SND Digital: There are 10 finalists for World’s Best-Designed™

Ten finalists have been shortlisted for World’s Best-Designed™ digital news products from the annual SND Digital judging. The final winner or winners will be named at a gala celebration the final evening of the Society for News Design’s annual workshop on April 11 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The state of digital news

Publishers and news sites find themselves at a crossroads. While the atomic units of content they produce are getting better all the time, the mechanisms to reach their audience have changed, and the expectations of the audience have changed as well.

What are these changes? News is now more personal than ever. Our time is more precious than ever. The experience people want and expect is one that provides news at a personal level and feels like time well spent. It must be available and enjoyable across all devices. It should work wherever you are and cultivate community.

Platforms are redefining what news is and how it is consumed. Their curated experiences have become the entry points for publishers’ content. Publishers know the news: Platforms know people and connect them to the news they want.

Are platforms the future of news sites, or can publishers learn to create experiences that both inform and engage their audience in ways they are unable to today? Platforms are of the web, are you?

Criteria

  • Audience — Scope of organization: To be World’s Best, recirculation strategy has to be excellent as well
  • Mobile web / responsive vs app —  It has to work well across devices and breakpoints, unless strategy is to treat devices separately. Apps are strictly judged on the app experience
  • Performance — Speed, easy to use / intuitive
  • The content — Relevant to you, easy-to-find presentation. Elegant, clean, intuitive
  • Community — A safe place that fosters conversations
  • Portability —  Of content, or elements of the site or experience, atomic

The 10 finalists [in no particular order]

Statement, criteria and shortlist by the following SND Digital judging teamFernando Diaz, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Ted Irvine, Vox Media, and Martina Schories, Sueddeutsche Zeitung