YSUpdate and YSU Magazine win national awards

Two Youngstown State University publications – YSUpdate, YSU’s campus newsletter, and YSU Magazine, its alumni publication – have garnered top honors in three national competitions.

YSUpdate, published several times a year for faculty and staff, took Gold Awards in the 15th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards contest and in the 33rd Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The YSUpdate also won a Silver Award in the 33rd Annual Collegiate Advertising Awards.

YSU Magazine, published twice a year and distributed to YSU alumni nationwide, took a Silver in the Service Industry Advertising Awards and a Merit Award in the Educational Advertising Awards.

YSU Magazine and YSUpdate have earned national awards in four of the last five years, in competition with print publications produced by universities around the country, and with enrollments in the 10,000 to 20,000 range.

Both publications are produced by YSU’s Office of Marketing and Communications. The YSUpdate is edited by Ron Cole, public information officer and director of University Communications, while YSU Magazine is edited by Cynthia Hixenbaugh Vinarsky. Both are designed by the YSU Digital Creative Design team.

Judging in all three contests is performed by panels of marketing and design professionals, based on criteria that includes creativity, layout and design, production quality and message effectiveness.