In the last SND annual competition, one thing some of the big winners — from World’s Best “i” in Portugal to the major papers in the United Arab Emirates — had in common was that they employed expats in key visual journalism and/or copy editing positions. If you’ve ever considered an overseas post or are curious about the work being done by expats around the world, this will be a practical look at the potential and the pitfalls, the adventure and the realities of working in a newsroom in a different culture and, sometimes, a different language. See some of the great work being done and hear directly from the people doing that work about their experience as full-time staff members at papers around the world.A brief presentation followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Bill Gaspard. Panel to be announced.
Bill Gaspard got his first taste of living outside of the U.S. when he studied in Brighton, England in his second year of college. Thirty years later he took a full-time position in China and feels like a student again.
In between England and China he wrote and designed for the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, was an art director at the Kansas City Star, Senior Editor/Visuals at the San Diego Union-Tribune, News Design Director at the Los Angeles Times and Deputy Managing Editor at the Las Vegas Sun.
A former president of SND and SND’s Foundation, Bill has also organized two annual workshops — one in San Diego and one in Las Vegas. In 2008 he was honored with SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill currently lives in Beijing. After 16 months as Design Director for China Daily, he is no longer a tourist and speaks what little Mandarin he knows with a Beijing accent, making him sound vaguely like a pirate.
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