SND 34 is live from Syracuse

The 34th Edition of the Society for News Design’s Best of News Design competition is under way!

A group of 22 visual journalism experts from around the world have gathered here on the campus of Syracuse University to judge more than 9,300 entries over the next three days. 34th Edition coordinator Melissa Angle has given the judges their initial instructions and the groups have already started their work.

Can’t make it to the free Syracuse Student Symposium Feb. 8? Oh, yes, you can!

We’re streaming live from the Syracuse Student Symposium! Streaming starts Friday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. EST, and runs until 5 p.m. Watch it here: We have an excellent lineup of speakers and topics for the annual student workshop, and it’s all available live from Room 141, Newhouse 3, in the S.I. Newhouse School of […]

What to expect at the Best of News Design judging

On Friday, a bevy of visual journalists will come to Syracuse University to help with the Society for News Design’s annual creative competition. Some will judge the competition, but many students and professionals will help as “facilitators.” It’s a tough job, but one that comes with incredible learning opportunities and gives everyone involved a wealth of inspiration. Last year we asked judging veteran Andrea Zagata to write this guide for first-time facilitators. She’s coming back, and so is this post, because it’s full of common-sense tips on what to pack — and what to expect — if you are also coming to SND34. Even if you aren’t coming, she gives great insight into the type of things that go on over this weekend.

Also, check all weekend and Monday for live coverage of both the Best of News Design and the World’s Best Newspaper competitions. For the first time, both competitions will be judged simultaneously.

Free Syracuse Student Symposium on Friday, Feb. 8

We have an excellent lineup of speakers and topics for the annual student workshop in Syracuse from 12:30-5 p.m. on Friday at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The speakers this year: Michael Whitley of the Los Angeles Times, Adrian Norris of The Globe and Mail (Canada), Andrea Zagata of The Buffalo News, Rob Schneider of The Dallas Morning News and Josh Crutchmer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The symposium is sponsored by the Society for News Design Foundation and will also feature a student critique session. We’ll also offer an awesome door prize: one free registration to the SND annual workshop in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 7-9.

Now accepting entries: Put your digital and print design work up against the best in the world in SND’s creative competitions

The Society for News Design is now accepting entries for both its digital and print competitions. Your work will compete against the best news design in the world. More than 30 countries enter including websites, mobile apps, magazines and newspapers. SND gathers world-renowned juries in Syracuse, NY, and Muncie, IN, to determine the top work in a variety of categories including the selection of the World’s Best Designed newspapers, websites and mobile apps.

SND has recognized the top work for the last 34 years. For the last three, we’ve evolved our Best of Digital News Design to reflect cutting edge digital work from Washington DC to Moscow, Madrid, Spain, to Mexico City. You’ll find an array of new categories this year designed to make it easier to submit your work, whether a newsapp, site redesign, interactive experience or mobile app.


Print entry deadlines: U.S. submissions, Jan. 16, 2013; international submissions, Jan. 23, 2013.

Digital entry deadlines: 12 a.m. EST., Jan. 16, 2013

Digital competition categories: More on the changes to this year’s competition, categories and rules

Digital entry form: Register first and then click on “submit entries.”

What sites are the World’s Best Designed? We’re looking for your ideas for the World’s Best Designed websites and mobile apps. A group of judges will go over all submissions and ideas in February, but first we’d like to hear from you. Send us your ideas.

Print competition Call for Entries: Instructions, categories and forms English and Spanish

Countdown to Cleveland: Sign up now for a weekend of inspiration, ideas and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

You have a little more than a month to make plans to join the best and brightest visual journalists in the world as they descend upon Cleveland for SNDCLE, the 24th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition. On the menu, inspiration, tech training and a chance to get a career spark in a beautiful city that’s an easy car trip from virtually everywhere in the U.S.

The workshop is Oct. 11-13. Register here.

Register for the special hands-on iPad graphics garage workshop here.

Check out the new SNDCle site here.

Angle named 34th edition coordinator; Smith to chair 35th

After the regular updates were given about how this year’s competition is proceeding, and instructions were given for the afternoon, we were treated to a bit of breaking news during today’s lunch break. SND competition director C. Marshall Matlock announced that Melissa Angle will be the coordinator for the Society’s 34th edition in 2013. He […]