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Wallen: All-or-nothing attacks discourage intelligent risk-taking

The New York Times’ SportsSaturday cover, which featured a list of NBA transactions, intending to highlight LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, was met with a fury of debate across social media platforms. Especially within the SND community.

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Schneider: A design that reduces a story to one fact puts incredible pressure on that fact

The New York Times’ SportsSaturday cover, which featured a list of NBA transactions, intending to highlight LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, was met with a fury of debate across social media platforms. Especially within the SND community.

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[Reaction] Nate Silver, ESPN launch Five Thirty Eight

Nate Silver and ESPN have officially launched Five Thirty Eight, a data-driven news site covering politics, economics, sports, science and lifestyle topics.

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Behind the New York Daily News’ ‘House of Turds’ cover

The New York Daily News made waves with its ‘House of Turds’ cover, which went viral across social networks and media organizations alike. Design director Theo Caviness and senior designer Jill Evans spoke to us about the story behind the cover.

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Design plagiarism: Myth or reality?

Plagiarism is fairly easy to define in most areas of the journalism industry, but there is no copy and pasting in the design world. Where do we draw the line between a flattering imitation and stolen work?

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Hannah Wise: 5 Things I learned interning at The Dallas Morning News

Hannah Wise shares five lessons from her time as a digital design intern at The Dallas Morning News.

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Rachel Schallom on building the Sun Sentinel’s first longform piece

On August 18 the Sun Sentinel published a huge investigation revealing Florida’s failure to keep the most dangerous sex offenders locked up. The story warranted a different visual approach, but creating the Sun Sentinel’s first fully responsive, multimedia-packed site wasn’t without its challenges.

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Chelsea & The City: 8 month update

Chelsea Kardokus has just started her career as a freelance designer for TIME magazine in Manhattan. Her blog series Chelsea & The City follows her transition into life as a young professional. As she shares her celebrations and challenges along the way, Chelsea hopes members of the SND community will join her in thoughtful conversation and help shape the foundation for a successful career in news design.

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Jon Wile on redesigning the American City Business Journals

As creative director for American City Business Journals, Jon Wile has his hands full. On top of dealing with the logistics of handling 40+ publications, he’s leading the brand redesign alongside Garcia Media. Wile talks with SND about the process.

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On designing historical moments at The Washington Post

Journalists are in the business of breaking news. But how do you deal with it when your paper becomes the story? I found out on Monday afternoon when Don Graham announced the sale of The Washington Post.

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Zite learns what you like and gets smarter as you use it, analyzing millions of articles every day.

Mark Johnson on innovation, personalization and user-experience design in media

I first met Mark Johnson at SND St. Louis in September 2011. The now 35-year old CEO of Zite — a personalized magazine app acquired by CNN earlier that year — was the definition of unassuming. Sporting a curly fro, eyebrow ring, t-shirt and backpack, I actually mistook him for a college student. Our first conversation had us discussing everything from cocktails and news design to architecture and taxidermy. Here, Johnson talks innovation, personalization and user-experience design in media.

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The August 3 cover of Rolling Stone featuring Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The rush to (news) judgment

The Aug. 3 cover of Rolling Stone features Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s a profile, and by my account — and those of many others qualified to account — a very good profile. But the profile itself is not the topic. Placing Tsarnaev’s image on the cover has, to understate the issue, caused a stir. So, let’s not make this about agreeing or disagreeing with the decision to run this cover in this way; let’s instead consider only the act of making the decision, and examine two perspectives of Rolling Stone.

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Chelsea & The City: Never forget to be inspired

Chelsea Kardokus has just started her career as a freelance designer for TIME magazine in Manhattan. Her blog series Chelsea & The City follows her transition into life as a young professional. As she shares her celebrations and challenges along the way, Chelsea hopes members of the SND community will join her in thoughtful conversation and help shape the foundation for a successful career in news design.

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Ole Munk discusses ‘The Functional Art’ by Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo’s new book about information graphics goes beyond the basics – and explains both process and theory. Ole Munk takes a closer look.

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The times they are a-changin’ for SND.org

It was 1963 when Bob Dylan famously wrote, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and leveraged his fame to spur conversation during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The writing process hadn’t been completed when — according to biographer Clinton Heylin — the iconic folk singer was visited by his friend and fellow musician, Tony Glover. Glover picked up a page of the lyric, looked to Dylan and said, “What is this shit, man?” Dylan replied, “Well, you know, it seems to be what the people want to hear.”

Dylan had an intrinsic understanding of everyday people, and responded with what has become an anthem for societal change in moments both big and small.

Now marks the beginning of change for our Society.

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The SND Louisville workshop will take place November 7-9.

Speakers announcements for SND LOU start this week

We’re ready to start unveiling workshop information for SND Louisville, and the countdown is now underway. We’re pretty far along curating a great lineup of speakers. We’re excited, and not very good at keeping secrets; so, we’re not going to wait for one big reveal a couple months before the conference when the schedule is set. We’re announcing five speakers this week, and every week after we’ll unveil at least two names.

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