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Friday, January 19, 2018

Facebook's Changing. Here Are Seven Ways to Find Seven Days

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 3:09 PM

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Been reading about Facebook’s News Feed changes? Yeah, so have we. And, honestly, your guess is as good as ours on how they're going to affect what you see when you log in and start scrolling.

What we do know is that we can't rely on Facebook to show you the stories we post going forward. We think you'll still see some of them, but maybe not as often, and maybe not the ones you'd really like to see.

Luckily, there are lots of other ways to keep up with Seven Days, starting with picking up a copy of the newspaper. A new issue hits the streets every Wednesday, available at 1,100 locations in northern and central Vermont and Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Here are seven ways to find the latest from Seven Days online.

1. See Seven Days posts first on Facebook

If you still want to find our stuff on Facebook, here's one way to keep us in your News Feed. First, make sure you've liked and followed our page.

Then, under the "Following" tab, hit "See First" to see more of our stories. You can also turn on notifications for our page, so you get notified when we post something, start a live video, add an event — or all three!
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2. Sign up for one (or more!) of our newsletters

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Seven Days' newsletters deliver to your inbox the top Vermont news stories, the latest local restaurant openings, the best weekend events, the buzzworthy cannabis coverage and so much more. And you can sign up for the Know It All to get an early morning email with every single thing we've published in the past 24 hours.

Head over to the sign-up page to check out examples, or sign up below.

Once you've signed up, add yourfriends@sevendaysvt.com to your email contacts so you can be sure these nifty newsletters go to the right place.
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3. Check out our Messenger bot for story notifications

Do you use Facebook Messenger? We're trying out a new thing over there. If you send us a message, you'll get an automated response asking you to indicate what kind of stories you like to read. Once it knows your preferences, it will send you alerts when we publish stories and videos you might like. Try it out — you can opt out at any time.

If you have the Messenger app on your phone, you can get notifications from us right on your home screen. If you don't, you'll still see messages when you log into Facebook.

This bot is still in beta, so if you run into any issues or have feedback, drop a line to andrea@sevendaysvt.com. A real human being (that's me!) will read and respond.

4. Find Seven Days on Apple News

Got an iPhone or iPad? You probably have the News app on your device. Pop that puppy open and do a search for "Seven Days." Our channel should appear.

Mash that heart button, and you should start seeing new Seven Days stories in the main Apple News feed.
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5. Add Seven Days as a preferred source on Google News

You might already see our articles pop up when searching for Vermont-specific headlines on Google News, but to make sure you're seeing important stories from us, you can tell Google News to show you more.

Head to the settings panel and select "Sources," then search for Seven Days. Make sure you pick the one that has our URL right below the publication name (that's sevendaysvt.com, if you haven't been paying attention 😉).
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6. Subscribe to Seven Days' YouTube channels

We also make lots of videos! YouTube subscribers get alerts when we publish a new episode of one of our regular shows. Just head to the show page and hit "Subscribe" to opt in.

Stuck in Vermont: It's hard to believe, but Eva Sollberger has been exploring Vermont and profiling the fun, quirky people who live here in her weekly video series for more than 10 years. (You can also subscribe to her weekly newsletter.)

Seriously Seven Days: Bryan Parmelee, Seven Days' digital production specialist, hosts this humorous take on the week's news.

7. Download our app to flip through the paper every week

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Want to read Seven Days on your digital device, but miss the print experience? There's an app for that! Flip through the print edition each week using the Seven Days app, available in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store.
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Got another way you'd like to find our stories? Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Seven Days Wins 30 Vermont Press Association Awards

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 4:22 PM

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Seven Days picked up 30 journalism awards, including 13 first-place prizes, at the Vermont Press Association’s annual meeting Thursday in Montpelier.

VPA officials handed out awards for two separate contests — one covering July 2015 through June 2016 and one covering July 2016 through June 2017 — at the gathering, held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The VPA includes 11 daily newspapers and four dozen non-dailies.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Seven Days Hires Award-Winning Reporter Taylor Dobbs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 12:01 PM

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Award-winning journalist Taylor Dobbs is joining the news team at Vermont’s independent newsweekly, Seven Days. Since September 2013, he’s been a digital reporter at Vermont Public Radio, where he has distinguished himself online and on-air.

Dobbs, 27, has won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his coverage of the opiate crisis, a quadruple homicide and Green Mountain Power’s failure to document expenses. Earlier this month, he won a national Murrow Award for a video illustrating how the Iowa Democratic caucus works — using Legos.
At Seven Days, Dobbs will serve as an investigative reporter and will cover Vermont state government and politics. He’ll start December 6.

Prior to joining VPR, Dobbs wrote several freelance pieces for Seven Days and interned for VTDigger.org. He earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Northeastern University in 2013. Shortly before graduating, Dobbs got some very real-world reporting experience: In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, he joined the manhunt for the men responsible and covered it all on Twitter. His on-the-scene reporting and photography were picked up by news outlets around the world.

“Taylor’s not going to sit around in a newsroom,” said Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. “He’s eager, ambitious, inventive and plugged in.”

Dobbs grew up in Montpelier — less than a mile from the Statehouse.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meet Innovators and Recruiters — and Speakers From Tesla and Facebook — at the 11th Vermont Tech Jam

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:45 AM

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The state’s top tech firms will be hiring at Seven DaysVermont Tech Jam, a free event which takes place Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, 2017, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.

The expo floor will host more than 60 companies, colleges and tech organizations. But this year’s Jam is much more than just a job fair: The schedule includes a dozen presentations organized into three tracks: one for small business owners and decision makers, one for job seekers, and another for anyone curious about emerging opportunities in the local tech scene. This year’s speakers represent companies including Tesla, Facebook, IBM, Burton Snowboards and the new Burlington Code Academy.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Seven Days Political Editor Paul Heintz Wins Two Prestigious Journalism Prizes

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM

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  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Paul Heintz
For his hard-hitting political reporting and successful efforts to pass a media shield law in Vermont, Seven Days political editor Paul Heintz has been selected as the AP Sevellon Brown New England Journalist of the Year. The New England Society of News Editors honored Heintz at its fall conference with the New England Newspaper & Press Association on Thursday in Natick, Mass. “He’s not just a dogged reporter and eloquent writer,” the judges said of Heintz, 33, of Hinesburg; “he’s a leader in the field.”

Heintz and Seven Days also received the 2017 Morley L. Piper First Amendment Award, which is presented “to a New England newspaper that shows leadership on First Amendment issues, either by the exceptional quality of its reporting or commentary, or for the way it overcame legal challenges.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Eva Sollberger’s Stuck in Vermont Video Series Hits 500 Episode Mark

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, today released the 500th episode of Eva Sollberger’s video series, Stuck in Vermont. Since 2007, Sollberger has been documenting Vermont people, places, events and traditions in her videos, which are published each Thursday on sevendaysvt.com. Her Stuck in Vermont stories have been viewed nearly four million times on YouTube. Since 2012, Sollberger and her videos have also appeared weekly on the WCAX local news.

For her 500th episode, Sollberger wrote, directed and starred in a 22-minute musical, featuring several well-known locals, including actor Rusty DeWees, Vermont cartoonist laureate Alison Bechdel, Burlington police chief Brandon Del Pozo, Festival of Fools creator Woody Keppel and VPR’s Friday Night Jazz host Reuben Jackson. The video can be viewed on sevendaysvt.com, and on the Stuck in Vermont YouTube channel.

Many members of the production’s sizable cast and crew attended an invitation-only premiere at Hotel Vermont on Thursday, August 17; the Burlington boutique hotel has sponsored Stuck in Vermont since 2013. General manager Hans van Wees addressed the crowd of 75, along with Cindy Morgan of New England Federal Credit Union, also a current Stuck in Vermont sponsor. Representatives from past sponsoring entities — Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman Realty and the Vermont Department of Tourism — also praised Sollberger before the screening.

Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of tourism and marketing for the State of Vermont, said he has heard from numerous people who have visited and even moved to the state after discovering Sollberger’s videos.

Before the screening, Seven Days associate publisher Cathy Resmer noted that the national Association of Alternative Newsmedia recently honored Sollberger with its top multimedia prize at its July convention (see River of Light video below). Over the past two years, the New England Newspaper and Press Association has recognized her work with five first-place awards. Sollberger also won last year's Best Video award from the New England Society of News Editors.
Resmer detailed the astounding amount of work that goes into each episode. “From finding and vetting the stories, to setting up the shoots, to packing and schlepping the cameras, mikes, gimbals and lights, to shooting the footage, to editing … Keeping this up year after year after year requires incredible drive, stamina, persistence and passion,” she said.

In a letter to Sollberger, Gov. Phil Scott echoed that praise. “I commend you for your exceptional drive and dedication to documenting Vermont culture,” he wrote. “Stuck in Vermont serves as a celebration of values Vermonters have always held dear — our cherished independence and strong sense of community — and it serves the public by being made available, for free, to anyone with an internet connection.”

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Seven Days Wins Three First-Place Awards in National Media Competition

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 12:49 PM

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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won three first-place awards at the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference last month in Washington, D.C.

The AAN Awards 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. Seven Days’ awards included:

Multimedia, 1st Place

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For Eva Sollberger’s  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

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For stories by Terri Hallenbeck and Paul Heintz about Seven Days’ decision to fight subpoenas issued to Heintz, reporter Mark Davis and news editor Matthew Roy. All three were involved in covering the sexual assault investigation of state Sen. Norm McAllister.

Beat Reporting, 1st Place, "Circulation Under 45,000"

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For a selection of “cops and courts” stories by Mark Davis 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.

Seven Days 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 (Margot Harrison), 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 Kymelya Sari in the Race Reporting category, for her cover story “Finding Her Voice: Hate crime victim Fatuma Bulle advocates for refugee women and families.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

What's the Deal With Our 50-Foot Donald Trump Cover?

Posted By and on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:33 PM

This week's Seven Days cover features an illustration by Vermont cartoonist and regular New Yorker contributor Harry Bliss.

How does something like this go from the original concept to the front of 36,000 newspapers? Here's our art director, Rev. Diane Sullivan, to explain:

And once you've taken a peek behind the scenes, make sure to check out the cover story, by Paul Heintz: "Trumpatized? Prominent Vermonters Reveal Their White House Worries."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vermont Restaurant Week Donates $21,380 to the Vermont Foodbank

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:26 PM

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A total of $21,380 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 8th annual Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days.

“Vermont Restaurant Week is an incredible celebration of food for our community. It raises awareness about the issue of hunger in our state and helps us ensure all of our neighbors have the quality food they need to thrive,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles. “We are so grateful to Seven Days, Vermont Federal Credit Union, City Market, the Vermont Community Foundation, sponsors, restaurants and customers who came together to make this generous gift possible. Their commitment helps work toward a reality where everyone in our community can celebrate the joy of good food.”

“This is Vermont Federal Credit Union’s eighth year as presenting sponsor for Vermont Restaurant Week,” said VFCU President and CEO Jean Giard. “We are proud to be part of this event, which supports the Vermont Foodbank and features our local restaurants.”

Many factors contributed to the total donation. Proceeds from the Bottomless Brunch Bash, a curated tasting event featuring local chefs, went to the foodbank. Donations also came from a panel discussion at ArtsRiot; from Aperitivo, a snacky social hour at Maglianero; event raffles; and a portion of sponsorship dollars.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Vermont Community Foundation provided a matching grant of $5,000 for the foodbank. The foundation was established in 1986 by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals and provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments.

City Market/Onion River Co-op, one of the festival’s sponsors, made the Vermont Foodbank its 40 percent recipient in the store’s Rally for Change program during the month of April. That program encourages customers to round up their total at the register and donate the difference.

Lastly, participating restaurants were encouraged to set up individual fundraising pages on classy.com to help raise more money for the foodbank. The Hyde Away Inn & Restaurant in Waitsfield collected more than $2,000 for the cause.

More than 100 restaurants across the state participated in Vermont Restaurant Week this year. Each location offered special, prix-fixe meals during the event, which ran from April 21 to 30.

In addition to Vermont Federal Credit Union and City Market, this year’s sponsors were Vermont Creamery, Switchback Brewing Co., WhistlePig Whiskey, Swish White River and the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, with media support from Jumponit and WNCS the Point.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kids VT, Seven Days' Free Parenting Magazine, Wins Six Awards From National Parenting Media Group

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 1:29 PM

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For the sixth year in a row, Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home the top writing prize at the Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design in PMA member publications. The association announced the honors at its annual March convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kids VT won the following awards in its size category:

“The writing in this publication is altogether original and engaging,” wrote the judge in the Overall Writing category.

The judge in the General Excellence category noted that, “Kids VT is unafraid to tackle complicated and challenging subjects.” An example: Freelance contributor Katie Titterton’s story from the April 2016 issue, about how Vermont parents navigate the “benefits cliff.” The term refers to the steep and sudden decline in health care benefits that a family faces if the parents’ income is just a few dollars over the maximum threshold for Medicaid.

“The author takes on a tough and important subject and clearly explains the topic,” wrote the judge in the News Feature category. “Not many parent’s publications would take on a complex issue like health care and be able to pull off a balanced and helpful piece. Excellent topic and superb journalism.”

This is the sixth year Kids VT has entered the PMA competition after the magazine was purchased by Burlington-based newsweekly Seven Days. The Kids VT staff recently redesigned the free monthly magazine for the first time since 2011 — the March 2017 issue is the first with several fresh new features, a kids’ activity section and a reorganized family fun calendar.

The PMA, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., represents more than 100 parenting magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kids VT is distributed free each month at more than 700 locations in northern and central Vermont. Its comprehensive calendar and weekly email newsletter, the Wee-Mail, keep Vermont families up-to-date on the latest local events. Find all of Kids VT’s award-winning content at kidsvt.com.

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