Las Vegas CityLife
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Las Vegas CityLife, founded in August 1996, was the oldest alternative weekly newspaper in Southern Nevada and covered news about the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. Coverage included news, politics, arts, and culture reporting in print and online formats. The publication is owned by Stephens Media Group but was formerly owned by Wick Communications. Its primary competitors were Las Vegas Weekly (founded in 1998) and Vegas Seven (founded in 2010). Publication ceased on January 30, 2014.
Its editor, Scott Dickensheets, took the position in February 2011 after then-Editor Steve Sebelius returned to the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a political columnist. Former managing editors include Larry Lane, Bill Hughes, Geoff Schumacher, Hugh Jackson, Matthew O'Brien and Steve Sebelius. Former writers include Sarah Jane Woodall, Chad Plummer, Launce Rake, Pj Perez and Heidi Walters. Current writers include: Amy Kingsley, Chip Mosher, George Knapp, and Mike Prevatt. Syndicated columns include Savage Love and Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezsny. Also, from 2004 through 2007, true crime author and freelance journalist Cathy Scott wrote a column for the weekly titled "Crime & Punishment." O'Brien expanded a feature article he wrote in CityLife, about killer TJ Weber who hid out in the storm tunnels before his arrest, into the book Beneath the Neon.
In September 2006, CityLife earned more awards than the other weekly newspapers in the state in the Nevada Press Association's annual Better Newspapers Contest. The NPA has 60 member publications of which 40 are weeklies.
The precursor to CityLife was a publication called the Las Vegas New Times. Started in September 1992, Las Vegas New Times was quickly sold to Wick Communications. On August 1, 1996, the name was changed to Las Vegas CityLife to avoid legal conflicts with another publication, the Phoenix New Times. Rod Smith published the paper from August 1998 to January 2002.
Over the course of the newspaper's history, two large Las Vegas casino corporations, the MGM and Station Casinos, pulled their advertising because of news stories about their properties and managers which the businesses felt were condemnatory. Rod Smith, the publisher at the time, called the actions of the MGM, in particular, "petty private censorship."
In March 2004, Portland-based designer Kat Topaz redesigned the CityLife logo and layout to give the publication an updated feel. The current design is the work of Maureen Adamo.
The offices of CityLife were currently housed alongside the Las Vegas Review-Journal building, at 1111 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89106. Formerly, the paper was located on Pama Lane in Green Valley, Henderson, and before that, on Wynn Road near Chinatown, Las Vegas.
In 2009, CityLife was accepted for membership in the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, an organization of alternative weekly newspapers in the United States and Canada. The newspaper had applied unsuccessfully for membership in 2007. In 2010, the newspaper won a first-place award from AAN in the "format buster" category for a report on disparate redevelopment spending between downtown Las Vegas and the heavily minority West Las Vegas area. Staffers recognized for the award were Amy Kingsley, Maureen Adamo and freelance videographer Justin Yurkanin. In Jan., 2014, the paper ceased production, and shut down its website a year later.
Recurring features in CityLife included:
- "CityLife Picks," top event listings for the week
- "Best of the Valley," a yearly listing of readers' top choices for favorite restaurants and other venues in various categories
- "On The Scene," a short feature about a top clubbing or event pick for the week
- "Fear and Lounging," a weekly music performance pick
- "Dining Out," a weekly restaurant pick
- "Socrates in Sodom," opinion piece written by an experienced Clark County educator
Las Vegas CityLife was free to the public and went to press every Wednesday for publication and distribution citywide on Thursdays. As of September 2011, circulation was 70,000 copies per week at more than 2,200 sites, including UNLV, Barnes & Noble, Terrible Herbst, and 7-11.
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