Wow, both of them look great but I think that the top one is best. The bottom one made me think of 'blues' (as in 'under the weather'); which is appropriate...but the top one is much clearer to read. Maybe you should print them both out actual size to decide (the blues might blur together when printed out). :)
Both look equally professional, as Natasha has said, the bottom one has that under the weather feel about it, but the top one is much more vivid, and probably more suitable for the article.
Thank you both, I really appreciate the help and I agree with you both! I will fiddle around with the tones on the second one and print them before I make a final decision :)