermont 434: Stuck Inside a Vermonter's Colon." The video, which documents Seven Days art director Rev. Diane Sullivan's colonoscopy, memorializes her brother, Michael, who died of colorectal cancer in 2003.

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