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Thursday, April 4
 

8:45am

Registration Opens @ Swissotel
Come to the Swissotel, lower level, to pick up your badge. Follow the signs. Coffee will be served.

Thursday April 4, 2019 8:45am - 3:00pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

10:00am

Advancing Your HTML and CSS Skills
Description: As new CSS technologies emerge, editorial designers working on the web now have a pretty comprehensive set of tools to produce quality layout. In this workshop we will take a look into how some CSS tricks can advance your storytelling skills.
 
Who it's for: Digital designers working in the editorial field or generally interested in layout and news.
 
Prior knowledge: Basic HTML and CSS.



Speakers
avatar for Kurt Cunningham

Kurt Cunningham

Co-Founder, Made by Munsters
Kurt Cunningham is the co-founder of Made By Munsters. As a former reporter, Kurt shifted into design and development early in his career. He’s led digital product development for Tampico Beverages, ThinkCERCA, as well as crafting experiences for a number of clients. Kurt is a motivated and adaptive innovative thinker who enjoys... Read More →
avatar for Joey Kirk

Joey Kirk

Co-Founder, Made by Munsters
Joey Kirk is the co-founder of Made By Munsters. By way of journalism, Joey has been leading teams for a decade to design and develop digital experiences for clients, such as ESPN, The Biz Journals, Codecademy, Bloc and the Tribune Company (Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

10:30am

Visualizing Data with D3
Description: D3.js is one of the most powerful data visualization
libraries out there. Newsrooms around the world use it to build both
static and interactive graphics for the web (and for print!). This
workshop will walk you through the fundamental what, why, and how of
using D3 to turn your data into rich visuals with HTML, CSS, and other
acronyms. By the end, you'll have built, broken, and unbroken several
D3 charts. If you have a project in mind, or a dataset you want to
work with, bring it along!

Who is this for: People who've worked on some interactives and web
visualizations and want to take their skills to the next level.

Prior requirements: A working knowledge of HTML and CSS, and some
JavaScript experience (i.e. you should understand the basics of how
functions, variables, loops, and arrays work).

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:30am - 3:30pm
TBA

11:00am

Student Sessions: Organized by the Medill School of Journalism
The day includes:
 
  • An introduction to design thinking by Knight Lab
  • Roundtable discussion with creative directors and product leaders
  • Student portfolio and self-promotion reviews
  • Strategies for landing your first job

Free for all students, whether you are planning to attend other parts of SND Chicago.

Thanks to our sponsors Medill and Tribune Publishing for making this day possible.

Lunch: Provided free for all attendees.

Sign-up required: You must fill out this form in advance to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Knight Lab

Knight Lab

Northwestern University
Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces.The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm
Conference Center @ Prudential Plaza 130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

1:00pm

Instagram-ing Chicago: Hands-On Tour with @lulucrezia
Is your Instagram account sluggish? Want to take it to the next level? Learn how to tell compelling stories, and create a strong personal brand on Instagram. This tour is designed to inspire you and help you develop your own style while avoiding common mistakes.

Attendees will need an iPhone, or an iPad, and a digital camera (optional). Protip: Have your Instagram account set up ahead of time and be ready to for some fresh air in Chicago — the session will include a one-hour insta-walk with Lucie Lacava (@lulucrezia).

You will meet at the Sheraton Grand Chicago lobby to begin. 

Speakers
avatar for Lucie Lacava

Lucie Lacava

Founder, Lacava Design
Lucie held held the position of Art Editor at the the Montreal Gazette before founding her company Lacava Design Inc. in 1992. Lacava’s body of work includes more than 100 print and digital projects across Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, the UAE, and South East... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 3:15pm

1:15pm

Becoming a Better Art Director
Hands-on workshop:  So you want to be a more effective art director? One who's really in tune with the illustrators you art direct, the reporters you partner with and the readers you serve? One who knows how to sell a high concept to the higher-ups? Then have we got a session for you! Join us for a roundtable of tips and techniques from several successful art directors and illustrators — capped off by a hands-on exercise designed to teach the intricacies of concept, collaboration and communication.

Speakers
avatar for David Kordalski

David Kordalski

Creative Director, Crain's
In his 30-plus years as a visual journalist, David Kordalski has worked at papers large and small, always championing one common goal: Serve readers' needs first and foremost.He’s currently the Creative Director for Crain’s Cleveland and Crain’s Detroit Business. He spent 16... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:15pm - 4:00pm

1:30pm

Fail Fast to Succeed Sooner: Design, Prototype and User Test with Adobe XD
The sooner you test and learn, the sooner you can iterate and achieve success. Learn how to design, prototype, and user test a modern iOS 11 application with Adobe XD, using Photoshop for complex editing and Illustrator for precise, pixel-perfect icons. Start with high-fidelity designs, apply industry best practices, and use powerful user interface kits to speed up your design. Switch to Prototyping mode to create interactions and define the best flow. Then wrap up with user testing.

We take you on a journey that will empower you to:
  • Design a modern mobile app for iOS 11
  • Create a fully working prototype on your iOS device
  • Share a web link to collect feedback and iterate
  • Manage colors and typography, and bring in images from Photoshop and icons from Illustrator
  • Run user testing sessions on your device to learn fast

No coding experience is necessary to enjoy this class. Any designer with basic experience using Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign will be prepared to start prototyping mobile apps.


Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL, USA

2:00pm

Becoming a Better Photo Editor
We will look at ways anyone selecting images for publication can improve, coaching in a hands-on dialogue with several examples and exercises.

This session will be led by Akili-Casundria Ramsess and members of the National Press Photographers Association

Speakers
avatar for NPPA

NPPA

National Press Photographers Association
The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution – in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists. Our organization... Read More →
avatar for Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Executive Director, NPPA
Akili Ramsess became the current Executive Director of NPPA in April 2016. After serving as Director of Photography with the Orlando Sentinel from 2007 through 2011, Akili returned to her family home in the Atlanta area where she continues as an independent photographer, contract photo editor and multimedia producer.Prior to the Sentinel... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

2:00pm

Immersive Computing for Journalism: Designing for AR and VR
Limited Capacity seats available

Immersive computing technologies offer unique storytelling challenges and opportunities for designers. What kinds of stories lend themselves to AR or VR treatment? How do we help viewers know what’s important in an environment where they control the camera? What can we do to build experiences that are safe and accessible for our audiences?

This session will highlight some of the lessons learned from 3 years of AR/VR experimentation at Knight Lab. We’ll also discuss practical tools for getting started and end with a hands-on mobile AR prototyping exercise so you can start integrating immersive media into your design practice right away.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Poulson

Rebecca Poulson

Knight Lab
Rebecca Poulson is the Technical Program Manager for Emerging Platforms at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab. Her career experience includes professional theater and software engineering and she will gladly tell you how she uses her art history degree every day. In addition to leading AR/VR projects... Read More →


Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

6:00pm

Opening Party @ Chicago Cultural Center — Honoring the Best of News Design
Welcome to Chicago!

Eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow design and news nerds at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate the World's Best. We're bringing in Lost Lake to handle the drinks and food. Also on hand will be the winners of SND's annual creative competitions.

The evening will honor the annual Best of News Design awards, with medal winners in digital and print. The SND Digital judging has just concluded: See the medal winners here.  The print judging happens next week in Florida, so stay tuned to snd.org for information and winners.

The night concludes with the presentation of World's Best experiences and publications.

Speaking of best, Lost Lake was recently named the Best American Cocktail Bar and is on the 2018 list of the World’s 50 Best Cocktail Bars. It was also one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America (2017).

You must be registered for the Workshop to attend this event. If you'd like to bring other friends, individual tickets to the opening party can be purchased at the door.

Thursday April 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
 
Friday, April 5
 

7:15am

Yoga for Early Risers
Limited Capacity seats available

Begin your Friday with this 60-minute, all-levels heated vinyasa flow at CorePower Yoga led by Aly Morris, SND's Vice President and CPY instructor. This early-morning, energizing sequence will help you get in touch with your creative truth, on and off the mat as well as recognize the mindful connection between your movements and your breath.

Mat and towel rentals are available for $2 each. 

Friday April 5, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
CorePower Yoga 227 E Ontario St #202, Chicago, IL 60611

8:00am

Registration and Coffee @ Swissotel
Come to the Swissotel, lower level, to pick up your badge. Coffee will be served. 

Friday April 5, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

9:00am

Welcome to SND Chicago!
Brief remarks from Society for News Design President Paige K. Connor to kick off the day's events. 

Speakers
avatar for Paige Connor

Paige Connor

Vice President, Strategic Design, agencyQ
Paige Connor is the current president of The Society for News Design. Paige is also an award-winning senior design and strategy professional with more than 15 years of print, digital design and strategic innovation experience. As VP of Strategic Design, Paige leads the user centered... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

9:15am

Designing Change in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Norman Pearlstine
On his first day as the owner of The Los Angeles Times in June of 2018, the billionaire biotech executive Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, hoping to bring stability to a newsroom bruised in recent years by steep staffing cuts and tumultuous leadership changes, named Norman Pearlstine as the newspaper’s top editor. 

What has happened since has been a remarkable period of hiring and growth — and, yes, reinvention. In a conversation with Bryan Monroe, Pearlstine talks about what's happening in Los Angeles, and why it's so important to design the change you hope to see.



Speakers
avatar for Bryan Monroe

Bryan Monroe

Verizon Chair, Temple University
Bryan Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication (SMC). Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington editor, Opinion & Commentary at CNN and editor of CNNPolitics.com. His work at that network included editorial... Read More →
avatar for Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times
Norman Pearlstine is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as vice chairman of Time Inc., where he was charged with seeking growth opportunities for the company’s brands and content. Prior to that he was chief content officer... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

10:30am

Designing for Digital Audience Loyalty
Find out what the Chicago Tribune is doing to design for digital audiences and build subscriber loyalty. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Berlin

Jonathon Berlin

Graphics Editor, Chicago Tribune
Jonathon Berlin is graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and Columbia College where he’s taught infographics, data visualization and human-centered design. Jonathon was president of the Society for News Design in 2012... Read More →
avatar for Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor

Managing Editor, Audience, Chicago Tribune
Christine Taylor joined the Chicago Tribune in the new role of managing editor, audience in 2018. She is a digital innovator and dynamic leader who is helping the Tribune think in new ways about its journalism and reach.  She previously served as the head of digital publishing for... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

10:30am

Responsive Storytelling on Every Screen
At The Washington Post, visual journalists are developing new ways to tell stories, from long term enterprise projects to daily breaking news. To do this, they have taken ownership over new technologies and platforms while actively collaborating with the entire newsroom. We’ll take you through how some of our favorite projects came to life and how you can bring the same collaborative, visual spirit into your newsroom.



Speakers
avatar for Matthew Callahan

Matthew Callahan

Design Editor, The Washington Post
Matthew Callahan is a design editor at The Washington Post. He is part of a management team overseeing The Post's print and digital design. His focus is telling multimedia driven stories online. Most recently Matt led The Post's launch of AMP Stories.
avatar for Danielle Rindler

Danielle Rindler

Graphics Assignment Editor, The Washington Post
Danielle Rindler is a graphics assignment editor at The Washington Post, where she focuses on creating immersive, multimedia storytelling. During her 5 years at the Post, she has played a crucial role in coordinating, developing, designing and publishing some of the newsroom’s most... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

10:30am

The Chicago School: Graphics & Social Justice
Their work connects journalism, data, and social issues. See the ways American Public Media, the Chicago Tribune, Injustice Watch and ProPublica Illinois tell stories that explain in ways meant to provoke change. 

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Hing

Geoff Hing

Data reporter, American Public Media
Geoff Hing is a Chicago-based journalist and cultural worker who specializes in programmatic data exploration and visualization. He has worked with NPR, City Bureau, The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune and OpenElections.
avatar for David Eads

David Eads

ProPublica Illinois
David Eads is a news applications developer at ProPublica Illinois, where he combines journalism with software development. Ever since he built the website for his high school newspaper in 1996, Eads knew he wanted to work at the intersection of media and technology. He moved to Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Smith Richards

Jennifer Smith Richards

Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Smith Richards has been a data reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 2015. Smith Richards previously covered schools and education for more than a decade at newspapers in Huntington, W.Va.; Utica, N.Y.; Savannah, Ga.; and Columbus, Ohio. Her work has touched on everything... Read More →
avatar for Rick Tulsky

Rick Tulsky

Co-Founder, Injustice Watch
Rick Tulsky, the co-founder and co-editor of Injustice Watch, developed a sense of the power of exposing social wrongs as a young reporter at the Jackson, Ms., Clarion Ledger; and has retained his dedication to that work at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and the Center for Investigative Reporting... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

11:45am

Lunch Break (on your own)
Lunch break on your own

Friday April 5, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Various

11:45am

Portfolio Reviews: SND & NPPA Professionals Critique Your Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Portfolio reviews in partnership with NPPA. 

Bring your laptop (or old-fashioned hard copies) to show your work. Best for design and photography attendees. Please reserve a spot by adding this to your schedule. 

Our lineup of reviewers will be posted soon.


Friday April 5, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

1:00pm

A Design System for Responsible Publishing
We, the people of media, often talk about how we want to — need to — regain trust. We tend to forget sometimes that responsibility is how you get there. It’s a major pit stop.

We’ve spent so many years designing for an emotional response. The time to design for responsibility is here. The idea is to build a design system for responsibility. The prediction is that it’s going to happen, one way or another.

The principles of building a design system aren’t new. The system is there to make sure best practices are in place so we don’t reinvent the wheel every time. It’s about having a robust system that incorporates usability principles, standards, a style guide, a pattern library, guidelines, components, usage, and so on. The application of the system doesn’t really matter as long as its philosophical components are in place.

What if we did this with media responsibility — publisher responsibility — as the operating system?


Speakers
avatar for Rishad Patel

Rishad Patel

Co-Founder, The Splice Newsroom
Rishad Patel is a product and design professional. He is the co-founder of Splice Media. For over twenty years, Rishad has designed and developed products for the web, mobile, radio, advertising, newsrooms, newspapers, magazines, podcasting, branding, books, and floor rugs for companies... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

2:00pm

Human-Centered Design for Local News Products
As part of the Local News Initiative, the Knight Lab has been doing human-centered design research to develop a qualitative understanding of existing and underserved local news audiences behaviors and unmet information needs. Check out our first field research on human-centered design for local news products — and come see what else we found and what we’re doing about it.


Speakers
avatar for Knight Lab

Knight Lab

Northwestern University
Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces.The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students... Read More →



Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

2:00pm

Stop Fighting your CMS: Creating a Better Editorial Experience with Gutenberg
For a long time, the ability to create powerful and dynamic web experiences rested in the hands of developers. Even something as simple as adding a call to action in the middle of an article could be a confusing process.

The recent release of the Gutenberg editor for WordPress, however, blows wide open the capability for editors themselves to create engaging content without needing to rely on unintuitive menus or painful workflows. At this talk, we will look at a few projects built by Upstatement using Gutenberg and discuss both the advantages and challenges of this new editor.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Heller

Jon Heller

Upstatement
Jon Heller is an engineering manager and technical lead at Upstatement, a Boston-based digital studio. He has helped create new digital experiences for companies including PBS Newshour, the Center for Public Integrity, Cornell University, Texas Monthly, Comcast, and Sunoco. In his 15 years of experience on the web, he has worked in industries such a... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

2:45pm

Networking Break @ Swissotel
Join your fellow workshop attendees over snacks at the Swissotel and scope out the jobs we have learned are open since the workshop started.

You can always find recent job postings at snd.org/jobs. We will be working with employers to post positions for which they will be recruiting for in Chicago so attendees can see those before they arrive and plan to make connections.

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:00pm

Projects, Prompts and Process: Exploring the Path of Creativity
Ever feel like this whole “tapping into the creative process” endeavor feels more like a long, slow slog on the struggle bus? Yup — we’re right there with you. We know what it’s like to have the sparkle in our eyes — only to be dimmed by the inner critic we harbor just under the surface. Time to get on with it. During this session, three creatives will talk about their deep dives into their individual and collaborative process projects — Color! Flowers! Doodles! A Prompt Party! They’ll also share with you what they've tried, what has moved them, what they had to let go of and what they hope to continue to do. Note to attendees: A good portion of this session will be about doing / making. We anticipate this session to be very chill, very fun and very much hands-on. No judgment whatsoever. (See  @qme_creative  on Instagram to check out their collaborative prompt project.)

@qme_creative is Sarah Quinn, Suzette Moyer and Julie Elman.

Speakers
avatar for Julie M. Elman

Julie M. Elman

Professor, Ohio University
Julie M. Elman is a professor in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, where she teaches courses in publication design, editorial illustration and the creative process. Before landing at OU in 2005, Elman spent 15 years in the newspaper industry, working as a photojournalist... Read More →
avatar for Suzette Moyer

Suzette Moyer

Design Editor, The Washington Post
Suzette Moyer is a design editor at The Washington Post where she has worked since 2015. At the Post, she helps oversee a department of 25 designers who work on print and digital projects. Previously, she was at the Tampa Bay Times, the Hartford Courant and the Bremerton (Kitsap... Read More →
avatar for Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

R.M. Seaton Chair for Professional Journalism, Kansas State University
A design consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. A former president of SND, she taught visual journalism at The Poynter Institute for more than a decade. Her eyetracking research helps journalists determine the best forms... Read More →



Friday April 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:00pm

Data, Polling and the 2020 Election
After decades of relying on in-person exit polls to help call winners and tell the story of Election Day, the Associated Press debuted a replacement in 2018: VoteCast, a new approach to election research. Developed in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier academic research institutions, VoteCast is designed for an electorate that is voting early, absentee and by mail in greater numbers with each passing election.

Combing innovations in survey methodology with a massive data collection effort, VoteCast offered research on voter attitudes nationally and in all 47 states contesting statewide elections in 2018, including details about the opinions of registered voters who chose not to cast a ballot.

As part of VoteCast, AP also created systems for automating the creation of text and visual content, allowing it to provide an unprecedented level of multi-format state-by-state reporting on “why the winners won” on Election Day.

The AP team that created VoteCast will discuss why they chose to abandon exit polls, their new approach to election polling, how they expanded their visual storytelling and their plans to do more – and enable AP member newsrooms and VoteCast customers to do more – in 2020 and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for David Scott

David Scott

Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press
David Scott is a deputy managing editor at The Associated Press, where he oversees the operations of its global newsroom – including software and technical tools, staffing, budget, outside partnerships and the AP Stylebook. He is also responsible for AP’s polling and survey research... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:00pm

Designing a Conversation
#SNDbots #SNDChicago

Speakers
avatar for Emily Withrow

Emily Withrow

Director, Quartz Bot Studio, Quartz
Emily Withrow is director of the Quartz Bot Studio, where she writes, designs, and builds narrative experiences for voice and chat platforms. Her work examines how people and bots interact, and how we might best reach new audiences and tell compelling stories with these emerging platforms. Prior to joining Quartz, she was a profes... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

4:00pm

Pitchfork: Designing Across Experiences
Pitchfork started more than 20 years ago as one of the web’s first blogs, and since has grown into what is now music’s most trusted voice. With over 10 million monthly unique visitors to their website, they also operate festivals in Chicago and Paris, occasional print publications, a pop-up radio station, and are a part of the Condé Nast family of publications.

While their editorial staff is based in NYC, the design department continues to find its home in Chicago. Joy Zagar leads the visualization and creative vision of the company’s many endeavors, which have led to countless Webbys, The Society of Publication Design’s Brand of the Year award, a National Magazine Award for digital excellence, a spot on Ad Age’s Creativity 50 list, and AIGA’s Corporate Design Leadership Award.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Zagar

Joy Zagar

Design Director, Pitchfork
As Design Director at Pitchfork, a Condé Nast brand devoted to excellence in music journalism and discovery, Joy's responsibilities cover Pitchfork’s entire ecosystem and touch every aspect of the business: leading the team as they visualize the website on a daily basis, functioning as an independent studio... Read More →


Friday April 5, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

5:00pm

The Onion: 200 Years of Headlines
Speakers
avatar for Jordan David LaFlure

Jordan David LaFlure

Managing Editor, The Onion
Jordan David LaFlure is the managing editor of The Onion, the satirical news outlet. 


Friday April 5, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

6:00pm

SND@40: A Celebration of News Design Hosted by SND's President

Join SND President Paige K. Connor and several special guests to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Society for News Design. The first SND workshop happened in 1979 in Chicago — and SND itself was founded the same year. 


Thank you to our generous co-sponsor Crain Communications for helping to make this event possible.

Proceeds from this event benefit the SND Foundation, which provides training grants for visual journalists, university-level scholarshipsstudent travel grants to the SND Annual Workshop, grants to the student designers of the year, and outreach to minority journalists and journalism students at universities with diverse enrollments. The SND Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Contributions to the SND Foundation, including the $50 ticket for this event, are generally tax deductible (in the United States) as charitable donations.

This SND Foundation event requires a $50 ticket, which can be purchased in advance or at the door. Your ticket includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Connor

Paige Connor

Vice President, Strategic Design, agencyQ
Paige Connor is the current president of The Society for News Design. Paige is also an award-winning senior design and strategy professional with more than 15 years of print, digital design and strategic innovation experience. As VP of Strategic Design, Paige leads the user centered... Read More →



Friday April 5, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
 
Saturday, April 6
 

7:30am

Yoga for Early Risers @ Medill
Limited Capacity seats available

60-min all levels power yoga at Medill
(with a limited number of mats provided) 

Saturday April 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

8:30am

Registration and Breakfast @ Swissotel
Come to the Swissotel, lower level, even if you already have your badge for coffee, breakfast snacks and networking. We'll also have coffee and snacks at Medill. 

Saturday April 6, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

9:30am

Designing the Magazine Experience
Four well-respected creative leaders discuss the magazine experience — and what everyone can learn from how magazines approach design. Key questions to investigate include:

  • What's the purpose of a magazine these days? 
  • Are there lessons for other media in what magazines are doing?
  • How do venerable brands reinvent themselves?
  • What role do design and packaging have to play in reimagination?
  • What's the expectation creative leaders have when tackling all this? 


Speakers
avatar for Emmet Smith

Emmet Smith

Creative Director, National Geographic
Emmet Smith is Creative Director for National Geographic Partners. As a senior vice president, he oversees National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, which reach more than 30 million readers each month, as well as National Geographic Books.At National Geographic, Smith leads a team of world-class designers, cartographers and infographics artists in producing a suite of rich visual narratives through in-depth research and reporting, all working in concert with the magazine’s iconic photo department.Under his guidance... Read More →
avatar for Chin Wang

Chin Wang

Creative Director, ESPN
Chin Wang is senior creative director at ESPN, where she leads content design for digital and print, including photography and data visualization. Similarly, she defines the visual identity for ESPN magazine. In 2018, her portfolio expanded to include creative oversight of The Undefeated... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Hutchinson

Joseph Hutchinson

Creative Director, Rolling Stone
Joseph Hutchinson is the Creative Director for Rolling Stone where he oversees design and visuals for print, digital and the brand portfolio. In 2018, Joseph led a major redesign to refresh content strategy, elevate the design, create more impact for photography and evolve the brand.Before joining Rolling Stone, Joseph served as Creative Dir... Read More →
avatar for Tim Ball

Tim Ball

Creative Director, Politico Europe
Tim Ball is Creative Director for Politico Europe. He joined Politico's team in Brussels a few months after its launch in 2015, and is responsible for establishing its identity on the Continent as well as for visuals on all platforms. For the last two years, Politico's print edition has been a finalist for World's Best Designed Newspa... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

10:45am

20 UX Tools and Methods Every Newsroom Can Use
Even under the tightest of deadlines, quality organizations will always make time to perform proper UX research and testing. Chris will uncover a variety of UX tools and methods that you can add to your daily workflow to progressively improve your projects, regardless of the deadlines you are facing.

Speakers
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Chris Courtney

Designer of Designers, New Pragmatic
As four-year-old, Chris Courtney designed and sold his first creations door-to-door in a quest to raise enough capital to purchase a Slurpee from the neighborhood 7-Eleven.A lifelong designer and entrepreneur, Chris has been either leading teams or launching new products at media... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

10:45am

How We Lie (to Ourselves) With Charts
Graphic designers and journalists are taught that "a picture is worth a thousand words", that we should "show, don't tell", and that charts are "intuitive" and useful to "simplify" information. This talk explains why these myths, if taken at face value, are wrong and dangerous, and what we can do to become better readers and designers of charts, maps, and infographics.

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Alberto Cairo

Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, after a career in journalism in Spain, Brazil and the U.S.Cairo was director of infographics at El Mundo online and at Editora Globo. He's now a permanent visualization consultant for entities and companies... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am

10:45am

Powering Up: Speed Conceptual Thinking
A hands-on workshop with productive mental and visual exercises energizes the final day of the conference. Join Deborah Withey and learn how to enhance the abstract part of your brain to take your creative vision from concept to concrete. Experimentation encouraged.

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Deborah Withey

creative + therapeutic arts practitioner, cheese + pickles design studio
Deb is a designer, illustrator, printmaker and educator inspired daily by what she sees and experiences. Deb is widely admired for the incredible storytelling sophistication she has brought to publications large and small, including several World’s Best-Designed Newspapers. She is... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

12:00pm

Lunch Break (on your own)
Saturday April 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

1:00pm

A TribApps Reunion: What We Learned Building the Team
We were a band of programmers who worked in the Chicago Tribune newsroom for a short and glorious time. We helped reporters seek, visualize and publish data. We made things.

How did we make this team work? Join Brian Boyer, Kaitlen Exum, Chris Courtney and Joe Germuska — plus whoever else we round up — to discuss building great teams and making an impact inside organizations. 

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TribApps

Chicago Tribune
Come join our team! You will work closely with other developers, reporters, photographers, designers and editors to create great online journalism and build tools that help the newsroom. This could include wrangling and visualizing data, imagining new ways to tell a story online... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

1:00pm

Designing Your Storytelling Future
Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman started their company SideXSide Studios after working for USA TODAY and The Washington Post. What they learned as journalists informs their narrative stories for clients — from creating a movie, TransMilitary, that originated as an OpDoc in The New York Times to telling brand stories for Starbucks. The pair share lessons about how journalism skills can help you design your own storytelling future. 

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Jamie Coughlin

Executive Producer, SideXSide Studios
Jamie Coughlin is a journalist and creative producer. She is the recipient of a White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, and is a RIAS fellow and a 2017 IFP Documentary Lab Fellow. Coughlin has received funding from the first-ever GLAAD... Read More →
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Gabriel Silverman

Creative Director, SideXSide Studios
Gabriel Silverman is the Creative Director of SideXSide Studios, a production company & video creative agency. Founded and staffed by journalists, SXS specializes in original & commissioned documentary content. Our first feature documentary, TransMilitary, won the Audience Award at SXSW '18 and received critical acclaim. Commercial clients include: Starbucks, Hilton, P&G, HIASSilverman is a journalist who has won more than a dozen awards for his reporting, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative work, a White House News Ph... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

1:00pm

Speaking the Right Language: Designing for Voice
Voice applications present an entirely new field of work that challenges the way we approach design. Expertise in designing visual content for web, print, and mobile apps does not immediately translate to voice. Careful planning of user flows, language, and interactions is required in order to create an engaging and intuitive experience.

Platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Home give us new ways to connect to our audiences when they're not directly tied to a screen. They also let us open up possibilities to make information accessible to those that can't view a screen. It's important to understand what type of content is most meaningful to people within these new contexts.

We'll demonstrate how we choose which content to present in voice apps, how to plan out a successful voice application workflow, and tools that you can use to easily integrate voice with your existing web platforms. Prioritizing testing early in the process is crucial and can be done without any programming. We'll also demonstrate recent voice work for Freer|Sackler, Cooper Hewitt, and People Magazine.


Speakers
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Brad Campeau-Laurion

Chief Strategy Officer, Alley
Brad has led the software development and product teams for top media websites for over a decade. As Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Alley. Brad works on Alley’s most prominent projects and creates technology solutions under tight deadlines. Brad led the New York Post’s monumental rebuild of its website in 2013 and subsequent redesign in 2015, executing two of the largest launches in the history of WordPress. He a... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

2:00pm

What's the Best Way to Tell This Story?
There are more ways than ever, it seems, to communicate. Many days, those of us designing the news spend a lot of time evaluating which tool will work best for the stories we're trying to present and package and help people understand. Is there some sort of short cut to keeping up with evolving tech? (No.) Are there things to try that will make you less crazy? (Yes.)  Are we going to talk about the basis for all good storytelling? (Definitely.) 

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Tonia Cowan

Director of Graphics, The Wall Street Journal
Tonia Cowan is the director of graphics for The Wall Street Journal, where she oversees infographics and multimedia storytelling. She is a 20-year infographic design veteran and has previously worked in the graphics departments at The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

2:45pm

Jobs & Networking Break @ Medill
Join your workshop fellow workshop attendees over snacks at Medill and scope out the jobs we have learned are open since the workshop started.

You can always find recent job postings at snd.org/jobs. We will be working with employers to post positions for which they will be recruiting for in Chicago so attendees can see those before they arrive and plan to make connections.

Saturday April 6, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:15pm

Representation in Photojournalism
Representation in photojournalism is critical because those who control our news imagery control our collective visual narrative. As we have critical conversations around diversity and representation in news, Kainaz Amaria of Vox believes we must we take an equally critical eye to who is making visual decisions — from the photographers behind the camera to the picture editors who assign and shape stories to the engagement teams who promote them on social media. Read her Nieman Lab essay here.

Speakers
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Kainaz Amaria

Visuals Editor, Vox
Kainaz Amaria  (@kainazamaria) is visuals editor for Vox, where she brings together code, graphics, photography, design and storytelling in collaboration with people across the operation.Before Vox,  she was supervising editor for NPR’s Visuals Team. Kainaz was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:30pm

The Inclusion Challenge: Working Toward Solutions
Presented by the National Press Photographers Association

This session, moderated by Akili Ramsess, NPPA's executive director, is for all visual storytellers, photojournalists, multimedia journalists, online journalists, freelancers—everyone in the business.

Visual leaders discuss how some organizations are working on ways to solve the inclusion challenge, especially with the under-representation of women and people of color in photojournalism. See the appalling stats in this Vox piece by Kainaz Amaria. 

Conversations around diversity are overdue.

Our panelists will offer solutions-based advice in the following areas:

  • Building diverse in-house teams
  • Hiring diverse freelancers
  • Assigning for inclusion
  • Coaching visual journalist in new ways of seeing
  • Making publishing decisions with these considerations
  • Promoting stories in inclusive ways

Please join us for this important conversation.




Speakers
avatar for Kainaz Amaria

Kainaz Amaria

Visuals Editor, Vox
Kainaz Amaria  (@kainazamaria) is visuals editor for Vox, where she brings together code, graphics, photography, design and storytelling in collaboration with people across the operation.Before Vox,  she was supervising editor for NPR’s Visuals Team. Kainaz was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai... Read More →
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Nicole Frugé

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
Nicole Frugé became the Director of Photography for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2016. She takes a documentary photography approach to better understand the people directly affected by current events and public policy. Before photo editing, she spent 10 years working as a staff... Read More →
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Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Executive Director, NPPA
Akili Ramsess became the current Executive Director of NPPA in April 2016. After serving as Director of Photography with the Orlando Sentinel from 2007 through 2011, Akili returned to her family home in the Atlanta area where she continues as an independent photographer, contract photo editor and multimedia producer.Prior to the Sentinel... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

4:30pm

Final Thoughts: Do Great Work With Great People
The future of media is people first. To create the best products, we have to put collaboration, communication, and community first. We have to be real about getting rid of silos and toxic cultures to build cross-functional teams that support each other and have the tools, trust, and resources to do great work. Empowering teams is not just a path forward, it is the path forward. Let's spark together.

#SNDChicago


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Yuri Victor

Senior Director, Innovation, Los Angeles Times
Yuri Victor is a Los Angeles based creative with a decade of experience empowering teams in the biggest media companies.After rebuilding The Washington Post technology from the ground up to create some of the most innovative journalism products ever built, I left to join the fou... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

5:30pm

Closing Credits @ Swissotel
Join attendees for cocktails at the end of SND Chicago. 

Saturday April 6, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA