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ORLANDO, FEB. 17, 2012 – The Society for News Design awarded a Best-in-Show prize for the first time in a decade and named five international newspapers “World’s Best-Designed Newspaper™” in its 33rd annual “The Best of News Design™ Creative Competition.”

Judges awarded Svenska Dagbladet, a 190,000 circulation daily newspaper in Stockholm, Sweden, with Best-in-Show for its breaking news coverage of the 2011 attacks in Norway in which 77 people were killed in Oslo and a nearby island. Their 16 pages of coverage “combine stunning photography, engrossing information graphics, sharp typography, brilliant pacing and page architecture in a piece of journalism that answers every question a reader might have,” the judges said in their statement.

“It shows what journalists should be doing when news breaks and how design plays a central role,” said competition coordinator Josh Crutchmer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It is the first Best-in-Show award since the SND recognized The New York Times for its information graphics coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Five publications were named “World’s Best-Designed Newspaper™”: Excelsior, Mexíco City, Mexíco; the National Post, Toronto; The Grid, also of Toronto; Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and Politiken, of Copenhagen, Denmark.

This marks the fifth time Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung has won “World’s Best” designation, including the fourth time since 2006. It is the third win for the National Post, which was also recognized in 1998 and 2000. It is the second win for Politiken, which was previously recognized in 2006.

The common thread for the “World’s Best”? Here’s what the judges said:
“A certainty about who their audiences are and a bold, sure-footed approach to reaching them. All have a unique voice. All are superb. All share a commitment to print that other newspapers should emulate. They never waste a page, never waste their readers’ time. These newspapers look healthy, well-staffed and richly resourced — even if they are not. It was inspiring to see international journalists who still believe in excellence in print.”

Overall, SND awarded 717 awards. They came from 10,236 entries submitted by daily and non-daily newspapers and magazines in 39 countries. Coverage of the judging is at

In the 19 competition categories, judges awarded six Gold Medals, 38 Silver Medals, seven Judges’ Special Recognitions and 667 Awards of Excellence. The six Gold medals went to:

* The Washington Post, for its non-narrative treatment of a story on tablet shopping.
* The Times of Oman, for a 28-page tiled poster celebrating Ramadan.
* The Times of Oman, for its design treatment of the story, “How secrecy undermines audit reform.”
* Svenska Dagbladet’s breaking news coverage of the Norway attacks.
* Pablo Bernasconi of La Nacion in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his illustration portfolio.
* Bloomberg Businessweek, for its coverage of Steve Jobs’ death.

The competition is co-sponsored by SND and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. It recognizes excellence in newspaper design, graphics and photography. Judges from around the globe met in two stages in February at Syracuse University in New York.

Winners will be honored during the Society’s 34th Annual Workshop and Exhibition in Cleveland, Oct. 11-13, 2012. Winners and the judges’ comments will be showcased in the 33rd Edition book, “The Best of News Design,™” available this fall.

About Stephen Komives

Previously served as Executive Director of the Society for News Design, from 2009–2019.

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