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.
Utah Valley 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
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
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