The 33rd World’s Best-Designed™ News competition begins. Meet the judges

Judging of the 33rd edition of the World’s Best-Designed™ newspaper — or Category 1, as we like to call it — segment of the Best of News Design™ begins today in Syracuse, N.Y.

The judges for the other categories of the competition have found their way home. We now have five new judges, all with fresh eyes, who came from as far away as China and Denmark. They are ready to review the 230 entries vying for the top honors of World’s Best. The coveted award will honor work from 2011, with a focus on the complete newspaper experience.

Meet your judges…

Bill Gaspard is the design director at China Daily, China’s main English-language newspaper published in 51 countries/regions worldwide. Bill is a past president of SND and, in 2005, winner of the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In previous incarnations he’s held design management positions at the Las Vegas Sun, the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Scott Goldman is director of digital and visuals at The Indianapolis Star and IndyStar.com. He supervises a staff that delivers content across five platforms and has won numerous awards for visual presentation. Scott led visuals and content teams at the Charlotte Observer and The Washington Post before joining the Star in 2004. He served as SND president in 2007 and a longtime member of the competition committee. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1990.

Rhonda Prast teaches Web content production, social media strategy and iPad app creation at the Missouri School of Journalism on the magazine faculty. Her work in visual management roles at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Seattle Times, Miami Herald and the Providence Journal has been recognized with numerous SND and POY awards and an Emmy, a Pulitzer and EPPY awards.

Søren Nyeland has been Design Editor of Politiken, Denmark, since 1997. His newspaper has won several awards including SND’s World’s Best-Designed newspaper in 2007 and The European Newspaper of the Year in 2010. Nyeland has served as a jury member at SND, SND/S, SND/Russia and the European News Award competitions.

Bob Unger is editor and associate publisher of SouthCoast Media Group, publisher of The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass. He has served as editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa; the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press; the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in Illinois; and the Transcript-Telegram in Holyoke, Mass. His newspapers have won national and regional awards for public service and investigative reporting.