About 20 professional SND volunteers are selected each year to assist with the annual Best of Newspaper Design™ Creative Competition judging in February at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y

Facilitators assist in teams helping judges do their work. They place and remove entries on tables, sort voting chips, place and remove voting cups, take winning entries to the input area, input data, proof-read data and generally help facilitate the process.

SND provides meals, but facilitators pay for their travel and lodging, estimated at $107 per night plus tax. Many publications cover this cost for employees because the facilitating experience yields valuable information, insights and ideas.

To volunteer, please send an email to [email protected] Please indicate your first and last name, current place of work, job title and languages read or spoken, as well as your preferred contact email and phone numbers. Please put “SND36 Facilitator” in the subject line and indicate whether you have attended judging before (as a judge or facilitator). Only SND members in good standing will be considered.

Volunteers will be accepted through July 31. Facilitators are selected based on two factors: The needs of the competition and the order in which applications are received. The sooner you volunteer, the better your chances of selection. Please note that we usually receive more volunteers than we need.

SND36 judging will take place from February 6-9, 2015, on the campus of Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Facilitators should be able to arrive in Syracuse no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 5, stay through the completion of judging, and can leave any time on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Please provide the following information in the e-mail you send: name, work title, publication or affiliate, preferred e-mail address, city, state or country, languages that you read or speak other than English, and number of times, if any, you have assisted with past judgings.

Facilitators must be SND members in good standing when they volunteer and at the time of the judging.

(Photos by Mark Dolan)