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Stanford Medicine magazine earns national awards

heart in SM magPlease join me in a round of applause for Stanford Medicine magazine for recently winning six awards in a national competition, including top prize in the category of “best articles of the year."

The publication earned a platinum, three golds, a silver and a bronze in the 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards Program, a contest held by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE. The magazine is produced by the School of Medicine's Office of Communication & Public Affairs and edited by Rosanne Spector.

As my colleague Susan Ipaktchian writes in a news story detailing the magazine's awards, the judges were “particularly blown away by the depth of the reporting and the degree of access the reporters had to their sources.” More from the piece:

Writer Tracie White earned the sole platinum award in the best-articles category for “Almost without hope,” a look at the heartbreakingly scarce medical resources on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. The judges wrote that they “admired the author’s handling of a subject ripe with standard conventions and hackneyed writing. The author never fell into this trap, capturing the story and delivering it creatively. With a strong fact/narrative balance, the author got this one right. Job well done.”


The magazine earned a gold award for periodical design for its spring 2014 issue, whose theme was mysteries of the heart. The judges said the theme “was carried through the entire magazine in an exceptional way, and we especially loved the variety of interpretations of the theme seen in the illustrations, each of which was compelling, a wonder to look at and a strong partner to the editorial in terms of conveying the subject.” The magazine’s art direction is provided by David Armario Design.

The illustration for “Fresh starts for hearts,” a story in the spring 2014 issue, earned a silver award. The artist who created the image is Jason Holley. “The illustration for this article was beautiful in an artistic way, yet told a story that complemented the article completely,” the judges wrote.

Look for the release of the latest issue of Stanford Medicine in coming days.

Previously: Stem cell medicine for hearts? Yes, please, says one amazing familyKudos for Stanford Medicine magazineBroken promises: The state of health care on Native American reservations and Stanford Medicine magazine writers score two awards
Illustration, from the article "Fresh starts for hearts" in the spring 2014 magazine issue, by Jason Holley

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