Wanted: Competition facilitators

Here’s one of the best learning opportunities SND offers: Join us as a facilitator for the annual print competition.

We select about 30 professional SND volunteers each year to assist with the annual Best of News Design™ Creative Competition judging in February at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Anyone interested in serving as a facilitator should send an e-mail beginning after 12 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, July 1, 2010, to Competition Director Marshall Matlock at cmm@dreamscape.com. Slots for the following February are filled first-come, first-served. Normally, by the end of the day July 1, more than enough volunteers have sent e-mails.

Facilitators assist in teams helping judges do their work. They place and remove entries on tables, sort voting chips, place and remove voting cups, take winning entries to the input area and generally help facilitate the process.

It is important that you indicate whether you read or speak a language in addition to English.

SND provides meals at the judging site. Facilitators pay for their travel and lodging, estimated at $112 per night plus tax. Many publications cover this cost for employees because the facilitating experience yields valuable information, insights and ideas.

For the upcoming judging, facilitators must arrive in Syracuse no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. They are free to leave any time Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Facilitators must commit to remaining at the judging for the full time. It’s imperative that anyone who indicates he or she wishes to help at the judging has that time off from work.

Please provide the following information in the e-mail you send: name, work title, publication or affiliate, preferred e-mail address, city, state or country, languages that you read or speak other than English, and number of times, if any, you have assisted with past judgings.