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Cityview wins coveted General Excellence Award


DES MOINES — Cityview, an alternative newsweekly in Des Moines published by Big Green Umbrella Media, and its affiliated publications brought home the coveted General Excellence Award during the Midwest Free Community Papers Association’s annual spring conference March 11-12 at Prairie Meadows Casino Hotel in Altoona.

Midwest Free Community Papers (MFCP) is a regional association of more than 150 publications in 10 states, including Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana with a combined member circulation of more than three million.

In addition, Cityview and its related publications were named the winner in five other categories, including Single Ad, Restaurant Ad, Best Original Feature, Best Home Landing Page and Design and Ad Contest (Karen Ericson).

The newspaper also placed second in three categories and swept all four spots in the Best Original Feature category.

“I am proud of all or our writers, editors, designers, sales reps — everyone who works at our company to make these recognitions happen,” said Shane Goodman, Cityview publisher and Big Green Umbrella Media owner. “We are fortunate to have such a talented staff who can do this type of work for our customers.”

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Big Green Umbrella Media is an independent, locally owned publishing company based in Johnston that reaches more than a half-million monthly readers each month with its newspapers, magazines, websites and social media. It is Iowa’s largest niche publisher. BGUM’s publications include Cityview, the Iowa Living magazines, Relish, Iowa Momentum, Pipsqueaks, West Des Moines/Waukee Business Journal and other niche titles.


SINGLE AD (color, medium size): Honorable mention, Bike World

SINGLE AD (color, large size): 1st place, B-Bop’s; 3rd place, Kohles and Bach.

RESTAURANT AD (color, any size): 1st place, Sam & Gabe’s; 2nd place, Smokey Row

BEST AD SERIES: Honorable mention, Abendroth Lawyers

CHRISTMAS AD (color, any size): 2nd place, Almost Home pet adoption

BEST ORIGINAL FEATURE: 1st place, Barber Shop, by Joe Weeg; 2nd place, Bill Maher, by Chad Taylor; 3rd place, Referees, by Cady Colosimo; Honorable mention, Road Trip, by Darren Tromblay.


DESIGN AN AD CONTEST: Karen Ericson (BGUM) was one of five winners.

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