“World’s Best:” the prequel

SND hasn’t always carried a trademark on “World’s Best-Designed” newspaper. This distinction came in the 1990s. But in SND’s very first competition, held in 1980, four newspapers and two magazines were singled out for Overall Design.

In the newspaper category:

{Newspaper} The Financial Post, Canada: Gold and Best of Show

{Newspaper} Feadrelandsvennen, of Kristiansand, Norway: Silver
{Newspaper} The New York Times: Silver
{Newspaper} The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.: Silver

In the magazine category:

{Magazine} Chicagostyle, The Chicago Sun-Times: Gold and Best of Show

{Magazine} LI, Newsday: Gold and Best of Show

Also noteworthy from the inaugural competition: there was one set of five judges, 2,474 entries and 352 winners. The awards broke down as follows:

75 Gold
127 Silver
150 Bronze

Among those winning gold:

  • Lou Silverstein, The New York Times
  • Robert Lockwood, The Morning Call
  • Nanette Bisher, The Morning Call
  • Eric Seidman, The Washington Star
  • Randy Cox, Coffeyville Journal
  • Lynn Staley, The Boston Globe
  • Sam Hundley, Arizona Daily Star
  • Steve McKinstry, Seattle Times
  • David Yarnold, San Jose Mercury News
  • Michael Keegan, L.A. Herald Examiner
  • Ed Kohorst, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Nigel Holmes, The New York Times
  • Oh, and the first SND annual “book”? It was a 54-page magazine.

    Stay tuned to snd.org for updates throughout the WB judging this weekend and into next week.

    STEPHEN KOMIVES is the executive director of SND.

    About Stephen Komives

    Previously served as Executive Director of the Society for News Design, from 2009–2019.

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