Utah Valley Magazine continues streak as best Utah magazine; UtahValley360 earns 7 SPJ awards

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Besides taking first and third for best magazines in 2015, Bennett Communications also swept the best cover category with Utah Valley BusinessQ (1st), Utah Valley Magazine (2nd) and Utah Valley Bride (3rd). (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Besides taking first and third for best magazine in 2015, Bennett Communications also swept the best cover category with Utah Valley BusinessQ (1st), Utah Valley Magazine (2nd) and Utah Valley Bride (3rd). (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Utah Valley Magazine was once again named the best magazine in Utah in 2015 by the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Bennett Communications, which publishes Utah Valley Magazine, also took third place for Utah Valley BusinessQ in the best magazine category. In total, Bennett Communications took home 16 SPJ awards from Thursday night’s annual event.

“We are greatly honored to once again be recognized by our peers,” said Matt Bennett, co-owner and publisher of Bennett Communications. “Our team of writers, designers and sales reps work tirelessly to produce quality content for our readers. I’m proud of our team’s efforts to serve the Utah Valley community.”

The SPJ awards are peer-reviewed by a board of Utah-based journalists. In April, all Utah media outlets turned in entries for some of their best, most journalistic pieces. On Thursday night, winners were recognized at a banquet at The Falls in Salt Lake City.

Besides taking two of the best magazine awards, Bennett Communications earned seven other awards for the magazine and seven more for its online site, UtahValley360.com.

In September 2013, Bennett Communications added a daily news site to its family of glossy magazines. UtahValley360.com provides daily content featuring local news, sports, LDS stories and humor.

The Orem-based magazine publisher owns multiple magazines, including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ and Utah Valley Bride. Bennett Communications also creates magazines for the Utah Valley Parade of Homes, Orem Summerfest, Fiesta Days, Utah Association of Realtors, The Layton Companies, and numerous clients in the network marketing industry.

The annual SPJ contest brought in 860 entries from various media outlet platforms throughout Utah. Utah Valley Magazine has been named the best magazine in Utah for several years running. Read some of the award-winning articles below.

The Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists judged and awarded these annual prizes.

The Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists judged and awarded these annual prizes.

Utah Valley Magazine

Best Magazine

1st place – Utah Valley Magazine

Best Magazine News Story

2nd place – “Home on the Change” by Alisha Gallagher

3rd place – “Valiant in the Valley” by Greg Bennett

Honorable Mention – “Excellence in Attitude” by Greg Bennett

Best Magazine Featured Story

Honorable Mention – “Team C” by Jeanette Bennett

Best Cover Design

2nd place – Utah Valley Magazine November 2015 by Dave Blackhurst and Jeanette Bennett

Utah Valley BusinessQ

Best Magazine

3rd place – Utah Valley BusinessQ

Best Cover Design

1st place – Winter Quarter by Dave Blackhurst, Jeanette Bennett and Briana Stewart

Utah Valley Bride

Best Cover Design

3rd place – Utah Valley Bride Fall by Dave Blackhurst, Briana Stewart and Mikki Platt

UtahValley360.com

Div. B: General Feature

3rd place – “Elizabeth Smart joined Operation Underground Railroad on a mission” by Rebecca Lane

Div. B: Government

1st place – “Utah County group encourages women to get involved in politics” by Amie Rose

Div. B: Humor/Lifestyle column

2nd place – “A two-letter word that means ‘yes’ for your kids” by Elyssa Andrus

Div. B: Religion/Values

1st place – “Mama Dragons breathe fire for their gay Mormon kids” by Ashley Dickson

Div. B: Sports Deadline Reporting

Honorable Mention – “Kalani Sitake sets plans in motion after finally fulfilling his BYU coaching dream” by John Coon

Div. B: Sports Non-Deadline Reporting

Honorable Mention – “Former AF prep star Marcel Davis has higher purpose for transferring to UVU” by John Coon

Div. B: Spot News

Honorable Mention – “County GOP will talk Ashley Madison allegations against Utah County commissioner” by Amie Rose

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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