Vegas Seven wins big at statewide awards ceremony

Vegas Seven won 15 awards—including the state’s highest individual honor and two General Excellence awards—at the 2011 Nevada Press Association banquet Oct. 15 in Virginia City.

The magazine, which was launched less than two years ago, earned four first-place awards: Outstanding Journalist (managing editor Greg Blake Miller), Best Entertainment Writing (senior editor Xania Woodman), Best Special Section (“The Nightlife Awards”) and Advertising General Excellence.

For Outstanding Journalist, which is a Sweepstakes award, nominees competed against all large metropolitan dailies and weeklies in Nevada. Miller has written several memorable features and essays for Vegas Seven

“Each of his articles have given our readership a better idea of what’s going on behind the news and told them a fuller story about the people and ideas that shape our city,” said Phil Hagen, WENDOH Media’s editorial director. “Greg understands that events don’t always disappear into history; they become part of the fabric that explains who we are.”

The Best Special Section award was accepted by Woodman, who oversees Vegas Seven’s nightlife and dining coverage.

Vegas Seven earned a second-place award for General Excellence among Nevada urban weeklies. (The Reno News & Review took first.) Other second-place honors went to Best Feature Story (“Green-Felt Hero” by Sean DeFrank), Best Local Non-staff Column (political columnist Michael Green), Best Overall Design (Art Director Christopher A. Jones) and Best Illustration (“The Carousing Cure,” Travis Jackson).

The magazine also earned third-place awards for Best Explanatory Journalism (“The Freedom Fighters,” by Miller), Best Entertainment Writing (A&E Editor Cindi Reed), Best Page One Design (designers Christopher A. Jones, Marvin Lucas, Thomas Speak), Best Multiple Photo Essay (“Making It Work,” by Ryen McPherson), Best Portrait (by Hamesh Shahani) and Best Special Section (“Best of the City 2011”).

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