The first time I set foot in a newsroom, I was a high schooler visiting the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in my country. In this visit I thought to myself, ‘I want to work here,’ and a few years later my dream was realized; I was working in the design department of one of the most influential and competitive newspapers in Brazil. In that place I learned how to be competitive in a positive way.
What’s the positive way? Let your work speak for itself; be respected for your talent and nothing more.
In Brazil I worked in Editora Abril (Sao Paulo), O Globo (Rio de Janeiro), A Tarde (Salvador) and for seven years as Art Editor for the online news provider UOL as a webdesigner. Outside Brazil I worked in Tokyo (Japan) in the International Press newspaper and, thanks to the SND Job Board, at the Gulf News in Dubai (UAE) now. My work has been recognized by SND for more than eight consecutive years including awards for publications from Brazil, Japan and the first in UAE.
SND is essential in my career; I’ll never forget the first Award of Excellence in the 16th edition. It was a memorable time in my life. I couldn’t imagine that years later I would start as a director for Region 20 (Middle East and Africa.) Thanks to the collaboration of talented art directors, professionals and designers, SND 20 grows and flourishes as a promising region.
SND 20 worked in partnership with other professional organizations such as WAN-IFRA, IAJ (Institute for the Advancement of Journalism) in conferences in Egypt, Johannesburg, Jordan, New Delhi and Dubai. The workshop with Iraqi designers in Jordan, The Best of Middle East Competition, the SND Award Winners Exhibition and the regional conference are some of the high points in SND 20 region.
SND has been my like my second family for a decade. Early in my career, the Society inspired me to become a better designer and recalibrate my career ambitions. It has introduced me to some of my closest friends and most respected colleagues. The organization plays an essential role, linking our profession’s past to its future and creating bonds between students, professionals and educators that transcend disciplines and geography.
Not many journalism organizations have remained relevant for more than 35 years. Now it’s time to pave a path ahead for the next few decades. Strengthening SND is a surefire way to bolster and elevate design’s role in this incredible and transformational moment in media.
Ultimately, we need to find ways to scale SND’s reach and utility to accommodate the dizzying pace of change and innovation reshaping our industry. It’s our only path toward fiscal stability and, more importantly, to remaining relevant to our membership.
Paige Connor has been championing the craft of design — and the Society for News Design’s role in visually explaining the news — since college, when she joined Ball State University’s SND chapter as a student in 2000. She’s been active in SND ever since.
Paige currently serves on SND’s board as the Membership Director. She’s developing a multi-year strategy to increase awareness about what SND does and enabling those who benefit from SND events and outreach to see the value of membership and being part of SND’s global community.
Paige’s passion for helping members connect has put her on the front lines at the two most recent annual workshops, where she has been the overall volunteer coordinator. In both Washington and San Francisco, Paige worked to produce the best in breed design conferences that members expect from SND.
She continues that outreach, working with workshop co-chairs in Charlotte for next year’s annual event, pushing for a community of inclusion as the conference evolves and has greater emphasis on motivating teams and managing for success.
For her commitments and work at SNDDC and SNDSF, Paige received President’s Awards for excellence in volunteerism for both workshops. In addition to volunteer coordinating for SNDCLT, she is also working with various board members on sponsorship for the conference and SND as an organization.
Paige has earned SND honors for her portfolio, as well as other awards for her design work throughout her career, which includes stints on the cross-platform team at Bloomberg, design director for Politico, assistant sports editor for the Washington Times and art director for two magazines.
Immediate Past President
Sara Quinn teaches visual journalism, social media, writing forms, leadership and multimedia at the Poynter Institute. She leads the institute’s eyetracking research of newspaper, online and tablet reading habits to help journalists determine the best forms for storytelling. She has directed Poynter’s College Fellowship since 2003.
Before joining the faculty in 2003, Sara spent nearly 20 years working in newspaper newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and her hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas. For SND, Sara has served as a regional director; coordinated auctions for the Kansas City and Washington, D.C. workshops; served as a juror for the print, digital and World’s Best competitions; and spoken at numerous Quick Courses and national workshops.
Sara teaches in-house workshops for newsrooms and universities around the world. Sara has edited and designed magazines, websites, books and newspapers. She has a B.A. from Wichita State University and a master’s in illustration from Syracuse University. She received Ball State’s Anthony Majeri Award for Leadership and Innovation in 2013.
Stephen has served the Society in various capacities since 2002: he’s judged the annual print competition, served as president of the Malofiej infographics competition jury, co-chaired SND’s diversity committee and directed and taught the design quick courses. He also helped organize two annual SND workshops — 2006 in Orlando and 2002 in Savannah, Ga.
He spent 20 years in newsrooms — most recently as design editor of the Orlando Sentinel, where he worked for five years.
He holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and from Johns Hopkins University. His first day as SND executive director was Nov. 16, 2009.