What happened to the Year of the Redesign?

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The Long Form team spent a few hours judging the Overall Newspaper Redesign category (18A). It seemed to us at the SND International Web Desk that 2008 was the Year of the Redesign, what with papers around the globe being rethought and U.S. papers redesigning like crazy in response to the readership and revenue challenges. But the judges didn’t necessarily vote in a way that allows us to declare this a great year for redesigns. Sometimes the news shifts right under your feet.

There were 52 entries representing redesigns of all stripes from around the world. In the end, the judges could only agree on five that rose to the level of an award. We caught up with the Long Form team members right after and asked them to describe what they saw and how it shaped their vote.