Meet your 32nd edition Best of News Design™ judges

The first day of judging for the 32nd edition of the Best of News Design™ is almost in the books here in Syracuse. Here’s a look at the 21-member jury. Judges are divided into teams of expertise, with some panelists working across disciplines as the weekend progresses. Meet your judges …

News team

Will Sullivan, Jonathan Boho,Todd Bayha, Jon Wile, Rickard Frank

Will Sullivan is a 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow at the University of Missouri, where he is researching mobile and tablet news development.

Jonathan Boho is the art director for Metromix Indianapolis Magazine, an alternative weekly publication owned by The Indianapolis Star. Before coming to Indiana, Boho was the sports presentation editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was design director at Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.

Todd Bayha is the assistant art director at The Columbus Dispatch. Since 1996, he has worked as a news, sports and features designer, as well as doing graphics and illustration.

Jon Wile is the senior news designer for The Washington Post. He designs the front page and oversees the design of the national, foreign, financial and metro sections. Wile has been a member of SND for a decade, served as a regional director, and his work has been recognized in the last five editions of The Best of News Design.

Rickard Frank is editor in chief for Sweden’s southernmost newspaper, Trelleborgs Allehanda. Before that he was a designer at Svenska Dagbladet. He is a former design consultant and owner of editorial design studio Nordström & Frank. He has worked with a number of Sweden’s major newspapers including Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri and Sydsvenskan. He specializes in news graphics and is the creator of the concept Editorial Toolbox. He is a multiple award-winner at SND, SND/S and SND-E.

Features team

Dee Dee D'Asaro, Tian Chi, Greg Klee, Tomaso Capuano, Troy Cummings

Dee Dee D’Asaro is print design chief at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, leading an agile team of designers. As a senior editor for print/visuals in 2008, she helped launch an extensive redesign of the newspaper. She has worked in Florida and Georgia in all aspects of visual journalism, including design, editing, graphics and digital.

Tian Chi is design editor for China Daily, the largest English-language newspaper in China. He joined China Daily in 1999, first as a designer at 21st Century, a student-oriented publication of China Daily. He came to the main paper in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In addition to sports, he’s designed for features and news before being promoted to design editor in March 2010 when China Daily launched its redesign. This past year, his work was awarded the top prize in China’s National Journalism Awards.

Greg Klee is the deputy design director of the Boston Globe. Previous to the Globe he was an art director at Boston and Philadelphia Magazines. His work has been recognized numerous times by SND as well as the Society of Publication Designers.

Tomaso Capuano is creative director of The Wall Street Journal. He previously worked at The Times and The Financial Times in London, specializing in launches and redesigns for print and Web. He has also worked extensively in magazines.

Troy Cummings worked in the art departments of The Times of Northwest Indiana and The Chicago Tribune before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2000. He now focuses on editorial illustration and children’s publishing, and noodles around with animation when he has the time.

Photo / small newspaper team

Christine Long, Jamie Baylis, Andrea Levy, Val Hoeppner, Mike Donlan

Christine Long started her journalism career at The San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group in Southern California in 1996. She has spent the last seven years at The Charlotte Observer and is currently creative director for the paper’s magazine division.

Jamie Baylis is art and graphics director at CQ Roll Call. She has worked at various newspapers and magazines as a journalist for more than 25 years, including as an editor, writer and graphic designer. She now manages a team of 10 designers.

Andrea Levy is an illustrator/photographer for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work continues to break new ground in visual journalism, eliciting a wide range of reflection on any subject, both whimsical and profound. She has been recognized by countless professional societies, including three gold medals from the Society for News Design.

Val Hoeppner is director of education for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. She oversees instruction for Freedom Forum New Media Training, serving journalism professionals, educators and students. Hoeppner is an Associated Press Photo Managers board member and a member of the Native American Journalists Association. She spent 20 years working in newspapers, including at The Indianapolis Star, where she was the multimedia director.

Michael Donlan has been a graphics editor at Gannett newspapers for more than a decade. He currently works at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

Long form team

Alfredo Triviño, Michael Stanaland, Dennis Varney, Mike Rice, Kevin Poortinga

Alfredo Triviño is creative projects director at News International (News Corporation) in London where he leads the process of visualizing and showcasing innovative products from print newspapers or magazines to mobile apps. His vision helps to inform thinking about the wider digital strategy at News Corp. He has recently been instrumental in the creation of Times+ and the new paid-for websites for The Times and The Sunday Times, as well as in the conceptualization of their iPad apps.

Michael Stanaland is the creative services director at Washington Business Journal and a veteran tabloid newspaper designer at American City Business Journals, a division of Advance Publications. Stanaland has more than 17 years of industry and consulting experience; and most recently helped redesign the Roll Call daily newspaper for CQ-Roll Call Group.

Dennis Varney is the lead sports designer at the Lexington Herald-Leader. A Kentucky native and Western Kentucky University graduate, he also worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Times of Northwest Indiana. He was the 30th edition coordinator of the annual Best of News Design competition and has been a facilitator at the judging the eight years.

Mike Rice is the Visual team leader / design & graphics for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz. Prior to that, he was the features design team leader for The Times of Northwest Indiana. He was appointed the 31st edition coordinator of the annual Best of News Design competition and has been a facilitator at the judging the many years.

Kevin Poortinga is the general manager of Gannett Digital’s product development team, which champions user experience improvements across all Gannett properties and products. Before corporate life, Poortinga held several print and digital visual leadership roles in newsrooms, including at The Indianapolis Star and The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Information graphics

The graphics judging team was formulated from judges who also had other assignments earlier in the competition process. This year (as in SND31) there were only four overall teams of judges but we recruited jurors with variable background and specialties to help cover all the sub-categories. These specialists will focus on information graphics:

Jamie Baylis, art and graphics director at CQ Roll Call
Kevin Poortinga, general manager of Gannett Digital’s product development team
Will Sullivan, 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow at the University of Missouri
Richard Frank, editor in chief for Sweden’s Trelleborgs Allehanda
Michael Donlan, graphics editor at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

Generalist judge

(handles conflict cases across all teams)

Todd Stewart, resolving conflict votes

Todd Stewart is design, graphics & multimedia editor at the Orlando Sentinel. His visual journalism odyssey has taken him from Kansas State University to Springfield, Ill., to San Antonio, Texas, and then to Florida. His design, graphics and multimedia work have been recognized by SND.



Return to all weekend long for live coverage from the 32nd edition judging site

VIDEO: Keep an eye on live streaming video from the competition as well as judge interviews and other looks behind the scene.

NEXT WEEKEND: Come back Feb. 11-15 for live coverage from the World’s Best-Designed judging in Syracuse

PLUS: This year we’ll add live coverage from the SND Best of Digital Design competition, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

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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