Ignite Wins Prize for Best Minority Issues Reporting in Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest

Ignite magazine won three first-place awards and one second-place award in the 2018 Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters. 

Commenting on the article that won First Place for Best Minority Issues Reporting in its category (print publications with circulations fewer than 75,000), the judges called it a “Well-told look at a crisis for many families—and a real public health concern.’’ The story by Elaine Guregian, titled “The Infant Mortality Crisis: A Tale of Two States,’’ showcased the experiences of College of Medicine students Chandni Goel (M3) and Sarah Hill (’18), who were mentored by Julie Aultman, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine.  

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.


Winners and categories were as follows:

Trade Publications, Best Cover Design: First PlaceIgnite magazine, Fall 2017 and Spring 2017—Branden Vondrak (Spring 2017) and Maria Alejandra Zanetta, Ph.D. (Fall 2017)

Trade Publications, Best Department: First Place, “Food for Thought—Tastes Like Home”
(Spring 2017 and Fall 2017)— articles by Elaine Guregian, photography by Lew Stamp

Print Small (fewer than 75,000), Best Minority Issues Reporting: First Place“The Infant Mortality Crisis: A Tale of Two States’’— article by Elaine Guregian

Trade Publications, Best General Story: Second Place, “Planting Roots”—article by Elaine Guregian


Highlighting NEOMED partner schools

Ignite regularly commissions artists with ties to the University’s partner schools. The artist for the Spring 2017 cover, Branden Vondrak, is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Visual and Communication Design. The artist for the Fall 2017 cover, Maria Alejandra Zanetta, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at the University of Akron.

Ignite is published twice a year by the NEOMED Office of Public Relations and Marketing. Its editor is Elaine Guregian.

The SPJ’s mission is defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service.


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