Office of Communications wins national media awards

Stanford Medicine magazine and the Scope blog have been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

- By Mandy Erickson

Stanford Medicine magazine's fall 2019 issue won a gold-level Circle of Excellence award for design.
photo by Timothy Archibald

Stanford Medicine’s Office of Communications won two media awards this year from the national Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

CASE honored Stanford Medicine magazine with a gold-level Circle of Excellence award for the design of its 2019 fall issue, which focused on the new Stanford Hospital.

“From the striking sculptural detail image and title font arrangement on the front cover to the generally pleasing layout of the interior, there is an almost architectural sense of space about this design,” the CASE judges noted. David Armario Design crafted the magazine’s look. The magazine is edited by Rosanne Spector and Patricia Hannon.

Stanford Medicine’s Scope blog earned a bronze in the online writing category. The winning submission included three stories: “The med student and the machine,” a Stanford Medicine Unplugged series reflection by medical student Orly Nadell Farber about balancing human needs with the pressure of medical school; “I carry part of my dad with me — in my right lower abdomen: Part I,” by Nathan Collins, a SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory public relations officer, on undergoing a kidney transplant; and “New Stanford Hospital inspires gingerbread masterpieces,” a tale of an edible competition by Daphne Sashin, a former Scope staff writer.

The judges called Scope “easy to read and engaging. Great stories.”

In 2019, Scope marked an important milestone: 10,000 posts published over its 10-year history.

CASE is a nonprofit, international organization for professionals in communications, alumni relations, marketing and development at educational institutions. It has more than 90,000 members. Its annual Circle of Excellence Awards recognize and promote outstanding work.

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