2011 SND officers: ballot announced

SND asked you whom you wanted to see join its leadership team. You have spoken, and after reviewing the nominations, two highly skilled journalists have been selected by the Executive Committee for your consideration for the office of secretary/treasurer.

The candidates are Rob Schneider of The Dallas Morning News and Colin Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune.

We’ll also be asking you to cast your vote for President and Vice President.

The candidates are Steve Dorsey of the Detroit Media Partnership and Jonathon Berlin of the Chicago Tribune, respectively. They are both running unopposed. For all offices, there is also a write-in option.

Members will receive voting instructions soon via email through our elections coordinator, vote-now.com. The ballot will be open through Dec. 15.


ROB SCHNEIDER is in charge of design, graphics and illustration for The Dallas Morning News. Rob has led successful redesigns of the DMN, The Providence Journal and various other print and digital products.
Previously, he was an editor, designer, writer, photographer, copy editor and sports editor for newspapers in Missouri (St. Joseph News-Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and Nebraska. (Omaha World-Herald) His work has been awarded by The Society of News Design, Malofiej, Communication Arts, Illustrator’s Annual, PRINT magazine and other state and regional journalism competitions. He’s also an exceptional butter carver, although he has long chosen to remain an amateur in this arena. Rob has been faithful and passionate servant of the Society of News Design since 1997. He has been a regular volunteer and a judge at the creative competition in Syracuse and a speaker and volunteer at three national workshops (Houston, Las Vegas and Denver). Rob has organized and hosted several SND Quick Courses in Texas and has been a featured speaker for SND and other organizations at events around the country.

For more than four years, COLIN SMITH has been the presentation editor of The Salt Lake Tribune. And of more than 10 years spent in the news design field, nine of those have been as a member of the Society for News Design. He has been a member of the SND Competition Committee for three years, has served as a facilitator at the annual competition judging in Syracuse twice, and was a judge for the 31st Edition competition in February. And, like many SND members, he has won a few Awards of Excellence but never a gold or silver.


JONATHON BERLIN has been a volunteer for SND since 2000, when he started writing and designing for the Update newsletter. That experience gave him a glimpse into how the Society works and many of the neat things it does. And the chance to meet and talk with designers from all over the world. He took over editing the newsletter in 2001 and started editing Design Journal in 2004. He’s edited the quarterly magazine ever since. Recently, he’s assumed the role of Publications Director. In his professional life he’s worked at the Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Rocky Mountain News and The Times of Northwestern Indiana. He’s been a design director and designer, a graphics editor and artist. He’s worked days and nights, sports, features and news. He’s rolled out Web sites and redesigns. Invented new publications and fixed old ones. Right now he’s the graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he lives in the city with his wife, two boys and dog. He likes running and tries to do one marathon a year. He’s done five so far in four different states.


STEVE DORSEY is the vice president for R+D at the Detroit Media Partnership, the vice president of the Society for News Design, and a design consultant. He’s been involved in user-centered information design research for many years as well as publication design, deadline art direction and production. Steve joined the DMP after working for 11 years at the Detroit Free Press, most recently as the deputy managing editor/presentation + innovation. Steve has been a speaker at conferences internationally, a recurring visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, a visiting professor at Syracuse University, and a frequent speaker and coach in many newsrooms. Steve has presented at SND affiliate conferences: the SND-Chinese News Page Design Boot Camp (Hangzhou, China), the IFRA Conference on Design (Paris), and the Malofiej Information Graphics Summit (Pamplona). Since first volunteering as a Syracuse University student at the annual competition, Steve has worked in service to the Society for News Design and the craft for nearly 20 years, he’s held numerous positions within the Society.

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