International speakers for Syracuse Student Symposium

Syracuse speakers

Jonathon Berlin, Richard Johnson and Adonis Durado will speak in Syracuse.

We have an excellent line-up of speakers and topics for the annual pre-judging workshop in Syracuse sponsored by the Society for News Design Foundation. Jonathon Berlin of the Chicago Tribune, Richard Johnson of the National Post and Adonis Durado of the Times of Oman and and Al Shabiba will all present. We’ll also have critiques of student work and an awesome door prize: one free professional registration to the SND annual workshop in Cleveland, Ohio Oct. 11-13.

And it’s free! Just pre-register here.

Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
Room 251, Newhouse 3
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Noon: Pizza!

Brought to you by the SND Foundation

12:30 p.m.: 10 mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To

By Jonathon Berlin

There is a feature in one of the magazines my lovely wife likes to read where readers write in to share their most embarrassing moments on dates, at gatherings and other deliciously intimate occasions. It’s skin-crawling good, wallowing in the misery and misfortune of others. Come wallow in mine as we talk about 10 mistakes you should never, ever make … Of which I’ve made them all (We will stick to journalism-based material and not embarrassing things I did on dates or at family gatherings, though that might make an even better presentation).

1:40 p.m.: Visual Storytelling: Making the Readers Care

By Richard Johnson
Richard talks about the challenges and limitations of embedding with the military, the incongruity of art in a war zone, and the pure unadulterated joy of journalistic field work. It is all about the importance of first-hand experience and immersion in the subject when it comes to reader participation.

2:50 p.m.: Good Page vs. Great Page

By Adonis Durado
A good page is respectable; a great page memorable. A good page reaffirms a reader’s expectation; a great page churns out surprises. A good page is achieved by mixing the right ingredients; a great page by reinventing the formula. Yes, good is not bad, but it’s not as good as great. In this talk, one will learn that a great page is more than just the marriage of content and form, that it is full of conceit and it embodies an architectonic quality.

4 p.m.: Individual Critiques

If you would like to participate in the critiques, please send three PDFs or links to sndcritiques@gmail.com along with your name and short bio. We can critique print, Web or mobile design samples. You must send in samples beforehand to get an appointment.

Special Door Prize!

You could win a free professional registration to the SND annual workshop in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 11-13 (a $495 value). Sign up at the beginning of the symposium and stay to the end to see if you win! The free registration is provided by the SND Foundation.

The Speakers

Jonathon Berlin is president of SND and graphics editor of the Chicago Tribune. He lives in the north part of Chicago with his wife and two boys. When not doing graphics and stuff like that he likes jogging and skiing. He started out in journalism after getting a regular old journo degree from University of Illinois and has made numerous, plentiful, fantastical, embarratastilogical, unbelievablous mistakes at nearly every turn.

Richard Johnson is graphics editor at the National Post. His work has taken him all over the world, from nation building in Africa to stadium building in Detroit. He began as a war correspondent for the Detroit Free Press in 2003, embedded with the U.S. Marines during the invasion of Iraq. He used pencil and paper to capture life on the front lines for a national series titled, “Portraits of War.” The work was later compiled as a book. He covered the Canadian troops in Afghanistan for the National Post, in 2007, and most recently in 2011. The assignment’s coverage was compiled into an ebook, titled, “The Long Road.” Richard seeks to use his work — as a graphic artist, as a news artist, as a photographer and as a filmmaker — to tell stories, to educate, to illuminate. He considers art to be among the most powerful communicators. His work as a filmmaker was exhibited before dignitaries at the United Nations. His work as a news artist was adopted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2011. Richard was born in Scotland, and educated at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland. He and his wife, both journalists, live in Toronto with their children.

Adonis Durado is design director of Muscat Press and Publishing House, publisher of two major dailies in Oman — Times of Oman and Al Shabiba (in Arabic language). He transformed its products from relatively unknown to the most awarded publications in the Middle East, winning more than 50 international accolades from the Society for News Design creative competition, Malofiej Infographic Awards and WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards. His work has also been honored by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Design Annual, CA Typographics Annual, Tabbie Awards and FOLIO’s Eddie Awards.