Category Archives: society

February’s área-11 is online

The February edition of área-11 is now online.
The topics on this issue include:

  • ­ Al Día: a weekly newspaper “made in” Colombia and published in Philadelphia.
  • ­ The “Argentina Report” from Mauricio Gutiérrez, in which he writes about what we can expect from a visit to Buenos Aires at the workshop in 2009.
  • ­ Some information about “Lo mejor del Periodismo Visual Latinomericano,” a new competition for publications in Central and South America.

Adrian Alvarez reminds us to enjoy — and practice our Spanish!



Join your SND friends in a new interactive world

There’s a party brewing just a few clicks away — why haven’t you stopped by yet? Log in to the SND Facebook group and stay in touch and up-to-date on what’s happening in and around SND…

The group is growing … The last five people to join were:

* Akili Ramsess – Director of Photography at the Orlando Sentinel
* Mario Garcia – (Do we really need to explain?) – Design legend and mentor to many; CEO and founder, Garcia Media
* Linda Carpio ShapleyDenver Post designer
* Robb MontgomeryVizEds founder and CEO
* Karl Gude – Michigan State faculty and former Newsweek graphics guru

See you there!

Election ’07: SND announces candidates

Immediate past president Christine McNeal announced the 2007 secretary/treasurer candidates to the board of directors last night: “I’m pleased to announce that we have two amazing candidates for the ballot this year. Bonita Burton and Denise M. Reagan each have agreed to run for secretary/treasurer. As you all know, Denise and Bo have lead SND through projects big and small. You’ll be reading more about their qualifications later. For now, please congratulate our candidates … and thank them for their commitment to SND.”

Bonita Burton, associate managing editor for visuals at the Orlando Sentinel, oversees news design, photography and graphics. Before joining the Sentinel, Bonita was the first business design director at the San Jose Mercury News. She was hired as a member of the small core team that redesigned the paper in an intense four months, an effort that won multiple awards, including “World’s Best Designed” distinction from SND. She’s also worked in various roles at the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and the Salt Lake Tribune, winning SND honors for her individual page designs, overall portfolio and redesigns. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a visiting faculty member at Poynter, API and several universities. She has served as a regional director and quick course chair for SND and brought last year’s annual workshop to Orlando. Learn more about her at:

Denise M. Reagan has been making connections between words and visuals since she entered the news design field 17 years ago. After graduating from the University of Florida in Gainesville, she has designed and art directed pages at The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the Detroit Free Press; the Star Tribune in Minneapolis; the Savannah Morning News; and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. As editor of SND’s newsletter, Update, Denise stressed the use of non-traditional story forms and high utility for members. She currently serves as the Society’s education and training director. She has been a judge for SND’s creative competition as well as a judge of the SND.ies, the society’s Web design contest. She offers training at quick courses, the Poynter Institute and other journalism gatherings on all areas of visual journalism. Denise is currently assistant managing edtor for visuals at the Florida Times-Union and works part-time as a consultant with MG Redesign.

This is essentially an election for president of The Society for 2010. The person elected as secretary/treasurer is expected to graduate into the role of vice president the following year, and then assumes the presidency after that. The 2010 annual workshop is slated for Denver.

Stay tuned here for additional information about the candidates and election details. We’re hoping we can get them both to post ideas on where the Society should be heading.

Our man in Manila

Word on the street is that Design columnist Charles Apple of The Virginian-Pilot will be using his VizEds blog to write about the graphics workshop at Publish Asia. That conference is sponsored by our friends at Ifra, which has begun partnering with the Society on more events around the world.

SND’s Asia-Pacific regional director Peter Ong is coordinating the workshop for Ifra: SND members Tonia Cowan of the Toronto Star and Kris Viesselman of National Geographic will join Charles in the Philippines for the two-day event, which starts Thursday.

The focus of the Manila meeting: How do publishers survive and even flourish in an increasingly media-savvy culture, and connect with this new generation of readers by offering the content they want … anytime, anywhere?

That’s the big question facing folks out there every day, and here at The Blog we’re anxious to hear reports back from Asia.

Our hope? Charles, who leaves on Sunday, does his usual thorough job of keeping his readers up to date on emerging trends and info we can use in our newsrooms. No doubt, he will find an internet connection as one of his first tasks after clearing customs.

Safe travels, Mr. Apple.

SND Board hits Boston

~ The President’s report: Scott Goldman

The SND board of directors met this past weekend in Boston, home of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox and the 2007 SND Workshop!

Despite yet another raging storm – that’s three in a row at major SND events, if you’re keeping track – the board met on Saturday and here are some of the highlights:

First of all, it’s this blog entry!
The board members are going to start publicizing more events and happenings on our SND blog, to get more information out to the entire membership in a much more timely fashion. Each entry will be tagged with a specific region number, if it’s applicable, so you can easily search for just your region if you like.

We also want to hear from you!

If you have questions, comments or ideas, make sure you’re clicking on the “Comments” button below and sharing your thoughts.

Update in PDF format
The board approved a final change in the printing of Update, the 8-times-a-year SND newsletter. We will no longer be printing Update, but will rather release it as a PDF form in our members-only area. Members will receive a link to the PDF via email, where they can either print out Update or simply view it online. This will allow us to save on printing and shipping costs, as well as create a more timely and colorful Update for our members.

New international outreach
The board approved a new cost structure for international members in several countries where an SND membership is simply not realistic for individuals. (Example: The US$105 membership fee is a month’s salary for many designers in Eastern Europe) We will change to corporate memberships in these countries, in the hope that more newspapers will purchase memberships for up to three individuals on one account – creating additional SND members in these under-served countries. A full list of the countries affected by this proposal can be found on this site soon.

New executive committee members
The program directors elected Don Wittekind, our director of New Media + Technology, as their representative to SND’s executive committee. The regional directors elected Matt Erickson, Region 4 director, as their representative. Congratulations to both Don and Matt!

Boston’s ambitious agenda
And most importantly, the board listened enthusiastically to SNDBoston chair Dan Zedek of The Boston Globe run through a fabulous presentation on the upcoming Fall workshop. Dan and his crew, including co-chair Kristin Lenz from the Hartford Courant, have assembled one heck of a creative – and unique – speaker lineup for Boston (and see Matt’s post on how much more online visual journalism we’ll be covering this year).

It’ll be a very engaging, intriguing and educational weekend – and after touring the Park Plaza and the opening reception site, Felt, we know it will be a great time as well!

Thank you so much to Dan, Kristin and the ever-growing staff of volunteers from New England for the workshop. Let the countdown begin to Boston ’07!