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Monday, December 4, 2017

Seven Days Wins 30 Vermont Press Association Awards

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click to enlarge First place photo in the "General News" category - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • First place photo in the "General News" category
Seven Days picked up 30 journalism awards, including 13 first-place prizes, at the Vermont Press Association’s annual meeting Thursday in Montpelier.

VPA officials handed out awards for two separate contests — one covering July 2015 through June 2016 and one covering July 2016 through June 2017 — at the gathering, held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The VPA includes 11 daily newspapers and four dozen non-dailies.

Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won recognition in categories ranging from news to arts to photography, competing in the non-daily division. It earned the top prize, “Best of Vermont, General Excellence,” in the 2016-2017 contest. 
click to enlarge Left to right: Jordan Adams, Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Dan Bolles - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Left to right: Jordan Adams, Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Dan Bolles
The paper’s arts staff — including assistant editor Dan Bolles, music editor Jordan Adams, staff writer Rachel Elizabeth  Jones and contributing writer Alex Brown — swept the “John D. Donoghue Award for Arts Criticism,” winning first, second and third place in  both contest years. Adams was also named  “Rookie of the Year” for 2016-2017.
click to enlarge Left to right: Alicia Freese, Paul Heintz, Molly Walsh - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Left to right: Alicia Freese, Paul Heintz, Molly Walsh
Seven Days’ news team won top honors  for “Best State Story” (political editor Paul Heintz) and “Best Local Story” (staff writer Molly Walsh). The VPA handed staff writer Alicia  Freese its 2016-2017 “Mavis Doyle Award,” which recognizes a reporter’s “aggressiveness, determination, compassion, commitment to journalism, dedication to social justice, and unwavering belief that journalism should be the watchdog of the government and the voice of the people.” (Staff writer Katie Jickling won “Best Local Story” in the 2015-2016 contest for work she did at the Herald of Randolph.)

Seven Days also picked up three first-place awards in the columnist categories: Heintz for “Political/ Hard News” and Bolles and staff writer Ken Picard for “Features/ Lifestyle/ Humor.” 
click to enlarge Left to right: Ken Picard, James Buck, Matthew Thorsen - JORDAN SILVERMAN (FAR LEFT); MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Jordan Silverman (far left); Matthew Thorsen
  • Left to right: Ken Picard, James Buck, Matthew Thorsen

Staff photographer Matthew Thorsen won first-place in the “General News Photo” category, while multimedia journalist James Buck won first for “Sports Photo.”

"We're honored that the judges recognized Seven Days for both news and arts writing, and for distinctive photography," said publisher Paula Routly.

"And we're grateful to our readers and advertisers for supporting a locally owned media company. If you enjoy Seven Days' high-quality local journalism, thank our advertisers for making it possible. Most of them are small, locally owned businesses just like us."

“Lastly, we're proud to be part of the VPA, whose members work tirelessly to provide essential coverage to their communities,” said Routly. “Vermonters are very fortunate to have so many great local newspapers.”

The full list of Seven Days’ VPA awards

Best of Vermont, General Excellence (non-daily):

2015-2016:
2nd place: Seven Days

2016-2017:
1st place: Seven Days

Outstanding Website (non-daily):

2016-2017:
1st place: Seven Days

Mavis Doyle Award (all newspapers):

2015-2016:
2016-2017:

Rookie of the Year (all newspapers):

2015-2016:
2016-2017:

Best State Story (non-daily):

2015-2016:
2016-2017:

Best Local Story (non-daily):

2015-2016:
2016-2017:

John Donoghue Award for Arts Criticism (all newspapers):

2015-2016:
2016-2017:

Column Writing — Features/Lifestyle/Humor (non-daily):

2015-2016:
  • 1st place: Dan Bolles
2016-2017:
  • 1st place: Ken Picard
  • 3rd place: Dan Bolles

Column Writing — Political/Hard News (non-daily):

2016-2017:
  • 1st place: Paul Heintz
  • 2nd place: John Walters
  • 3rd place: Paul Heintz

General News Photo (non-daily):

2015-2016:

Feature Photo (non-daily):

2015-2016:

Sports Photo (non-daily):

2015-2016:



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