Announcing the 2017 SND Travel Grant Winners

The SND Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of travel grants for the 39th SND Annual Workshop & Exhibition celebrated in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 19-21, 2017. Each grant covers the $270 workshop registration fee, as well as, a $500 travel stipend. The winners (listed alphabetically) are:

Northeastern University

Experience: I’m currently a project lead for Scout, a student-run design studio at Northeastern University where I manage a team of designers and developers to produce identity and web design work for clients. I graduated from duPont Manual High School’s Journalism and Communications magnet program, where I worked as the creative director of the school yearbook and a designer for several independent publications.

Involvement with SND: I first discovered the Society for News Design as a high school senior interested in exploring the career path of the overlap of journalism and graphic design. I am excited to finally be attending my first conference two years later as a sophomore in college!

Most excited about: I can’t wait to meet the talented group of students and professionals from across the country who are interested in the same field as I am, and to learn about all of the exciting and innovative work being done in the profession.

Ball State University

Experience: I started as a page designer for the Ball State Daily News with very little newsroom experience. I soon became a lead designer for our print product, as well as a designer and illustrator for the Ball State student magazine, Ball Bearings. In a newly developed Unified Media Design Studio, I’ve had the opportunity to work on graphics, digital illustrations and branding for a variety of projects. As an art major, I’ve worked in graphic design and currently manage a start-up community makerspace, specializing in book arts and letterpress printing.

Involvement with SND: After hearing about digital workshops, alumni success stories, and the incredible lineup of speakers at national conferences, I was so excited to join SND. Attending the CampSND weekend of digital design in Athens, Ohio, was an incredible learning and bonding experience for our Ball State chapter. SND has opened my eyes to the opportunities for designers in the news industry and provides incredible professional connections.

Most excited about: I am most excited to learn creative processes from industry professionals, as well as meet fellow designers who share a passion for visual communication. I love to surround myself with people who are working toward making a difference within their community and creative industry, and I believe SND members exemplify that so well.

Exchange at the Missouri School of Journalism; Home university: The University of Hong Kong

Experience: As a double major in journalism and computer science at the University of Hong Kong, I have always been passionate about the effect of technology on the media landscape and our consumption habits. Leading TecHKU, a student-run tech news site, and holding tech/startup-related events for the student community further steered my interest towards the intersection of journalism and technology.

I first set foot in the world of visual journalism in 2014 as an intern at the South China Morning Post Graphics Desk, where I assisted in the production of multimedia packages, interactive graphics, and back page infographics for print. In the following summer, while I was a visual communication intern at Droste, a data science consultancy based in Hong Kong, I built a public service tool that uses Plotly to generate graphs about historical rent data and helped produce dataviz workshop material in Jupyter Notebooks. I am currently on exchange at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Involvement with SND: I have always wanted to meet people who are enthusiastic about the same areas as I am, so when I first learnt about SND at Mizzou, I was keen on getting involved in some way. The workshop in Charlotte will be my first ever SND event!

Most excited about: I am most looking forward to learning from and collaborating with peers and experts who tell stories with interactive graphics and data. It would also be an opportunity for me to learn about the roles that “hybrid” journalists can play and newsroom workflow in the digital first era.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Experience: I am currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Royal Purple student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This semester I have created a logo and branding for UW-W’s American Marketing Association’s Regional Conference as well as branding for UWWTV, UW-W’s student television station. Last summer, in addition to being co-editor-in-chief, I was the lead designer for the Royal Purple print and online redesign project. I was also a marketing and design intern at the Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Previously, I worked as a managing editor, lifestyle editor, graphics editor and sports writer for the Royal Purple. I also worked for a year as a freelance sports writer for the Lake Mills Leader newspaper in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Involvement with SND: I just recently became a member of SND in November (UW-W does not have a student chapter). I discovered SND at the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention in Washington, D.C., this October, where I had the fantastic opportunity to meet with members of SND and learn how to become a member.

Most excited about: I am most excited about seeing other news designers’ works and comparing and contrasting creative processes. I believe the best design comes from teamwork and I cannot wait to see what great ideas and inspiration I walk away with.

Syracuse University

Experience: Most recently, I was the summer 2016 editorial design intern at The Boston Globe. I primarily designed feature pages for the paper and front-of-book pages for the magazine. The previous summer, I stayed in my hometown and worked as a design intern at Northern Virginia Magazine. I am a senior graphic design major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and I spent my first three years of college designing and art directing at the independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange. My work for The D.O. has received awards and recognition in several student SND competitions. After I graduate in May, I will be heading to NYC for a design internship at Sports Illustrated.

Involvement with SND: I was introduced to SND through my design professor, Claudia Strong. She invited me to attend SND37 in Syracuse. I spent Valentine’s Day volunteering as a student facilitator and I immediately fell in love with the organization. Currently, I am a member of a student task force. I am helping to interview SND CLT speakers for the website and working with other SND members to launch a student blog.

Most excited about: I can’t wait to meet and learn from professionals and other students. Most of my experience so far has been in print design, so I am looking forward to hearing from digital and interactive designers and learning ways that I can adapt to the changing industry.

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Experience: I am Marisa Morrissette, and I am currently a graphic designer for the Daily Mississippian at the University of Mississippi. I have been designing for scholastic publications for more than seven years including The Ole Miss Yearbook for two years. I have a deep passion for design and believe that its impact is far greater than people realize or give it credit. I hope to make my stamp on the graphic design industry in the best way I can. I simply want to make the world a more graphically beautiful place.

Involvement with SND: I learned about SND through my graphic design professor, Darren Sanefski, and joined in the spring semester of my sophomore year. I had previously heard of SND but did not realize the scope of design that the organization covered. Since joining SND, I have been exposed to seasoned professionals in the field and created great relationships with students who have similar interests and aspirations to mine. Last semester I was approached to fill the director of membership position for the Ole Miss SND chapter and have enjoyed performing that position’s duties since.

Most excited about: I am really excited to meet other people from so many different walks of life who share my interest in design, and hopefully some people who understand the importance of a good font.

University of Texas at Austin

Experience: I am a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching Reporting: Images. I was a news artist at The Seattle Times and an interactive news designer and data reporter for The Center for Public Integrity, where I collaborated with reporters to identify strong graphic projects and created data-driven infographics and visualizations for investigative stories. I was a web designer and data analyst for a key project of Investigative Reporters & Editors/National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting at DocumentCloud, a preeminent non-profit organization to promote data-driven journalism worldwide. I analyzed user activity data and characteristics of the seven million documents uploaded at DocumentCloud (open source funded by Knight Foundation) with SQL & Ruby to improve the usefulness of the site to visitors. In the summer of 2013, I was an information graphic design intern with National Geographic Magazine.

Involvement with SND: This will be my third time to join SND!

Most excited about: I am excited to learn about the up-to-date creative work on design and content creation, whether it is through civic media, remix and fandom, or Internet culture at large.

University of Miami

Experience: I have worked for Distraction magazine all four years of my undergraduate study at the University of Miami, working my way up from contributing designer to my current position of art director, which I’ve held for one year. As a creative advertising and studio art double major, I create ad campaigns, branding projects, handmade typography, printmaking series, and other projects that harmonize art and design.

Involvement with SND: I heard about SND through upperclassmen who attended past conferences and loved them. Their comments about how motivating and energizing their experiences were propelled me to want to be a part of this year’s conference.

Most excited about: I’m most anticipating meeting inspiring members of the design community and immersing myself in the world of editorial beauty for an entire weekend.

Syracuse University

Experience: I spent last summer a graphic design intern at Los Angeles Magazine, where I created a table of contents layout that the magazine used as the foundation for its redesign. I’m currently a senior journalism major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where I started designing for the independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange, during my freshman year. I spent two years in editorial before going back to design this past fall semester as the paper’s presentation director. I managed illustrations and photos, art directed big stories and designed news, features and sports layouts. I’ll be moving to Minneapolis after graduating this spring to work as a design intern with The Star Tribune.

Involvement with SND: I took a publications design course last spring with Claudia Strong as my professor, who had us pick one day to volunteer at SND37 in Syracuse. I was so mesmerized by the idea that I spent all three days volunteering as a student facilitator that weekend. It was such an incredible experience to talk to professionals about their careers, see all the great designs and to learn more about the organization. Right now, I’m also working with a group of members to launch an SND student blog in the near future.

Most excited about: I’m a design nerd, so I can’t wait to meet more people, especially students from other schools, who love editorial design as much as I do. I’m also looking forward to meeting professionals who can give me their thoughts on what the “real world” is like, especially since I’ll be graduating soon.

Michigan State University

Experience: Since 2015, I have been a designer at The State News where my responsibilities include designing content for our print and online publication. I am also involved with VIM Magazine, a fashion magazine on campus of Michigan State University. I have experience designing graphics, pages and some online content. I am continuing to learn about design through the journalism school at MSU.

Involvement with SND: I first learned about SND from a professor at MSU who encouraged me to joined in 2016. I love collaborating with other designers who are enthusiastic about the field and who are always willing to share ideas and experiences. I am thrilled to be getting more involved with the organization and to continue to build connections with such passionate people.

Most excited about: I am most excited to be surrounded by talented professionals and students in the design world. The networking seems like an opportunity unlike any other and I cannot wait to hear from such a successful and motivated group of people. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of design and building connections.


I am so thrilled to see young women in these ranks, we need more women in our industry, especially in leadership and decision-making roles. See you in Charlotte!

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