SNDCLT kicks off — follow along

The Society for News Design’s 39th annual workshop has kicked off in Charlotte, N.C. with an opening reception at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Students spent the pre-conference day at the offices of American City Business Journals, hearing from pros and getting design critiques. Others attended a strategy session — Think Before You Make — to hone their problem solving skills in a hands-on day led by the team at Boston-based Upstatement.

Want to follow all the action? The special #SNDCLT subsite is here. That’s a place to find all the action over the next couple of days.

Here are some other tips, whether you are still making your way to Charlotte or just trying to navigate the (packed) schedule.


After relaxing in one of the famed rocking chairs at Charlotte Douglas International, the easiest way to get to the Sheraton Hotel at 555 S. McDowell St. — or anywhere in Uptown (we call downtown Uptown in Charlotte) — is by cab. There’s a $25 flat rate from the airport to Uptown. You also can use Uber or Lyft, with pickup at Zone D in the Arrivals area for ride-sharing services.


You can pick up your workshop badge outside the Carolina Ballroom, located through the main lobby of the Sheraton Hotel. You need your badge to get into all SND Charlotte events. The desk will open again on Thursday morning at 8 a.m.


Everyone has received an email invite to our workshop schedule app, which is powered by You can also visit to create your schedule, leave feedback about sessions, and sign up for seat-limited sessions. If you did not receive an invite to Sched, check your spam/junk/clutter folder. If you still don’t have an invite, email Jon/Steve/Kyle for help.


Some other things to consider:

  • Silent Auction, sponsored by Hoefler& Co.: This SND workshop tradition benefits the SND Foundation, which awards travel grants and scholarships to students. Please think about bringing an item to donate, and some cash to bid.
  • Fun Run: Bring your sneakers for a quick jog, or a longer run, through Charlotte’s greenway on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.


Not attending the workshop this year? Follow along at home. Our student newsroom will be providing coverage of every session. Follow coverage on social media: #SNDCLT


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