Popular Vegas Seven Magazine to Go Out of Print

A popular Las Vegas weekly magazine, Vegas Seven, will mark its last print edition on Sep. 21, 2017.

Vegas Seven is published by Wendoh Media, and will transition to an all-digital platform following its final edition which will feature the Life is Beautiful music festival, which it co-owns.

Vegas Seven magazine

Vegas Seven has been an invaluable part of the Las Vegas conversation since 2010.

Vegas Seven magazine launched in 2010 and has become essential reading for Las Vegas enthusiasts.

From the Vegas Seven Web site: “Unlike most weeklies, Vegas Seven touches on all categories of Las Vegas life—from fashion and food to health and sports to politics and education.” We’re pretty sure Las Vegas Weekly does that, too, but let’s not get bogged down with details.

And let’s not forget nightlife. Vegas Seven has been one of the primary advertising vehicles of Las Vegas nightclubs and dayclubs in recent years, with more DJ interviews than even we thought possible.

Vegas Seven magazine

One of our few gripes about Vegas Seven was its use of microfonts after a recent redesign. We love pretty pictures, but not at the expense of words and readability.

The economic challenges of producing print news publications have been well documented, especially related to newspapers.

The financial landscape at Vegas Seven is clearly changing, and even if the publication continues with an all-digital format, resources are certain to shift, and the magazine’s schedule and editorial mix are likely to change as well.

Our biggest concern is that a shake-up could mean we stop getting weekly columns from our favorite Vegas Seven contributors and friends, Dave Schwartz, of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research and Anthony Curtis of the Las Vegas Advisor.

No official announcement of the end of the print version of Vegas Seven has been made, but you know our philosophy: If it’s in a news release, it’s too late.™

Here’s hoping Vegas Seven finds a new life online, as you can never get too much Vegas.

Update (5/20/18): It’s being reported the online edition of Vegas Seven will cease operations. We wish the talented staff at the publication all the best.

19 thoughts on “Popular Vegas Seven Magazine to Go Out of Print

  1. Bouldersteve

    Sorry to hear this.Always found it to be a interesting read. Hopefully Las Vegas Weekly will pick up the slack.

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    1. Corey Levitan

      Maybe in an alternative universe, they will. In this one, Las Vegas Weekly has always been just a fashion magazine, the country’s only alt-weekly that’s actually more mainstream than the media it neglects to provide an alternative to.

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        1. Scott Roeben Post author

          What makes you think that? L.A. Weekly is owned by Voice Media Group. Vegas Seven is owned by Wendoh Media. Las Vegas Weekly is owned by Greenspun.

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      1. Scott Roeben

        I think it has a decent amount of Las Vegas news and interviews, and I read it every week. Possibly because of a lack of alternatives, but there’s almost always something of interest.

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  2. Corey Levitan

    Nice sentiment. But Vegas Seven won’t continue with an all-digital format. No print
    publication ever does — in anything other than name. They become just-websites that are shadows of their former journalistic selves, digital grave markers run by one well-meaning but overwhelmed editor tasked with finding unpaid writers with any institutional knowledge whatsoever. What a sad end for the only vehicle for good journalism left in my former hometown.

    … besides Vital Vegas.

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    1. Scott Roeben

      Yeah, I tend to agree with publications that go all digital. It lets them off the hook for a set schedule, and there’s really no reason to expend resources as revenue from their sites doesn’t tend to be substantial. I’m not even sure they’ll do a digital magazine. They’re talking about a spectrum of digital efforts, so who knows what that means. I think Vegas Seven is fluffier than the Weekly, with more advertorial, so I’m not sure what would be lost other than a couple of columns I enjoy. Both weeklies drop in Vegas news, though, the bread and butter of my site. Thanks for the kind words, by the way. I don’t pretend that what I do is journalism. I don’t know what to call it, but appreciate the sentiment. “)

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      1. Corey Levitan

        I won’t challenge your “fluffier” opinion. I haven’t read Vegas Seven since I knew I was moving a year ago — and probably for 6 months before that. So I didn’t know about the advertorial. The memory I have is of investigations of political corruption, deep dives into underground culture and powerful cover stories on people crushed by the Vegas dream.

        And the difference between this site and the other Vegas blogs, besides your superior humor, is that you REALIZE blogs are not quite journalism.

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  3. Scott Roeben

    Ah, OK. Yeah, Vegas Seven isn’t an alternative anything. There’s no investigative journalism whatsoever, and they work closely with those in public relations as well as those who advertise in the magazine to generate content. I am not aware of an alternative magazine in Las Vegas. City Life was probably the last one.

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    1. Corey Levitan

      As I just finished typing below, Vegas Seven was an awesome alt-weekly when it just started and had all that Observer money to do good journalism. I’m less familiar with what it eventually became and I have no idea what it is now.

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      1. Corey Levitan

        Full disclosure: I met with Ryan and Justin in 2008, two years before Vegas Seven launched. They wanted me on board but couldn’t come anywhere near what I was earning at the R-J. After the newspaper laid me off in 2011, I pitched a humor column to editor Phil Hagen, who didn’t think I was worthy of working there.

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  4. VegasSlushy

    Back in my day, you could find a variety of “tourist” publications if you looked around a bit. Those still exist, but they’re not as bountiful as the good ol’ days… not surprising. I bet there was a variety of other publications around that I wouldn’t typically find, being a tourist and all. There will always be a value to the print product, and a place for it, but that may be product, singular, some day.

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  5. Funkhouser

    That’s disappoint to hear. Especially if all digital means in a website format only. I kinda wish magazines moved to a pdf or ebook format only. Personally I hate getting magazines in the mail. Disposing, etc. With just about everyone carrying an electronic phone or tablet these day, physical media is becoming obsolete. I always read Vegas Seven in an electronic format, never once got a hardcopy edition. Here’s hoping they keep the format and this is just a shift to end a physical publication.

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