Josh Crutchmer named competition’s 33rd edition coordinator

Josh Crutchmer, 33rd edition coordinator

Josh Crutchmer has been named coordinator for the 33rd edition of the Best of News Design™ competition. He is a senior designer for news and projects at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“Josh has a wide range of experience and will make a great 33rd Edition Coordinator after having worked at the competition for many years,” said Marshall Matlock, SND’s print competition director, who appointed Crutchmer. “His leadership is exactly what we look for in this important position.”

In previous positions as an editor/designer at the Chicago Tribune and deputy presentation editor of the Omaha World-Herald, his work won multiple awards of excellence and a Silver Medal in SND’s competition. Crutchmer has spoken at annual workshops for SND, The American Copy Editors Society and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and chaired the Best of Sports Design competition for SportsDesigner.com from 2007-2010. The SND33 judging will mark Crutchmer’s fifth trip to the annual competition at Syracuse University, including stints in 2010 and 2011 as a judging team captain. The edition coordinator is an important year-long role that helps frame the call for entries, works closely to help the competition committee select and invite the edition’s judges, and then helps coordinate the entire judging weekend. 2012 will be the 23rd consecutive year Syracuse hosts the competition.

A 2001 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Josh spent five years as assistant sports editor for the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City and then a year as A1 and special projects designer for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix before moving to the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb., in 2006. He moved to the Tribune in 2008 as sports design editor and later shifted to business last summer.

Josh spent four years with Rich Boudet producing the SportsDesigner.com blog. SportsDesigner still exists today, but only as a Twitter feed. Find that here