Top writing award goes to 'Stanford Medicine' magazine

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, known as CASE, gave its top prize — a Gold Award — for Periodical Staff Writing for an External Audience to Stanford Medicine, the magazine published by the medical school's Office of Communication & Public Affairs.

"The judges were unanimously impressed by the writing submitted for this [Stanford Medicine] entry," CASE reported. "Lively, informative writing is a hallmark here, with qualities such as fresh description, tight transitions, compelling leads (especially in "Gender X"), authentic details and prose that take readers into the story to experience what others have lived."

Along with the story "Gender X" by former OCPA staff writer Dianne Klein, Stanford Medicine submitted in its entry four other stories: "Old brain, new tricks" by staff writer Bruce Goldman; "When are you dead?" by John Sanford, a writer in the communications office at Stanford Hospital & Clinics; and "Khmer Rouge on trial" and "Drawn together," which are both by OCPA staff writer Tracie White.

"The contents in these stories is full of concrete examples and well-structured narrative, which readily engage the reader and make complex content accessible," according to the statement from CASE. "Most impressive to the judges was the strength of all five entries across the board — not an easy feat."

There were 44 entries in the category, and Stanford Medicine was one of two Gold Award winners. The medical school communications office produces three issues annually of the magazine. Its editor is Rosanne Spector.

CASE is a professional organization for those in the fields of communications, alumni relations and development at educational institutions. It includes more than 3,400 colleges and universities as well as independent elementary and secondary schools in 74 countries. To recognize the best work in these fields, CASE sponsors its annual Circle of Excellence Awards, which includes the periodical staff-writing category.

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