The World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper competition begins. Meet the judges

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 today in Syracuse, N.Y. The judges for the other parts of the competition have found their way home.

We now have five new judges, all with fresh eyes, ready to review the 239 entries vying for the rarefied air of greatness in the newspaper biz known as World’s Best. The coveted award will honor work from 2010, with a focus on the complete newspaper experience.

Meet your judges…

Haika Hinze is art director for the German weekly Die Zeit. She began there in 1997 as a designer, assisted the relaunch by Mario Garcia and supported at the same time the conversion of the editing system to DTP. After being art director for the magazine Zeitpunkte she stayed for three years in Berlin designing the weekly’s department Leben. Since 2005 she has been back in Hamburg as Art Director of Die Zeit.


Heidi de Laubenfels is deputy managing editor at The Seattle Times, where she is focused on helping newspapers transform themselves into financially thriving, multimedia news organizations. She has worked in various newsroom roles — including managing visuals — since 1986, and led a Seattle Times redesign. She has served as a competition judge for SND, NPPA, APME, POYi and McClatchy.

Svetlana Maximchenko, who arrives from Moscow, is editor in chief at Akzia Mass Media and is SND’s Regional Director for Russia. One of the founders of Akzia Newspaper in 2001, she has been editor since 2001. Akzia won World’s Best-Designed award two years in a row (for 2007 and 2008) and 25 awards at the Russian Newspaper Design Competition (2003-2009). She is co-chair of the Russian newspaper design competition and News Design Conference since 2004 and SND Regional Director since June 2008.




Carl Neustaedter is deputy managing editor for features and design at the Ottawa Citizen in Canada’s capital. Previously, he was design director at Canada’s largest daily, the Toronto Star, and deputy design director at the Globe and Mail. He’s been involved in numerous redesigns, has a passion for information design and graphics, and most recently led his newsroom’s computer system replacement project.




Sara Quinn teaches visual journalism, leadership and multimedia. She leads Poynter’s college fellowship and its partnerships with universities. Quinn directed Poynter’s recent newspaper EyeTrack study about print and online reading habits, which helps journalists determine the best forms for storytelling. Before joining the faculty in 2003, she spent nearly 20 years working in newspaper newsrooms. She has edited and designed magazines, Web sites, books and newspapers.

is the design editor of the Connecticut Post and SND’s region one director. He is reporting from Syracuse University throughout the World’s Best-Designed competition judging. Follow his updates here on

About Lee Steele

is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and 2015 president of the Society for News Design.

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