Meet your judges for this year’s World’s Best-Designed™

This year's World's Best™ judging team (pictured left to right): Lily Lu, Margaret O'Connor, Dennis Brack, J. Bruce Baumann and Miguel Gomez.

Judging of the World’s Best-Designed™ newspaper — or Category 1, as we like to call it — segment of the Best of News Design™ has begun in Syracuse, N.Y. The judges for the other parts of the competition have found their way through the storms of the week and made it home (see our previous coverage here). We now have five new judges, all with fresh eyes, ready to review the 240 entries vying for the rarified air of greatness in the newspaper biz known as World’s Best. The coveted award will honor work from 2009, with a focus on the complete newspaper experience.

Meet your judges…

    1. J. Bruce Baumann retired as editor of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, after serving six years as managing editor and three years as the executive editor and editor. Prior to Evansville, Baumann worked in Monterey, Calif., where he was the managing editor of the Monterey County Herald. For more than 46 years, Baumann has worked for newspapers and magazines as a designer, photographer, reporter, picture editor, photography director, lifestyles editor, Sunday magazine editor, assistant managing editor, executive editor and editor. He is currently teaching advanced photojournalism and picture editing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
      Dennis Brack is design director at The Washington Post. He leads a team of 60 editors, art directors, news artists, graphics editors and digital designers. This award-winning group crafts The Post’s presentation in print and visual storytelling on Brack has worked on redesign projects for Innovation International Media Consulting Group and Knight Ridder.
      Miguel Gomez has more than 20 years experience with design and redesign projects within Latin America, U.S., Asia, and Europe. Since 2006 he has been design director for Al Nisr Publishing Group in Dubai, owner of the award-winning Gulf News, an English-language newspaper. The publication has been recognized with more than 30 design honors, including the first SND award for a paper in the Middle East.
      Lily Lu is a consultant at the L5 Communications, N.J. She formally worked for the Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., with responsibilities of art directing and designing news and feature covers as well as special projects. Lily started her visual journalism career as a graphic artist at The Record in Hackensack, N.J. Her work has received numerous design awards from SND and other journalism organizations. Currently, Lily volunteers for SND as the Region 21 director. She also is the co-founder and the Executive Director for SND Chinese, an international affiliate of the Society.
      Margaret O’Connor recently retired from The New York Times, where she was a past art director, deputy design director, director of photography and most recently director of news design. In 2002, during her tenure as DOP, The New York Times staff won Pulitzers for Breaking News and Feature Photography for coverage of events of Sept. 11, 2001, and its aftermath.
  • Video from the judging room will be available at several points during the weekend. Click here for a video stream.
  • Be sure to check back with us here at all weekend for updates and insights from Syracuse University.

Steve Dorsey is the DME/Presentation + Innovation at the Detroit Free Press and SND’s 2010 vice president. He was the edition coordinator of SND’s 21st print competition. Follow him on Twitter: @dorsey

About Steve Dorsey

@Gannett VP innovation. Boards: @INMAorg, @SND. He was the 2011 president of the Society; 2015 Lifetime Award recipient. Dad to Fiona; partner to @paprgrl76. Relocated Detroiter. Tigers fan. Designer. Editor. SU grad.

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