SND36: Meet the judges

The annual SND Best of News Design competition brought 27 professionals to Syracuse to judge the best work of 2014. The judges are broken into five groups — news, features, long form, visuals, and World’s Best. There are also two conflict judges.



  • Julie ElmanAssociate Professor, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University
  • Leah SamolFeatures designer, Buffalo News
  • Jason SfetkoDeputy Art Director, New York Times Magazine
  • Shan StumpfArt Director, Folio Weekly
  • Lucille UmaliSenior Illustrator/Designer, The Times of Oman

Long Form

  • Josh AwtryVice President, Gannett Carolinas
  • Andrew BrafordDesigner, New York Times
  • Sara Quinn, Digital Design Strategist, The Pixelbots, Vice President, SND
  • Chris RukanDesigner, Washington Post
  • Kelli Sullivan, Deputy Design Director, Los Angeles Times


  • Tim BallVisuals Editor, Bay Area News Group
  • Matt CurtisArt Director, Sunday Times Magazine
  • Tim FrankDirector at Asbury Park Design Studio for Gannett
  • Troy OxfordInteractive Graphics Editor, Dallas Morning News
  • Josh PenrodPresentation Director, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Conflict Judges

  • Mauricio Gutierrez, Design Director, Detroit Free Press
  • Kenney MarlattEditor/Designer, Chicago Tribune

World’s Best


SND36: Live coverage from the Best of News Design competition

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About Katie Myrick Parks

is the Senior Visuals Editor at the Global Press Journal.


I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented to your post.
They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the
posts are too brief for starters. May you please extend them a
little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

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