Statewide Awards Go to NEOMED’s Ignite Magazine

The Press Club of Cleveland awarded Ignite nine prizes at its 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony held virtually Friday, Aug. 7. The most selective “Best in Ohio” awards are always saved to announce the evening of the event, and NEOMED’s biannual magazine won second place in the Best Trade Publication in Ohio category. In their comments, naming Ignite second to first-place Hathaway Brown School, the judges noted,Great content. Crisply edited. Tough call on this one.”

The magazine took awards in categories of medical/health writing; headline writing; essay; covers; general features; feature trends; and department/columns. It competed with newspapers, magazines, television and radio newscasts, and websites from around the state, as well as within the trade publication category. Content from its Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 issues of Ignite competed with more than 600 entries received for this year’s contest.

Elaine Guregian is the editor and Scott J. Rutan is the publication designer of Ignite, which is published twice a year by the Office of Marketing and Communications, led by Roderick L. Ingram Sr., vice president of marketing and communications. Contributing editors are Rod Ingram, along with marketing and communications staff members Samantha Hickey and Jared Slanina.

Congratulations to faculty member Julie Aultman, Ph.D., who directs the Medical Ethics and Humanities Program in the College of Graduate Studies and was honored for her article “Caring for Our Refugees,”  about the unmet health care needs of refugees. 2020 College of Medicine graduate Renee Brumbaugh, M.D., shared honors with Guregian in the Department or Column category, for which two articles were submitted. Brumbaugh wrote about the healing powers of reflection and Guregian spoke to NEOMED students about lessons learned from a poverty simulation program.

Winning articles by Guregian highlighted research by Merri Rosen, Ph.D., director of the Hearing Research Group at NEOMED – along with programs that provide diabetes care at NEOMED’s Student-Run Free Clinic and that divert people with severe mental health problems toward treatment – and away from incarceration.

Judges remarked about Rod Ingram’s winning headline for his article on the high infant mortality rate in the Black population, “Very clever. Nice play on words and will draw readers into the article.”

Following is a full list of Ignite wins, with links to the content.


Medical/Health Writing

Headline Writing All Other Publications (not newspapers):

Single Essay


Covers: Trade & Professional Publications

Trade Publications

Features: General

Features: Trends

Departments or Columns

Best In Ohio

Best Trade Publication in Ohio

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