After the regular updates were given about how this year’s competition is proceeding, and instructions were given for the afternoon, we were treated to a bit of breaking news during today’s lunch break.
SND competition director C. Marshall Matlock announced that Melissa Angle will be the coordinator for the Society’s 34th edition in 2013. He also named Colin Smith as coordinator for the 35th edition in 2014. Both are extensively qualified: they both have worked as facilitators for many years, served in the competition committee, and have won numerous awards for their own work. Both also served as judges of the competition in 2010.
The competition coordinator is a year-long appointment that involves many different projects and tasks that span the entire year. The coordinator is responsible for leading the competition committee in perfecting each year’s call for entries and selecting the unique panel of multi-disciplined judge candidates from all over the globe. The coordinator also helps assemble the annual book of winners and then presents World’s Best and other awards at the annual workshop in the fall.
“Melissa and Colin are great volunteers and know the competition inside and out,” Matlock said. “They’re going to make excellent coordinators. We’re very happy to have them on board.”
The Newhouse School and Syracuse University have hosted the competition for the last 23 years and is already scheduled to continue for at least the next two years.
This year’s coordinator, Josh Crutchmer (Minneapolis Star Tribune), made it his mission to improve the database of past and potential judges. His advice to Angle and Smith was to stay in touch with current judges, “they’re a great resource for identifying new judges.” He and the competition committee have grown their database to nearly 500 names. (Click here if you are interested nominating a judge.)
2010 coordinator Mike Rice (Arizona Daily Star) suggested they should stay in touch with past coordinators: “They’ve already solved the problems you’ll have,” he said. Also: “Don’t panic. It’ll happen.”
Angle is a designer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A 2002 graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, she spent three years as a copy editor and designer for the Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C., before moving to the Orlando Sentinel in 2005. She moved to Atlanta in 2007. Previously, Angle volunteered as the Society’s Region 3 (Southeastern U.S.) director and later served as the education and training director.
“I’m passionate about this competition,” Angle said. “It’s important to our industry and to journalism. It’s why I’ve been involved in it so long.” She’s already working on preparations for next year’s competition. “We want to keep the parts we’ve perfected over the years and make everything else smoother,” she said.
Angle described what a judge looks for in 2010:
Smith joined the Phoenix Design Studio as design team leader in January 2012 after working as the design leader for The Salt Lake Tribune since 2006. He graduated from Southern Cal in 2000. He’s spent the last three years on the competition committee for the Society. In July 2011, Smith helped Josh Awtry redesign the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho.
NOMINATE A JUDGE: If you know someone who who would make a great judge, please tell us all about them. See details and a handy submission form here.
MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE: Want to know more? Contact competition director C. Marshall Matlock or meet the group at their public meeting at SND-CLE this fall.