Free SND Syracuse Student Symposium on Feb. 4

On the eve of this year’s SND competition judging in Syracuse, the SND Foundation is sponsoring a free workshop for students in Syracuse on Friday, Feb. 4.

The speakers will be Steve Cavendish, Tim Parks, Denise M. Reagan and Andrea Zagata. The program will be live blogged and video streamed courtesy of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. We’ll update this story with more details on how to see that coverage.

The symposium will feature a special door prize: a free professional registration to the SND annual workshop in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 29-Oct. 1 (a $495 value). Students must sign up at the beginning of the symposium and stay to the end for a chance to win. The free registration is donated by Albert Lee of the Los Angeles Times, second place winner in the SND Photo Illo Throwdown.

Students must register here to reserve a spot. Seating is limited.

The schedule is below along with directions for how students can get individual critiques.


1 p.m. Pizza provided by the Chicago Tribune (Free food!)

What We Can Learn from the SND Best of Newspaper Design Competition
Ever wonder why the judges choose what they choose? Denise M. Reagan has had a front-row seat at the competition for the last eight years. She listens to the judges discuss their reasoning for what they give medals while she takes notes to appear in the annual. Find out how you can improve your work by understanding what made these pages winners.

What It’s Like to Be a Young Design Professional
Andrea Zagata is a recent grad with a kickass job designing for a major newspaper. It’s not by accident. Andrea has all sorts of advice for things like networking, applications and being awesome, and you know they worked because she got hired. She’ll also tell you what the real world is like. (Specifically as a young woman in a sports department, as that’s her current area of experitise.) Spoiler: It’s actually pretty sweet.

A Highly Opinionated Look At Sports Design
Tim Parks and Steve Cavendish have seen a lot of sports pages in their careers at some of the nation’s best newspapers (well, Steve anyway — Tim’s been working in Tulsa and Omaha, for crissakes). They’ll talk about what works, what doesn’t and how to know the difference.

If you would like to participate in the critiques, please send three PDFs or links to [email protected] along with your name and short bio. We can critique print, Web or mobile design samples. You must send in samples beforehand to get an appointment.


Denise M. Reagan is the assistant managing editor for visuals at The Florida Times-Union and She is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Denise has a long history with the Society for News Design and is currently president of the SND Foundation. Previously, she worked at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, the Savannah Morning News, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the Detroit Free Press and The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Andrea Zagata grew up in a tiny town in northern Michigan where she worked at her high school paper and took lots of art classes. Now, she’s the lead sports designer for The Detroit News. She attended college at Michigan State University where she was the design editor for The State News, the univerity’s independent student voice. After graduation she was a design intern at the Los Angeles Times before returning to Michigan to start her first full-time job. She’s 22 and her favorite thing in the world is her adopted dog, Freckles.

Steve Cavendish is a writer and editor/designer at the Chicago Tribune where he has variously held the positions of art director, graphics editor and presentation director. A 1993 graduate of Belmont University, he has worked at several other newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Petersburg Times and The Washington Post.

Tim Parks is deputy news and presentation editor at the Omaha World-Herald, where he has also served as assistant sports editor/presentation and lead sports designer. A 1992 graduate of Fort Hays State University, he was the 2009 Sports Designer of the Year. He won five SND awards in 2009 and two in 2008, including a silver medal. He also has worked at the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.


S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Room 250 of Newhouse 3
215 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244

About Denise M. Reagan

Denise M. Reagan is SND Foundation president, Assistant Managing Editor for visuals at The Florida Times-Union/ and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

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