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Graphics Garage gears up for its return

After a three-year sabbatical, the Graphics Garage is back. This time it’s in Orange County, California at The Orange County Register, Saturday, August 3. This workshop is designed with the local community in mind. It’s not about showing others what we do at the newspaper. It’s about the skills we use to do what we do in visual communication and teaching the participants how to apply those skills in their fields.

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The times they are a-changin’ for

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

Officer’s report from the spring board meeting

In an effort to make our members aware of officer and board member initiatives, the Society For News Design leadership team is sharing reports from the spring board meeting that took place last weekend in Louisville, KY. This is the first in a three part series of posts, which will also include reports from program and region directors.

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The SNDF intern: We made her cry

After combing through numerous applications, a panel convened by SNDF education chair Darren Sanefski settled on Lisa Donato, a freshman at the University of Oregon, as the recipient of this year’s paid summer internship. Lisa will be working with Frank Mina and the great team at the San Francisco Chronicle beginning in July.

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SND grant creates free 2013 training for members

Three major grants totaling $56,000 give SND the means to provide free training events for SND members and the visual journalism community at large.

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34th Edition Call – ahora en Español

It’s never too early to start pulling those tear sheets! You’ll be thankful in January!

The Call is posted here.

It’s available now in English, and other languages will be available in the coming weeks.

The deadlines for U.S. entries is Jan. 16, 2013; for international entries it’s Jan. 23, 2013. Good luck!

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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas. This photo was taken with a selective focus lens.

Election 2012: How Las Vegas Sun photographer Sam Morris makes images of the president

Nevada — with its six electoral votes — is one of a handful of states President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney consider a toss up this election cycle. As both candidates make myriad stops in the area surrounding Sin City, Las Vegas Sun photographer Sam Morris explains how he approaches making thoughtful and unique images of sometimes redundant campaign events.

This is the first in a week-long series of election coverage on

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Meet SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2012: Deb Withey and Roger Black

At the awards gathering at SND’s workshop in Cleveland this fall SND presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Black and Deb Withey. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest individual honor the Society can bestow and only 19 have received the it.

Roger’s vision and leadership has set the standard for newspaper and magazine design. His work with type and digital platforms has lead the way far out ahead of the rest of the industry. See the slideshow and read the script from the ceremony here.

Deb’s sense of community and gift for teaching transformed newsrooms of all sizes and her ability to use the tools of design to capture a place transformed communities. See the slideshow and read the script from the ceremony here.

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Introducing your 2013 SND officers

The election results are in, and we are pleased to announce the officers for 2013: PRESIDENT Rob Schneider, The Dallas Morning News (@schneidersnd) VICE PRESIDENT David Kordalski, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (@kord) SECRETARY/TREASURER Lee Steele, Design Editor, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers (@leesteele) Steele won the only contested race. Of 179 votes cast in that race, he [...]

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And the officer candidates are …

Your candidates for SND officer positions in 2013 are (from top left to right): president: Rob Schneider, Dallas Morning News; vice president: David Kordalski, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer; secretary/treasurer: Luis Chumpitaz Gonzales, Information Graphic Director, Al Bayan, Dubai, UAE; Adonis Durado, Designer, Times of Oman, Al Shabiba; Lee Steele, Design Editor, Connecticut Post
Bios and mission statements on the jump. Voting will begin Thursday, Sept. 13, and will be conducted electronically (SND members will get an email). Voting is open to all members and ends at midnight on Thursday, Oct. 11; results will be announced at the SND Annual Workshop and Exhibition in Cleveland, on Friday, Oct. 12.

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FRIDAY DEADLINE: 2013 SND officer elections open for nominations

The Society for News Design is seeking nominations for the office of Secretary/Treasurer for 2013. This is an open-ballot position: anyone who is nominated, meets the requirements of the position and chooses to run will appear on the ballot.

Nominees must be members of the Society in good standing, with a history of service to the organization. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 10. (Voting will begin on Sept. 10)

We will accept nominations through Friday, Aug. 10. Please send your nominations to:

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First Middle East News Design Conference this fall!

The Society for News Design is honored to announce our first Middle East News Design Conference, which boasts an impressive roster of speakers and topics, all set in the gorgeous and vibrant cosmopolitan seaport of Beirut, the Pearl of the Middle East.

This two-day event starts Nov. 8. It is co-sponsored by the Lebanon’s leading daily newspaper, An-Nahar.

The website for the conference is in both English and Arabic.

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Ben Pirotte Featured

SND Foundation intern learns about specialization, the South and storms

Ben Pirotte is this year’s recipient of the SND Foundation Internship. This is the second year of a program that matches student candidates with publications that no longer can afford to offer paid internships for visual journalists. This is the first of an occasional series of updates on how his internship is progressing.

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SND CLE is ‘More Than Ink'; now we’re Emmy-winners, too!

Congratulations to Dale Omori and Andrea Levy, producers of — and now Emmy winners for — the SND CLE promotional video, “More Than Ink.” Bravo!

See the video here.

Haven’t registered yet? Do so now.

And get the latest updates on speaker announcements and more workshop news at or follow @sndcle on Twitter.

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Hello, Cleveland! Speaker announcements for SNDCLE workshop start this week

There’s just five months to go until visual journalists from around the globe descend on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World for the 34th annual SND Workshop and Exhibition in Cleveland, Oct. 11-13. They’ll come for an amazing opening evening at the Rock Hall of Fame + Museum! They’ll come for the fantastic [...]

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