Judges begin deciding the World’s Best-Designed Newspaper

Five judges, visiting Syracuse from various points around the globe, today started the process of selecting the World’s Best-Designed Newspaper, or Newspapers.

They are leafing through more than 200 entries that have come in from North and South America, Europe and Asia. The World’s Best judges are examining entire newspaper editions from top to bottom, looking for consistently excellent presentation from page to page, not just on section fronts or in special features. Very few newspapers make the cut.

In 2014, England’s The Guardian, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter, Germany’s Die Zeit and Welt am Sonntag and Toronto’s The Grid were judged the best-designed newspapers in the world.

The World’s Best-Designed Newspaper competition has been part of the Best of News Design competition since 1994. (See all the past winners here.) Previous judges have described World’s Best-Designed Newspaper as “A culture of careful editing of all content that puts the reader first — through stringent attention to detail.”

The selection process takes three days and results in any number of winners; each is approved unanimously by the team.

Meet this year’s judges:

Emmet Smith

Emmet Smith, lead senior designer at the Washington Post. Prior to the Post, Smith spent 10 years at the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, where he was a designer, editor and pop music critic.

Steve Cavendish

Steve Cavendish, news editor and food critic, Nashville Scene. Cavendish has been page one editor, art director, graphics editor, design manager and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and San Jose Mercury News.

Tracy Collins

Tracy Collins, director of Gannett’s Phoenix Design Studio, which he launched. Previously, Collins was in charge of operations and visuals for the Arizona Republic. He was graphics editor and then assistant managing editor/news for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Collins is also president of the SND Foundation.

Anne Marie Owens

Anne Marie Owens, editor in chief, National Post, based in Toronto. Owens was also deputy editor at Maclean’s Magazine.

Fevzi Yazici

Fevzi Yazici, design director, Zaman in Istanbul, Turkey. Yazici is also general director of +1T Newspaper Design Days Conference in Istanbul. He teaches news design at Marmara University.

About Lee Steele

is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and 2015 president of the Society for News Design.

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