Cover design, magazine content and more: Utah Valley publications recognized with SPJ Awards

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Bennett Communications won seven awards from the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on Thursday night.

Bennett Communications received seven awards from Utah’s Society of Professional Journalists in the 2018 contest, which honors work completed by newspapers, magazines, TV/radio stations and online entities during 2017.

“As trained journalists, we value recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Jeanette Bennett, editor and co-owner of Bennett Communications. “We are proud of the work we do in Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ and UtahValley360.com, and to receive seven awards for our 2017 publications is exciting and fulfilling.”

The Winter 2017 Utah Valley BusinessQ cover featuring Travis Hansen, founder of Tesani Companies, took 1st place for Best Cover Design.

The SPJ awards are a peer-reviewed competition judged by fellow journalists. In April, all Utah media outlets turned in entries for some of their best, most journalistic pieces. On June 14, winners were recognized at a banquet at The Falls event center in Salt Lake City.

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, Fiesta Days, Utah Association of Realtors, The Layton Companies, and numerous clients in the network marketing industry.

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.

Read some of the award-winning articles below.

Utah Valley BusinessQ

Best Magazine

3rd place – Utah Valley BusinessQ

Magazine: Best Cover Design

1st place – “10 Coolest Entrepreneurs” by Dave Blackhurst, Jeanette Bennett and Briana Stewart

Magazine: Feature Story

3rd place – “Walls of Fame” by Briana Stewart, Jeanette Bennett and Dave Blackhurst in the Spring 2017 issue

The January/February 2017 issue of Utah Valley Magazine featured then-Provo Mayor John Curtis. The cover took third place in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists contest for the Utah chapter.

Magazine: News Story

2nd place – “The Q Awards” by Briana Stewart and Jeanette Bennett

3rd place – “UV50: The Rooms Where it Happens” by Briana Stewart and Jeanette Bennett

Utah Valley Magazine

Magazine: Best Cover Design

3rd place – “Person of the Year: John Curtis” by Dave Blackhurst and Jeanette Bennett

UtahValley360

Div. A: Opinion Column

1st place – “Why I was wrong not to add my voice sooner to ‘me too’” by Rebecca Lane

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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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