Ignite Magazine Honored by Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest

NEOMED’s Ignite magazine won a first-place award and two second-place awards in the 2019 Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest.

The annual statewide contest is organized by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Contest categories include large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college.

Each issue of Ignite includes a feature celebrating the University’s multiculturalism through recipes and stories. The judges called the content that won first place for Best Department, “A strong multicultural piece that is colorful and of interest to many.” The two winning articles were written by Elaine Guregian, who is director of publications and communications at NEOMED, as well as Ignite magazine’s editor. “Abuelita Rosa’s Guacamole Salsa” showcases a recipe by Carmen Javier, a rising third-year College of Medicine student, with a layout by Scott J. Rutan, the magazine’s designer, and illustration by Emily Wolchko. “Best Black Bean Loaf” highlights a recipe by NEOMED’s executive chef, Xavier Smith, in a layout by Rutan that uses an illustration by Branden Vondrak.

This year’s SPJ winners:

  • Trade Publications, Best Department: First Place, “Food for Thought,” by Elaine Guregian
  • Trade Publications, Best Trade Report: Second Place, “Women in Surgery: A Rising Tide,” by Elaine Guregian
  • Trade Publications, Best General Story: Second Place, “The United Silence of America,” by Roderick L. Ingram Sr.  

A luncheon celebration to honor the winners will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, at BrewDog USA’s 42-acre brew house and event space in Canal Winchester in central Ohio.

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