Society welcomes Chinese news designers

The Society for News Design in partnership with the China Society for News Design, has formed SND Chinese, a new affiliate for visual journalists at Chinese-language news organizations. See more details here.

Nine members of CSND have joined SND to make up the new affiliate. Headquartered in Shanghai, CSND has 17,000 members in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and other countries with Chinese-language news organizations.

SND Chinese is SND’s first formal affiliate in the Asia-Pacific region. As with four SND professional affiliates in Europe, designers at Chinese-language newspapers, magazines and Web sites may choose to belong to SND, CSND, or both organizations.

Initially, nine members of the China Society for News Design have joined SND. Among those members is Alan Jin, executive director of the China Society for News Design and art director for Xin Min Evening News in Shanghai.

Headquartered in Shanghai, the China Society for News Design has 17,000 members in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and other countries with Chinese-language news organizations. Its mission is to build a platform for professional communication and exchange to bring Chinese-language news design to a higher level.

A volunteer-led, nonprofit organization, CSND operates a Web site, http://www.csnd.cn/; holds seminars and conferences on visual journalism; provides design advice and consulting services; and sponsors competitions. In 2006, CSND conducted a design competition for World Cup coverage, and it plans a design competition for coverage of the Beijing Olympics this year.

CSND Executive Director Jin said that SND is widely respected in the news design field and that by forming SND Chinese, “We can absorb cultures from around the world, enrich our design knowledge and broaden professional horizons.” CSND plans to kick off its activities with a workshop this summer, followed by an aggressive schedule of other events.

The Society for News Design has members in more than 50 countries, including China. SND President Gayle Grin noted that SND’s mission is to enhance communication around the world through excellence in visual journalism.

In welcoming the SND Chinese affiliate, she said that news designers from all media are always eager to share ideas and best practices, learn about different cultures, and meet colleagues from varied backgrounds and perspectives. “We hope that the new affiliate will help Chinese-language journalists participate even more in all of SND’s activities.”

“The Society believes it’s an important time to forge stronger connections with Chinese visual journalists,” said Grin. “The emergence of the craft there, as well as the world’s focus on the Beijing Olympics, makes this moment unique. We welcome our colleagues, and look forward to a long-term collaboration.”

CSND was welcomed to the Society at the spring board meeting at Red Rocks Casino Hotel, the site of the fall conference.

The SND board of directors recognized SND Chinese at its April 6 meeting in Red Rocks Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, the site of the fall conference. SND Chinese will constitute SND Region 21. It will be represented on the SND board of directors by Lily Lu, a designer at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. Non-Chinese-language designers in Asia and the Pacific will continue to constitute SND’s Region 19.

The Society for News Design, founded in 1979, has more than 2,000 professional, educator and student members worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.snd.org, or contact SND, 1130 Ten Rod Road, D 202, North Kingstown, RI 02852; (401) 294-5233; snd@snd.org.