SND34: The Official Press Release


* Five international newspapers named “World’s Best-Designed”
* Three gold medals among the 727 individual awards given to 9,262 entries from 30 countries

Five international newspapers – two from Germany, two from Scandinavia and one from Canada – have been named “World’s Best-Designed Newspaper™” by the Society for News Design. In its annual competition, the Society also awarded just three gold medals to individual works from more than 9,000 entries in its 34th annual “The Best of News Design™ Creative Competition.”

“What distinguishes a World’s Best-Designed Newspaper? A culture of careful editing of all content that puts the reader first — through stringent attention to detail,” said the judges in a statement. The judges found Die Zeit of Hamburg, Germany, and Welt am Sonntag of Berlin, Dagens Nyheter of Stockholm, Sweden, Politiken of Copenhagen, Denmark, and The Grid of Toronto to be the most adept at upholding that standard.

For Politiken and The Grid, it is the second consecutive year winning the honor. Die Zeit and Welt am Sonntag both have previous earlier wins. No U.S. paper has won the award since 2009.

“It’s disheartening to see so many American newspapers that, after decades of discussion and education, still pay little or no attention to inside pages,” the judges said. “Publications that spend a great amount of time finessing their covers but treat their inside pages like vessels to fill with commodity news until they’re full to the top are missing the point and the opportunity to be relevant.”

Individual entries recognized
For individual works, the Washington Post earned one of just three Gold medals awarded, for its exhaustive coverage of the 2012 U.S. election. “This goes to show the planning, and commitment of their entire news organization,” said the judges. “It’s a gigantic piece of work, and so very well executed. They maintained such a consistently high level of excellence across an entire year. Every little detail has a purpose.”
Washinton Post:

Other Gold medals were given to Eureka, a science magazine produced by The London Times; and a package by the Gulf News in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, chronicling James Bond through 50 years.

The Times of London wins Gold medal for magazine design at SND34

Gulf News:

Overall, SND awarded 727 awards. They came from 9,262 entries submitted by daily and non-daily newspapers and magazines in 30 countries.

In the 19 competition categories, judges awarded 36 Silver Medals, 10 Judges’ Special Recognitions and 678 Awards of Excellence.

“With the sheer volume of outstanding journalism the judges evaluated, it’s an incredible honor to be awarded. This work is truly the best of the best,” said 34th edition competition coordinator Melissa Angle. “Congratulations to the World’s Best-Designed newspapers and all the Best of News Design award winners; and thank you to everyone who entered their year’s best work.”

* Coverage of the judging is at
* Winners are listed in a searchable database at

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 February at Syracuse University in New York.

Winners will be honored during the Society’s 35th Annual Workshop and Exhibition in Louisville, Nov. 7-9, 2013. Learn more about the event and register at Winners and the judges’ comments will be showcased in the 34th Edition book, “The Best of News Design,™” available this fall.

34th competition: By the numbers
ENTRIES: 9,262
The all-time high for entries was 15,020 entries in 2005.
Entries in 2012: 10,158

Total 2013 winners: 727
Total 2012 winners: 717

1. Los Angeles Times 95
2. National Post (Canada) 66
3. The Washington Post 38
4. The New York Times 28
5. Times of Oman 27
6. Omaha World-Herald 22
7. Gulf News (UAE) 21
8. Globe & Mail (Toronto) 21
9. Dagens Nyheter (Denmark) 21
10. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) 20

Argentina 11
Brazil 23
Canada 129
China 14
Colombia 4
Costa Rica 1
Denmark 15
Dominican Republic 2
Ecuador 3
El Salvador 3
England 5
Finland 3
Germany 21
Ireland 1
Israel 1
Italy 1
México 31
Norway 2
Oman 30
Peru 5
Poland 1
Portugal 3
Russia 1
Singapore 2
Spain 2
Sweden 39
The Netherlands 2
Turkey 2
United Arab Emirates 28
United States 342

The Society for News Design is an international professional organization with a mission
to enhance communication around the world through excellence in visual journalism. The Society, founded in 1979, has professional, educator and student members in 40 countries. To learn more, visit

About Stephen Komives

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

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