The York University Magazine wins prestigious gold award

Collage of magazine covers
The CASE gold medal was awarded for the digital versions of the magazine

The York University Magazine has been awarded one of the most coveted prizes in post-secondary communications – an international gold award by the Washington-based Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) through its Circle of Excellence competition. Considered the “Oscars” of post-secondary publishing, The York University Magazine placed first in the Digital Magazines category, which saw 21 entries from around the world.

Both the print and digital versions of The York University Magazine feature an innovative modern design, which is the result of extensive consultations with the University community and alumni.

“I congratulate the small but mighty magazine design and writing team and sincerely thank all the alumni, faculty and staff and others for agreeing to tell their stories in the magazine and for taking the time out of their busy schedules to be interviewed and photographed,” said Rod Thornton, The York University Magazine publisher and director of strategic communications in the Communications and Public Affairs Division.

In their comments, the judges stated: “The magazine design shares the elements and motifs of the print companion piece. A bold use of type and strong imagery were defined as a direction that would work well for online reading. In addition, sections and graphic devices that would feel familiar to readers of the print version were translated into effective online elements. Each story was given a “coming up” teaser at its end that would encourage further exploring of content even if the reader was sent from an outside referral (i.e. social media link). A contents screen is accessible by a universal link on each story and allows for moving backwards and forwards from story to story as well as returning to the cover page.”

This year also saw The York University Magazine win a bronze for Best Magazine in the 2018 Prix d’Excellence competition hosted by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).

The next issue of this award-winning publication continues the tradition of excellence. Featured in the Summer edition, which is now available at are a variety of feature stories that show how York University grads are following their passions and putting their own stamp on the world. There’s an intriguing story that offers insight into how a York grad is setting the stage at the world-renowned Stratford Festival. There’s also a profile about how Yuk Yuk’s founder and York alumnus Mark Breslin joked his way to the top of the international comedy scene. An insightful article explains why learning a second language will make you smarter. These stories and more are in the summer issue of The York University Magazine.

The York University Magazine is published three times during the academic year. It is printed and mailed to alumni and friends of the University in the fall, as well as offering a digital edition. The winter and summer issues of the magazine are available as a digital edition only, which can be enjoyed wherever a reader happens to be – on their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

The York University Magazine’s digital counterpart features exclusive web-only content that’s not included in the yearly print edition. It is updated on a regular basis regularly with fresh stories, photos and videos to keep readers in the loop on the latest news at York.

Over the next year, the cover of future issues of The York University Magazine will feature the Circle of Excellence Gold Award Badge.

The CASE Circle of Excellence Awards recognize outstanding efforts in institutional advancement internationally. For the 2018 competition, there were 3,204 entries of work completed in 2017. Of these, 346 entries received an award or recognition.

To learn more, visit the CASE Circle of Excellence website.

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