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Best of Show Trade Publication: Ignite Wins Statewide SPJ Honors

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in Ohio has named Ignite magazine as the best trade publication in Ohio. The “Best of Show” award and others from SPJ’s annual Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest will be presented at an event in Cincinnati Saturday., Oct. 2., hosted by the Cincinnati Chapter of SPJ. 

The annual competition honors excellence and achievement in print, broadcast, digital, trade, freelance and college journalism. It is co-sponsored by the SPJ chapters of Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Awards were made for work produced during the 2020 calendar year.

In June, Ignite also won first place for Best Trade Publication in Ohio in the Press Club of Cleveland’s 2021 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism contest – the first year that the magazine has won first place in that category in both contests. 

Ignite won three additional awards in this year’s SPJ contest, for entries in medical/science writing; cover design; and feature story designs. 

Genes or Environment? Both, which won a second-place award in the medical or science story category, presents insights from Parkinson’s research conducted by Sheila Fleming, Ph.D., director of the Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging Research Focus Area. 

The artists who created the winning cover designs and illustrations for the feature stories noted below are all either faculty or alumni of the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art of the University of Akron, a NEOMED partner school. 

The staff of Ignite, Northeast Ohio Medical University’s biannual human-interest magazine, are from the Office of Marketing and Communications. Elaine Guregian, director of publications, is Ignite’s editor and graphic designer Scott Rutan is the magazine’s publication designer. Roderick L. Ingram, Sr., V.P. for Communications and chief marketing officer, and Jared Slanina, integrated marketing strategist, are contributing editors. 

A complete list of awards follows.


Trade Publications: Ignite magazine, Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 issues


Best Cover Design (first place): Spring 2020 (Elise Radzialowski, artist) and Fall 2020 (Dave Szalay, artist)

Best Feature Design (first place): “Allies for Mental Health” (artist Elise Radzialowski, designer Scott Rutan) The LMSA Effect (artist Malieka Gurrera, designer Scott Rutan); and Myth Busters: Family Medicine Edition (artist Dave Szalay, designer Scott Rutan) 

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Best Medical/Science Story (second place): Genes or Environment? Both – Insights from Parkinson’s research by Sheila Fleming, Ph.D., director of the Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging Research Focus Area, written by Elaine Guregian.

Current and past issues of Ignite can be read for free on To obtain a hard copy of the magazine, contact Elaine Guregian at

Read the Spring issue of Ignite on