, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won three first-place awards at the annual
Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference
last month in Washington, D.C.
recognize the most artful, compelling and courageous journalism produced each year by the alternative newsmedia. AAN member publications vary in size and circulation, and are based in cities across the U.S. and Canada; the annual awards contest gives these publications the opportunity to compete against their peers. This year’s competition consisted of 817 entries submitted by 67 publications; the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland conducted the judging.
Multimedia, 1st Place
Stuck in Vermont episode, “
The River of Light Harvest Moon Winooski Paddle.
” A second video of hers, “
Stuck Inside a Vermonter’s Colon,
” received an honorable mention.
Free Speech, 1st Place
For stories by
’ decision to fight subpoenas issued to Heintz, reporter Mark Davis and news editor
. All three were involved in covering the sexual assault investigation of state
Sen. Norm McAllister
Beat Reporting, 1st Place, "Circulation Under 45,000"
For a selection of “cops and courts” stories by
about a zealous prosecutor in Bennington County;
a justice-seeking Burlington mother
whose two sons overdosed together; and a
police-officer-involved shooting in Winooski
also received second-place honors in the Special Section category for the newly redesigned
What’s Good: A Seven Days Field Guide to Burlington. Seven Days
writers and designers were recognized with third- place honors for Film Criticism (
), Cover Design (Diane Sullivan and Brooke Bousquet), Illustration and Format Buster/Innovation — the latter for a collaborative Bernie Sanders-themed “
Feel the Bern
” adult coloring contest. Honorable mention recipients included
Hannah Palmer Egan
in the Food Writing category, and
in the Race Reporting category, for her cover story “
Finding Her Voice: Hate crime victim Fatuma Bulle advocates for refugee women and families