Free Syracuse Student Symposium on Friday, Feb. 8


We have an excellent lineup of speakers and topics for the annual student workshop in Syracuse from 12:30-5 p.m. on Friday at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The speakers this year: Michael Whitley of the Los Angeles Times, Adrian Norris of The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Andrea Zagata of The Buffalo News, Rob Schneider of The Dallas Morning News and Josh Crutchmer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The symposium is sponsored by the Society for News Design Foundation and will also feature a student critique session. We’ll also offer an awesome door prize: one free registration to the SND annual workshop in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 7-9.

Registration is free (and is also available to non-students who want to attend) but registration is mandatory for the event. Click HERE to register.


Room 141, Newhouse 3
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

12:30 p.m. FREE LUNCH
Free pizza! Sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.

1 p.m. Michael Whitley

NO REPETITIVE STRESS INJURY: Lessons from things we do over and over (including 10 years of Oscars coverage.)

1:50 p.m. Adrian Norris

DR. REDESIGN: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. A deconstruction of The Globe and Mail’s 2010 redesign.  Everything I have learned and what you need to know.

2:40 p.m. Andrea Zagata

DESIGNING WITH LOSERS: Three NFL seasons. Two mediocre teams. How repetition resulted in evolution for one young designer.

3:30 p.m.

Rob Schneider and Josh Crutchmer

LOVE/HATE: Why we love design/why we hate design, and how the SND competition brings out both of those qualities in our hearts

4-5 p.m.

Student critique sessions

Get a critique of work (print, digital) from one of the speaker or another professional.  To sign up, email [email protected]



Michael Whitley is Assistant Managing Editor for the Los Angeles Times. He is reading “A Dance with Dragons” right now so do NOT talk to him about spoilers.


Andrea Zagata is a designer in The Buffalo News sports department. She spent two years at The Detroit News after graduating from Michigan State University and interning at the Los Angeles Times. She lives with her dog, Freckles, who wears boots in the winter.

Adrian Norris

Adrian Norris is an award-winning creative director who believes passionately that intelligent and thoughtful design leads to stronger business results. He has used this approach in newspaper, website and magazine design, working for The Sunday Times, The Times, The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Times Supplements Ltd., and The Globe and Mail in Toronto.


Rob Schneider is Presentation Director for The Dallas Morning News. He is currently President of SND.


Josh Crutchmer is news design director at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His recent work has been honored by SND and Pictures of the Year International. He was the SND33 print competition coordinator.

About Rob Schneider

is creative director at the Dallas Business News and immediate past-president of SND.

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