Live from Muncie: Follow the SND Best of Digital News Design judging

A team of world renowned judges, student volunteers and SND helpers have braved stormpocalypse 2013 to head to Muncie, Ind., and Ball State University — the Harvard of Delaware County — for SND’s annual Best of Digital Design Competition.

Judges will be sorting through hundreds of entries from across the globe to pick the best digital and mobile news design from last year. They will also be selecting the World’s Best Designed news sites and apps. Don’t fret dear reader, the SND International Web Desk is there and will bring you live updates all weekend.

Other SND competition news:

  • Design the cover of SND’s next Best of News Design book
  • • Searchable database of the winners of SND’s Best of News Design print competition.
  • Links to coverage of the 34th Best of News Design™ competition.
  • • Slideshow of the World’s Best Designed™ Newspapers

Welcome to a new year: Meet the new appointments to SND’s board

With the start of the new years comes a number of new appointments for the Society for News Design board. These folks are taking over for former board members whose appointments ended in 2012 or who moved to other positions.

SND’s board is made up of more than 20 volunteers who focus on different parts of making SND go, whether a geographic area or an area of expertise, like the website or training.


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

Holiday sale: Sign up now for a limited-time $100 discount on this fall’s SND workshop in Louisville

Lately, Black Friday seems like the closest thing yet to the Zombie Apocalypse. People’s brains are overpowered by a near-deadly withdrawal of tryptophan, gravy and wine, and then they swarm en masse to retailers’ doors hoping to fight and shove their way to a $4 toaster.

This holiday season, you can avoid becoming a victim of the madness and knock a couple things off your shopping list from the cozy comfort of your recliner.

We’re knocking $100 off the standard registration price for SND Louisville. That’s only $295. This is a great gift for a friend, loved one, or yourself. What you’ll learn at SND’s Workshop will last longer than any $4 toaster. The Student and Educator price will drop to $200.

So to sum up, don’t make a bad bet and ruin your Thanksgiving weekend by living out a scene from “28 Days Later.” Relax, save money and give a gift that will keep on giving. Register now!

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.

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.

Best field trip ever: The story of Ball State students headed to London to cover the Games

In about 45 days, students from the journalism and telecommunications departments at Ball State University will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cover the Olympic Games in London. The immersive-learning experience will allow those who have excelled in the classroom and in student media a chance to showcase their skills on a world stage.

Ryan Sparrow, instructor of journalism at Ball State and Best of Digital Design competition coordinator for the Society for News Design, will be leading the program, BSU at the Games.

• Slideshow of award-winning Olympic pages.
• Michael Agar on the view from London

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 […]