Category Archives: Awards

Thoughts from the Society for News Design president about the 29th Best of Newspaper Design

By Gayle Grin

As always, the competition was exciting, stimulating and tiring as the hard-working judges pored over more than 14,000 entries in three long days of debate and discussion. And before the judging could begin, the entries had to be sorted and categorized by a dedicated group of helpers.

It was an intriguing process. Initially I felt there was so much of the same good stuff but at the same time, I recognized that newspapers have reached a level of maturity in design and we have taught each other so much. I could see quality in design was being identified. With a lot of work to be reviewed, the judges quickly began acting as a unit recognizing the elusive excellence. The judges, with a good international mix, were a tough bunch!

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Best Magazine Covers 2007


The American Society of Magazine Editors has published the 2007 Best Cover winners. Top awards went to The New Yorker, Wired, Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah Magazine and Texas Monthly.

SND.IES: Judges winners too

Judges for the competition are journalism, new media and design experts from around the world. Fifteen to 20 professionals conduct monthly judging throughout the year and serve approximately two years in that capacity, entering their comments online. Nine judges from the group involved in monthly judging then meet at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in late summer to choose the annual winners from the pool of monthly winners. Only monthly winners compete in the annual competition.

The panel of judges comes from newspapers, magazines, universities and private consulting firms. They are passionate and articulate about all levels of interface design, interactivity and use of multimedia. Not only do they create great work themselves throughout the year, but they also agree that their exposure to all the SND.ies entries makes them even better at their craft.


Nicolosi, Evans, Friedberg

Three of this year’s judges speak about how their experiences as a judge may affect their work back at the office.

Listen to interviews (1:52)

Phil Daquila
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

SND.ies: A Quiet Room

Judging of the Non-breaking Features is in the fifth of eight rounds. The Non-breaking Features has 59 entries, making it the largest category of the SNDies this year. The judges on the panel have their headphones on as they intently explore and review each entry before they cast their vote in the “silent start.”

Taryn Mahoney
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

SND.IES: After Chapel Hill dining, Day Two judging resumes

The second day of judging the SND.ies is under way in the basement lab of Carroll Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

The 2007 SND.ies judges, nine accomplished professionals from the field of online design, enjoyed shrimp and grits and North Carolina barbecue at the Carolina Brewery on Franklin Street Friday night after a full day of evaluating journalistic new media design.

The University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts the two-day judging process, in which all monthly awards throughout the year are reviewed in order to name annual awards.

Phil Daquila
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

SND.ies: The Non-breaking sports finalists

The judges have selected seven 2B finalists. Content for Category 2B is based on elements of sports coverage. Multiple pages/ elements are allowed, but all entries are limited to a single subject.

NYTimes.com: Lauren Williams, Stride for Stride

IndyStar.com: Indianapolis Colts History

ChicagoTribune.com: Bear Essentials

ElPais.com: Interior de un formula 1

NYTimes.com: NFL Penalties Database

NewsObserver.com: Roy Williams Strikes Back

ElMundo.com: Gran premio de EEUU Indianapolis

Chris Higginbotham
University of North Carolina
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

SND.ies: The Non-breaking news finalists

The judges have selected 12 2A finalists.

ChicagoTribune.com: Lifting the Guinea Worm Curse
ElMundo.es: El nuevo permiso por puntos
MSNBC.com: 2006 Year in Pictures
MSMBC.com: Fighting for Iraq: A regional powerplay
NOLA.com: The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana
NationalGeographic.com: Curse of the Black Gold: Oil in the Niger Delta
NYTimes.com: Words in the 2007 State of the Union Address
NYTimes.com: Election 2006
NYTimes.com: Casualties of War
PalmBeachPost.com: Train Jumping
WashingtonPost.com: Crisis in Darfur Expands
Wisconsin State Journal: Devil’s Lake: Dangerous as it is beautiful

Erin Debnam
University of North Carolina
School of Journalism and Mass Communication