Meet SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2012: Deb Withey and Roger Black

At the awards gathering at SND’s workshop in Cleveland this fall SND presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Roger Black and Deb Withey. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest individual honor the Society can bestow and only 19 have received the it.

Roger’s vision and leadership has set the standard for newspaper and magazine design. His work with type and digital platforms has lead the way far out ahead of the rest of the industry. See the slideshow and read the script from the ceremony here.

Deb’s sense of community and gift for teaching transformed newsrooms of all sizes and her ability to use the tools of design to capture a place transformed communities. See the slideshow and read the script from the ceremony here.

Lifetime Achievement Award, Deb Withey: Inspirational voice for storytelling, communities

The recipients of SND’s Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2012 are Roger Black and Deborah Withey. The awards were presented at SND’s annual workshop and exhibition in Cleveland this fall. Before Black and Withey, only 19 have received the honor.

SNDCle: The workshop is underway. Tune in to SND Cle Live

The SNDCle workshop is off and running. The opening reception was held Thursday night in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a stunning museum with tributes to the world’s great rock artists. See for yourself on our opening day Designers from around the world descended on Cleveland Thursday for the annual Society for News Design conference. This year’s conference, hosted by The Plain Dealer, started with some events Thursday, and the opening reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We’ll be feeding our dispatches from Cleveland on, so check it out. Also, follow the #sndcle tag on Twitter to stay updated.

Welcome to Cleveland! (Oh yeah, if you haven’t signed up, psst., you still can. We’ve got an awesome workshop cooking)

Hey everybody!

The Cleveland workshop is upon us! The lineup is outstanding! Friday’s schedule is here, including Mario Garcia, Karl Gude and Bottle Rocket Apps and way more. Saturday’s lineup is here, including Jim Brady, Zach Wise and the Heads of State.

Download the SNDCle schedule app for your iPhone here. Android here. And Windows device here.

This workshop is different. We’ve got an awesome opening reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Most folks are staying downtown, and the conference is a few steps away at Sammy’s in One Cleveland Center.

If you haven’t signed up, do it here.

Sign up now for the workshop: Last chance to get the discount rate for SNDCle!

We are only days away from SND’s workshop in Cleveland, Oct. 11 to 13. Today is your last chance to sign up with the discount rate.

It’s going to be a fantastic workshop jam-packed with training and networking tailor made for visual journalists today. We’ve dispensed with the rubber chicken and figured out new ways to bring folks together.

We’ve ditched the long-winded stuff for a program on building skills, ideas and solutions.

Sign up today! Register here. More on the workshop here. Hotel options are here.

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.

Come to SNDCle if you like inspiration, if you like to create things, if you like to believe — there will be no rivers on fire and no rubber chicken will be served

Cleveland knows hard luck. Seriously, we’ve been called the “Mistake on the Lake,” our professional sports teams are far from great (far from good, actually), we’re in the “Rust Belt.” And our river caught fire. Yes, caught fire. But if you look closely, there’s an energy here. One of creativity, inspiration and innovation. It’s a place where people want to push harder, develop ideas, create things … make a difference. It’s a place that can draw a pretty strong parallel with the current state of our industry. Yes, things are changing — they have been for some time. Its uncomfortable, scary even. But just like here in Cleveland there is a huge opportunity to improve what we do. That’s why we’re the perfect host for SND’s 34th annual workshop. We want you to join us.

We’re building a different kind of workshop. First, we’re forcing folks out of the conference hotel so you can see some of the reasons why we love this city. You’ll walk a couple of blocks from the Hyatt Regency through downtown to One Cleveland Center, the site of some outstanding sessions. We won’t be serving any rubber chicken.

Come to Cleveland Oct. 11-13 for SND’s annual Workshop. Register here.

FRIDAY DEADLINE: 2013 SND officer elections open for nominations

The Society for News Design is seeking nominations for the office of Secretary/Treasurer for 2013. This is an open-ballot position: anyone who is nominated, meets the requirements of the position and chooses to run will appear on the ballot.

Nominees must be members of the Society in good standing, with a history of service to the organization. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 10. (Voting will begin on Sept. 10)

We will accept nominations through Friday, Aug. 10. Please send your nominations to: [email protected].

New discounts, and you could win an iPad: Sign up today for the SND CLE workshop

SND’s Annual workshop this October in Cleveland is unlike any other this year in terms of creative firepower aimed at all platforms. Creativity and inspiration will run through all the sessions with breakouts that will help you with new skills, generating ideas and giving you a big blast of inspiration.

SND is offering a triple-play of new deals. Check them out and sign up today:

• Group rate, save $200: News organizations registering five or more attendees at the same time receive a 10 percent discount off the total cost. (example: Signing up five at the professional rate saves $200)

• Become a member, save $50: People who join or renew their SND membership along with registration get 10 percent off the total cost. (example: Renewing a professional membership while registering at the professional rate gets a $50 discount)

• Register and you could win an iPad: The first 100 registrants to SND CLE are automatically entered to win a new Apple iPad — drawing to be held during the SND Business meeting.

Folks can register at Conference details can be found at

Hello, Cleveland! Speaker announcements for SNDCLE workshop start this week

There’s just five months to go until visual journalists from around the globe descend on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World for the 34th annual SND Workshop and Exhibition in Cleveland, Oct. 11-13. They’ll come for an amazing opening evening at the Rock Hall of Fame + Museum! They’ll come for the fantastic […]

SNDCLE: Tell us who you want to see in Cleveland this fall

On October 11, 2012, visual journalists from around the world will gather in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the opening reception of SNCLE — the SND 34th Annual Workshop. But right now, we’re busy building two days worth of inspiration, innovation, ideas and incredible speakers. We’d also like to hear more from you. Got a topics or speaker that you’re dying to see on the playlist in Cleveland? Let us know. See details for more info.

Syracuse speakers

International speakers for Syracuse Student Symposium

We have an excellent line-up of speakers and topics for the annual pre-judging workshop in Syracuse sponsored by the Society for News Design Foundation. Jonathon Berlin of the Chicago Tribune, Richard Johnson of the National Post and Adonis Durado of the Times of Oman and and Al Shabiba will all present. We’ll also have critiques of student work and an awesome door prize: one free professional registration to the SND annual workshop in Cleveland, Ohio Oct. 11-13.