Denise M. Reagan named SND Foundation president

It is my pleasure to announce Denise M. Reagan as the president of the Society for News Design Foundation effective immediately — she takes on a three-year term that involves leading the Foundation’s efforts in research and education, as well as coordinating the Foundation’s board of trustees.

“I am so excited to take on this new challenge,” said Denise. “I have always been a huge supporter of SNDF’s mission, and I can’t wait to help boost its profile. I want to let people know how the Foundation’s money has helped so many people, from the yearly student travel grants to the scholarship recipients to the free Web Design Boot Camp registrations for unemployed journalists and many more.”

“I have a lot of ideas for new and creative ways to raise money for SNDF’s important programs, and I’ll need help from all of SND’s members and anyone who is interested in supporting the future of our changing industry. Please e-mail me at denisereagan@mac.com if you want to get involved.”

Denise is the Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals at The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com. She leads all aspects of visual communication, including: newspaper design, Web design, photography, video, information graphics, illustration and copy editing. Since early 2006, she has rapidly built The Times-Union’s reputation for hiring bright, young talented designers and artists and putting that talent to use. As the Society for News Design’s Education and Training Director since 2005, she’s stressed the use of non-traditional story forms and high utility. She also helped revitalize the SND Quick Course curriculum to train more in multimedia and online design.

“I’m thrilled that Denise will be taking on this new role”, said SND President Kris Viesselman. “She has served the Society in countless ways. Her dedication –- and enthusiasm for training –- will make her a passionate advocate in this position.”

Denise has been a judge for SND’s Best of Newspaper Design competition, as well the society’s Best of Multimedia Design contest. She offers training at SND Quick Courses, the Poynter Institute and other journalism gatherings on all areas of visual journalism. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.

Before moving to Jacksonville, Denise spent about a year-and-a-half as news design editor of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and, before that, another year-and-a-half as the media planning editor at the Savannah Morning News. Denise also worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Detroit Free Press and the Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel. She has also collaborated, as a consultant, with MG Redesign on such projects as the redesign of The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash. A 1990 graduate of the University of Florida, Denise studied journalism, design and theater. That last one comes as no surprise to any of us who have enjoyed the skits Denise has performed at various SND functions.

The Society will immediately seek Denise’s successor in the Education and Training Director role. Please contact Kris, Stephen Komives or myself if you are interested or know someone who might be.

About the SND Foundation

The Society for News Design Foundation, created in 1992, is the nonprofit education and research effort of SND.

With support from donations and matching grants, the Foundation provides training grants for out-of-work visual journalists, university-level scholarships, travel grants for students to the Annual Workshop & Exhibition, grants to the student designers of the year and outreach to minority journalists and journalism students at universities with large minority enrollments.

The Foundation also provides research grants for projects on the future of journalism developed in partnership with other journalism organizations.

In 2008, SND received a Challenge Grant from the Challenge Fund for Journalism and opened an endowment campaign for its two scholarship programs.

Supporters contribute to the Foundation through direct donations, sponsorship of Foundation fund-raising events, and by donating or purchasing items and services at the Silent Auction held in conjunction with the Annual Workshop & Exhibition.

Contributions to the SND Foundation are generally tax deductible (in the United States) as charitable donations. To make a donation, please click here.

Steve Dorsey, the deputy managing editor/presentation + innovation at the Detroit Free Press, is SND’s vice president in 2010.