SND 2020 – Virtual Conference

SND is the world’s largest gathering of highly engaged visual journalists who are shaping the future of news and technology. We anticipate hosting more than 300 media executives, creative directors, agency leaders, editors, designers, photographers, product managers, technologists, educators, innovators and all types of design professionals and students, from around the globe.

September 18 - 1, 2020 in Worldwide


What sparks collaboration? How do different crafts work together to tell stories? When should the design of visual information be explanatory and when should it be exploratory? SND 2020 will incubate those discussions and inspire answers, all with the goal of practical applications. Our goal is to help you know what to learn, how to sharpen your expertise and find ways to grow your professional networks.

Take the opportunity to present your brand to the world’s leading visual communicators. The annual workshop is one of the largest SND events each year — and it is a perfect place to connect with leaders pushing journalism and information design forward in the digital age.


SND 2020 is open to everyone in the visual storytelling community.



SND Members






*Current SND members receive a member rate. You will be required to be logged into your SND account to apply the member rate. If you are having issue accessing your SND account, or feel there is an error in your membership status, please contact Paige K. Connor or Tiffany Shackelford.

If you are not currently a SND member and would like to become one, sign up for an SND membership and then complete your registration.

We are continuing to add speakers to our line-up. Check back soon for more.
Anjali Singhvi
Information Graphics - The New York Times
Janay Kingsberry
Digital Engagement - POLITICO
Jamila Robinson
Multi-platform - Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt Wuerker
Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist - POLITICO
Sisi Wei
Data Visualization - Open News
Alex Fong
Rachel Henderson
Social Impact Storytelling
Anna Boone
Digital Design
Greg Mees
Print Design
Josh Penrod
Digital Design
Skye Doherty
Interaction Design Research
Melissa Angle
Audience Engagement
Tyler Fisher
Anna Thurfjell
Susan Finkelpearl
UX Design & Strategy - Alley
Rhyne Piggott
Product Strategy
Lukman Ahmad
Brian Williamson
Interactive Design
Amish Srivastava
Visual Storytelling
Michelle Bloom
Off-Platform Design
Heather Murdock
Middle East Correspondent
Suzette Moyer
Katie Travis
Digital Direction
Brittany Mayes
Sara Quinn
Danielle Mollette-Parks
Creative Director
Eli Murray
Data Reporter
Robert Morast
Senior Editor of Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Feldberg
Culture Desk Editor
Jack Evans
Langston Taylor
Data Reporter
Patrick Garvin
Visual Storytelling
Romy Ellenbogen
Austin Maurer
Digital Design
Deborah Withey
Design Therapy
Adolfo Arranz
Information Graphics
Yan Lu
Data Journalism
Danny Gawlowski
Assistant Managing Editor
Beth Nakamura
Ray Soto
Director of Emerging Tech
Emily Chow
Director of Site Product
KC Schaper
Design Lead
Kathy Kieliszewski
Photography and Video
Tom Jolly
Traditional News
Terence Oliver
Amanda Zamora
Co-Founder & Publisher
Emily Swelgin
Director of Product
Meng Wei
Data Visualization
Christa Field
Creative Director
Lauren McNeely
Print Design
Clarice Bajkowski
Creative Director
Carlos Gonzalez
Bill Gaspard
Design Director
Corey Takahashi


Q: What if I previously registered for SNDDC before it was postponed?
A: All registered SNDDC attendees should have received an email about your options. If not, please reach out to Paige K. Connor.

Q: Why is the workshop over such a long period?
A: Each day of the virtual conference will only have 3-5 sessions in single track, allowing attendees to engage without digital fatigue. This will also allow us to add additional timely sessions of interest.

Q: What if I miss a session?
A: We will be recording all of the sessions.

Q: Will I need a special technical set-up to be in the virtual conference?
A: We will use common web-based tools. The attendees will not incur additional technology costs.

Q: Why is the virtual conference so much less?
A: We know that high conference and travel fees mean not everyone can join us. This is just the first step to bring our professional development sessions to as many news and information organizations as possible.

Q: What are you looking for in session pitches?
A: Be as creative or expansive as you’d like. We love new ideas. We love to share tips, tricks, best practices, inspiring and innovative solutions but most important, we want to know what you are doing, how you are doing it and share it with our worldwide community. Sessions will be short, about 30 minutes each, so make sure you can share everything you want in that time.

Q: When will I know if my pitch was selected?
A: Our panel will review pitches shortly after the deadline and will contact those who submitted pitches. Please make sure all of your contact information is correct on submission. If we can not reach you, we can not use your pitch.

Q: How can I be involved in SND 2020 besides pitching a session?
A: Yes!!! We are eager to have you in any way you can join us. What do you love to do? Bring us your talent and passion and we will find a great outlet for your time and energy.

If you want to help, let us know. We will be work to get you involved as much or as little as you can give. Contact Paige K. Connor if you are interested.

Q: How can I sponsor the SND virtual workshop?
A: We love our sponsors and those that support our organization and our commitment to continual education and professional development. If you are interested in sponsoring our virtual conference, please contact Tiffany Shackelford.