Funny thing about journalism awards: You’re always grateful when your peers recognize a job well done, but ultimately, the only critics who count are your readers. From the very first issue of Vegas Seven more than 4½ years ago, this has been front of mind of every writer, editor, photographer, page designer, Web producer and sales-team member who has contributed to this magazine. We strive, first and foremost, to win your recognition.
Having said that, we’re obviously in the reporting business. Thus it is our duty to disclose, ever so humbly, that Vegas Seven is the recipient of 18 individual and team awards from the Nevada Press Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. This includes, for the first time, a first-place General Excellence honor for urban weekly publications (think of it as the Oscar for “Best Picture”).
Not that we’re keeping track, but this year’s haul brings Vegas Seven’s total to 80 Nevada Press Association awards. Throw in 15 certificates of excellence from the Western Publishing Association, and we’ve collected 95 state and regional honors in four years—not bad for the little city magazine that could!
On this page, we recognize our 18 NPA award-winners for 2014. And on the pages that follow, we continue to pursue our goal of providing the kind of entertaining and thought-provoking content that, hopefully, wins over the judges who matter most.
VEGAS SEVEN 2014 NPA AWARDS
1st Place – General Excellence
1st Place – Best Overall Design
1st Place – Best Illustration, Jon Reinfurt, Smith Center
1st Place – Best Special Section (Editorial), Intriguing People 2014
1st Place – Best Multimedia Story, Nicole Ely, The Reservists
2nd Place – Best Feature Story, David Schwartz, The Book That Tried to End Vegas
2nd Place – Best Local Column, Green Felt Journal, David Schwartz
2nd Place – Best Sports Feature, Sean DeFrank, An Oral History of Jerry Tarkanian
2nd Place – Best Entertainment Writing, Xania Woodman
2nd Place – Best Feature Photo, Anthony Mair, Freakling Out—The Victim Experience
2nd Place – Best Website, Vegas Seven
2nd Place – Best Multimedia Story, Intriguing People 2014
2nd Place – Best Online Writing, Geoff Carter, DTLV
3rd Place – Best Multiple Photo Essay, Julian Kilker, The Dark Beauty of Desolation
3rd Place – Best Portrait, Anthony Mair, Mark Hall-Patton
3rd Place – Best Special Section, Best of the City 2013
3rd Place – Best Advertising General Excellence.
3rd Place – Best Online Writing, Pj Perez, Urb Appeal