Camp SND is the Society for News Design’s training program created for those interested in learning the basics of responsive web design and data visualization. These intense, two-day hands-on camps are available to university students and professionals alike. Sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation, Camp SND is free to attend, but only available for SND members. Course size is limited to ensure meaningful, and personalized instruction.

If you are not a member, join now!

CampSND is directed by SND Training Director, Chris Courtney of


Michigan State University
Site host: Rick Epps
January 27-28

Kansas State University
Site host: Sara Quinn
March 3-4


Please RSVP to Executive Director Stephen Komives at [email protected]

Background info

Once you are signed up to participate in ‘Camp,’ you will receive prep work to complete before the weekend begins. It is advised that you give yourself at least a couple of days to work on this before arriving at camp. The work is considered to be suitable for all levels of digital designers, so if you have no HTML or CSS background you can still participate.

SND Training Director Chris Courtney will be inviting you into the CampSND community on Slack. Participants are encouraged to post questions about the prep work in the CampSND Slack channel in the weeks leading up to the event so the CampSND team can assist you along the way. There will also be two AMA sessions hosted by Chris before your camp begins, so you’ll have an opportunity to ask anything about the prep work or the camp expectations before the event begins.

Once the team arrives on campus, you’ll find that time will go by rather quickly as we attempt to cram as much as possible into a two day experience. The best thing you can do to get the most out of the weekend is to complete the prepwork!

Day 1

What is a Digital Designer?
The understanding of what a designer is have never been so elusive. We boil down the question.

Meet the command line
A better way to operate your machine

Push early, push often with Git
The importance of version control and how we will put your work online


HTML/CSS overview
A refresher for some, the basics for everyone else

Inspect element
How to pick the internet apart

Bulletproof responsive design
The four key ingredients for designs that will not break.

Day 2

Javascript is weird
A refresher for some, the basics for everyone else

Ten lines, two web apps
Putting your new Javascript chops to immediate use


The steep climb into d3
Once you get over the hump, you can do a lot with d3. We focus on getting over the hump

Ship, ship, ship
If it isn’t online, the weekend didn’t happen

If you are a university instructor interested in hosting a CampSND event contact Chris Courtney at [email protected]