Cleveland will rock 2012 SND Annual Workshop

The SND board voted today to hold its 2012 Annual Workshop in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With its centralized locale, convenient airline links and discounted hotel rooms (not to mention the December 2011 opening of the new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland), Cleveland is a quality destination.

“From the early influences of industrial icon John D. Rockefeller to the birth of Superman in a house on Kimberly Avenue to the work of renowned disc jockey Alan Freed that breathed life to rock ’n’ roll, Cleveland’s rich history of big ideas, imagination and innovation is the perfect backdrop for the annual gathering of visual journalism’s brightest,” Debra Adams Simmons, editor of The Plain Dealer, wrote in a letter to SND’s leadership.

Plain Dealer design and graphics director and SND region 4 director Michael Tribble will be the workshop coordinator. Michael will have a network of support from members of a talented newsroom to help deliver an outstanding program.

Anyone who’s ever seen an episode of “The Drew Carey Show” knows that Cleveland rocks, but here are some of the reasons why it’s perfectly suited for SND’s creative community:

Food: Michael Symon of “Iron Chef America” has his Lola Bistro downtown as part of Cleveland’s vibrant culinary scene. The national food press — including publications Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire and Playboy — has heaped praise on several Cleveland spots for awards including “best new restaurant,” “best steakhouse,” “best farm-to-table programs” and “great new neighborhood eateries.” In 2008, the Chicago Tribune Travel section proclaimed Cleveland America’s “hot new dining city.”

Culture: Cleveland is home to Playhouse Square Center, the second largest performing arts center in the United States behind New York’s Lincoln Center. It’s also home to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

Pop culture: Perennial film favorite “A Christmas Story” was shot in Cleveland. The house from the movie is now a museum dedicated to it where you can see props, costumes, rooms, photos and everything referenced to the yuletide film classic from the mind of Jean Shepherd.

Fun stuff: The I. M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the Lake Erie waterfront at North Coast Harbor downtown is a neighbor to attractions such as Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Steamship Mather Museum, and the USS Cod, a World War II submarine.

SND will announce the dates of the Cleveland workshop soon.