The Society for News Design will recognize Tom Bodkin of The New York Times and Steve Dorsey of the Austin American-Statesman with Lifetime Achievement Awards on the final evening of SND’s 37th Annual Workshop in Washington, D.C.
The award, the Society’s highest individual honor, is presented for a significant body of work that has had lasting influence on the field of visual journalism; extraordinary service to SND and its members; or a combination of both.
Bodkin and Dorsey are the 23rd and 24th Lifetime recipients, respectively: They will be officially honored at an awards gala on Saturday, April 11, at the Newseum. Full coverage will be available online after the event.
Presenting Bodkin and Dorsey their awards will be Charles M. Blow, the author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, as well as previous Lifetime Achievement recipients Bill Gaspard, the design director of China Daily, and Deborah Withey, the influential designer, art director and artist.
Our sincere congratulations to both of this year’s recipients for their contributions to our craft. Read more about their remarkable careers below.
Tom Bodkin, the design director of The New York Times since 1987, was named a deputy managing editor in 2011, and Creative Director in 2015. He also holds the title of Chief Creative Officer extending his role to all New York Times Company enterprises. As head of the newsroom art department he is responsible for the evolving look and user experience for all platforms including the paper, the website and mobile apps. He oversees a staff of 140 that includes art directors, news designers, digital designers, information architects, design technologists, graphics editors, multimedia editors, and production artists.
Mr. Bodkin joined The Times in April 1980 as art director of the Home Section. Before being appointed design director, he was involved in the redesign of several broadsheet sections and the launch of several special editions of The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Born in New York City in 1953, Mr. Bodkin attended Brown University and was subsequently creative director of Avant-Garde Media, a designer for the CBS Broadcast Group, and the art director of Us Magazine.
Mr. Bodkin has won numerous awards from design associations, including gold medals from the New York Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers and the Society for News Design; and from the American Institute of Graphic Arts a special award “for design in the service of society” for The New York Times’s presentation of news surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In 1986 Mr. Bodkin was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Times’s coverage of the Strategic Defense Initiative, known as the Star Wars program.
He is married and lives in New York City.
Steve works on product development and project planning; he joined the Statesman in 2013. He came from the Detroit Media Partnership where he was VP for R+D, after working 11 years in the Detroit Free Press newsroom in numerous roles, culminating as the deputy managing editor/presentation + innovation.
Steve was the 2011 president of the Society for News Design. He’s been a speaker at news and design conferences internationally, a visiting professor at Syracuse University, a recurring visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and a frequent consultant and coach in many newsrooms. He was a newsroom leader at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader — named one of SND’s World’s Best-Designed™ in 1998. Before that he worked at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, The Syracuse (N.Y.) Newspapers, and the Norwich (N.Y.) Evening Sun.
Steve is a Syracuse University grad. He’s held numerous positions within the Society and has presented at SND-affiliate conferences: highlights include the VII Cumbre Mundial de Deseño en Prensa held in Mexico City (2011), the first-ever SND Design event in the Middle East at the American University of Sharjah (near Dubai, UAE); the four-day SND-Chinese News Page Design Boot Camp (Hangzhou, China); the IFRA Conference on Design (Paris); and the Malofiej International Information Graphics Summit (Pamplona, Spain).
Steve is a news and culture junkie. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf, poker and Xbox — although any success is purely accidental.
He is married and lives in Austin, Texas.