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Thursday, April 4

8:45am CDT

Registration Opens @ Swissotel
Come to the Swissotel, lower level, to pick up your badge. Follow the signs. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served. Welcome to Chicago! 

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

10:00am CDT

Advancing Your HTML and CSS Skills
Limited Capacity filling up

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.

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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 →
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Joey Kirk

CEO + 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 →

10:00am CDT

The Type Workshop: Sponsored by Font Bureau
Limited Capacity seats available

A unique aspect of this day-long workshop is that the session leaders will work on your projects. Bring a current idea and they will help you workshop it in the afternoon. Need a view on your brand refresh? Have a new section you’re launching? Interested in extending your type to other platforms? Whatever you are thinking about doing, take the opportunity to get solid advice and direction from these distinguished type experts. Read more about what to expect here.

Sponsored by Font Bureau


10:00 Introductions
10:10   Headline schedules. What we can learn from the 20th century.
10:30   Local = Brand. Why special typography for news publications matters.
10:50   How you can use variable fonts nowPractical tips, fonts and links.
11:10   Unsolicited Redesigns. NYT, WP, LAT.
11:30   Typography in a cross-platform world.

11:50    The Crit: Participants bring type projects* for review by the leaders.
With general discussion. If you don’t bring them, we will grab them off the web
and do instant redesigns.

12:30  Lunch: Provided by Google Fonts

2:00     The Workshop: Participants collaborate with Eduardo, Lucas and Roger for one-on-one sessions on specific projects. Presentations to follow (around 4:00) for open feedback.

* Bring your laptop.

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Roger Black

Since the weekly “LA” in 1972, Roger Black has been chief art director or consultant for publications including Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Esquire. While continuing to work on publications, he’s on the board at Type Network, distributor of ty... Read More →
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Lucas Czarnecki

Digital Editor, TYPE
Lucas Czarnecki is a typographer and educator. After teaching the first-ever course on Typography and Graphic Design at the University of Virginia, Lucas became a letterpress printer at the Virginia Art of the Book Center, home to the largest collection of moveable type in Virginia. He founded the Charlottesville Design Week, Virginia’s first design festival, and Type365, a typography blog read by thousands... Read More →
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Eduardo Danilo

CEO & Creative Director, Danilo Design Group
Designer, Typographer, Art Director, Information Architect, Technologist, Business Professional. Eduardo Danilo is CEO & Creative Director @ Danilo Design Group

11:00am CDT

Student Sessions: Organized by Medill and Tribune Design & Production Studio
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The day includes:

11:00am–11:15am Welcome!

11:15am–2:15pm An introduction to design thinking by Knight Lab (with working lunch)

2:30pm–3:15pm Panel discussion: Strategies for landing your first job with creative directors and product leaders

3:15pm-4:00pm Portfolio reviews

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

Thanks to our sponsor Tribune Design & Production Studio for making this day possible.

Lunch: Provided free for all attendees.

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

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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 →

1:00pm CDT

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 Swissotel by the SND Chicago registration area to begin. 

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Lucie Lacava

Founder, Lacava Design
Lucie held the position of Art Editor at 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 Asia.In... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Fail Fast to Succeed Sooner: Design, Prototype and User Test with Adobe XD
Limited Capacity filling up

The sooner you can see your designs in action, the sooner you can iterate and achieve success. Learn how to design, prototype, and user test an app with Adobe XD. We'll start with high-fidelity designs, apply industry best practices, and use powerful user interface kits to speed up your design. Then, we'll switch to Prototyping mode to create interactions and define the best flow to follow.
In this workshop you'll learn how to:
  • Design a modern mobile app
  • 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.

We’re excited you’re coming to this session. Please remember to bring your computer and download the latest version of XD before you arrive.

You can access a free version of the product through this link. The workshop is going to be hands-on so this will help us all be ready to do more.

Looking forward to meeting you on Thursday!

Val Head

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Val Head

Adobe XD Evangelist, Adobe
Val Head is the author of Designing Interface Animation and a design advocate at Adobe. ... Read More →

2:00pm CDT

Immersive Computing for Journalism: Designing for AR and VR
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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.

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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 CDT
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

2:30pm CDT

Becoming a Better Photo Editor
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will look at ways anyone selecting images for publication can improve, coaching in a hands-on dialogue with several examples and exercises. Think about how — and where — you use images. What's best in a given situation — in print, on a site or a table or on social? What does effective cropping feel like across so many platforms? We will work through ideas together. 

This session will be led by Akili-Casundria Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association

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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 →
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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 →

6:00pm CDT

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

Eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow design friends at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate the World's Best. The evening will honor the annual Best of News Design awards, with medal winners in digital and print called to the stage — and we'll reveal the World's Best winners.

We will also salute the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Susan Mango Curtis and Tim Harrower, whose memorable body of work that has influenced decades of designers.

The SND Digital judging has just concluded: See the medal winners here.  There are six finalists for World's Best-Designed in Digital.  They are:

  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Lily
  • The Marshall Project
  • The New York Times
  • The Pudding
  • Reuters

The print judging has also concluded and medal winners have been announced. National Geographic was awarded Best in Show for digital and print integration for Katie's New Face. Please see snd.org for information on other winners.

Judges selected 10 finalists for World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper. They are:

  • La Nación (Argentina)
  • Politico (Belgium)
  • Die Zeit (Germany)
  • La Repubblica (Italy)
  • El Comercio (Peru)
  • The Guardian (United Kingdom)
  • The Sunday Times (United Kingdom)
  • Memphis Business Journal (United States)
  • The New York Times (United States)
  • The Villages Daily Sun (United States)

Capping off the evening will be the presentation of World's Best experiences and publications from the finalists that have been announced.

Speaking of best, we're bringing in Lost Lake to handle the drinks and food. 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 do not have to be registered for the Annual Workshop to attend this Best of News Design event. If you are, however, your ticket price is included in your registration. Individual tickets to the party can be purchased for $75 here.

Thanks to our sponsors ACBJ and Tribune Design & Production Studio for making this evening possible.

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

7:15am CDT

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 CDT
CorePower Yoga 227 E Ontario St #202, Chicago, IL 60611

8:00am CDT

Registration & Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times
Come to the Swissotel, lower level, to pick up your badge and get ready for the first day of speakers and sessions. Continental breakfast will be served, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

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

8:45am CDT

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

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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 →

9:00am CDT

Designing Change in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Norm 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.

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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 →
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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 →

10:00am CDT

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.

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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.
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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 →

10:45am CDT

That Sounds Triptych -- How Data Doesn’t Always Tell the Whole Story
The same story told from different perspectives often leaves us asking: what's the truth? Data Scientist Chris Kucharcyzk was tasked by the ACLU to analyze the 2.5 million traffic stops which occur in Illinois every year in search of evidence of discriminatory practices by police. Join us as Chris takes us through three interpretations of this data and its “truths” that make us ask a different question --what might a collaborative story look like?

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Chris Kucharcyzk

Data Scientist, IDEO
Chris is a Data Scientist at IDEO Chicago, where he is passionate about exploring how people interact with data and designing tools that facilitate those interactions. Prior to joining IDEO, Chris received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology... Read More →

10:45am CDT

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. 

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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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

10:45am CDT

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.

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Jon Heller

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 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

11:45am CDT

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

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

12:00pm CDT

Portfolio Reviews: SND & NPPA Professionals Critique Your Work — Sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism.
Limited Capacity filling up

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 includes:

  • GW Babb, Director of Design, GateHouse Media, Center for News & Design
  • Paige K. Connor, SND President and Vice President, Agency Q
  • Tonia Cowan, Director of Graphics, The Wall Street Journal
  • Steve Dorsey, VP News Performance & Partnerships, GateHouse Media, Center for News & Design
  • Joe Greco, Print Production Manager, Tribune Design & Production Studio
  • David Kordalski, Creative Director, Crain’s Cleveland and Crain’s Detroit Business
  • Greg Manifold, Design Director, The Washington Post
  • Akili Ramsess, Executive Director, National Press Photographers Association
  • Deborah Withey, Artist, Illustrator and Designer

Thanks to generous support from the Missouri School of Journalism

1:00pm CDT

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?

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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 →

2:00pm CDT

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

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Jonathon Berlin

Data and 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 →
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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 →

2:00pm CDT

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.

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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 →

2:45pm CDT

Networking Break @ Swissotel — Sponsored by GateHouse Media
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.

Sponsored by GateHouse Media, Center for News & Design

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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 - 3:40pm CDT
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

3:00pm CDT

Designing a Conversation
#SNDbots #SNDChicago

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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 →

3:00pm CDT

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, these 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.

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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 →
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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 →

4:00pm CDT

Telling Stories Through Design
We are thrilled that Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the design team behind the graphic universe of the Harry Potter film series, will speak to #SNDChicago attendees.

They joined forces in 2002 to take up the artistic challenge that was proposed to them: to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter films. Since then they have shared a common artistic passion and have developed the entire graphic style of all the Harry Potter movies. This fruitful and successful collaboration led them to form their own design studio, MinaLima, specializing in graphic design and illustration.

Since finishing their work on the Harry Potter films and founding their studio in 2009, Miraphora and Eduardo have continued their involvement in the Harry Potter franchise through numerous design commissions. They spent two years designing all the graphic elements for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as designing award-winning publications for the brand.

In 2015, MinaLima entered a new chapter of the Wizarding World, designing the graphic props for the first film installment of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and are currently working on the second episode. The studio has also created graphic props for films such as Sweeney Todd (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and The Imitation Game (2014) and designed the bestselling books Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast.

Their latest venture is the launch of a dedicated MinaLima gallery and store, showcasing their entire treasury of graphic works. House of MinaLima seeks to create an experiential space, celebrating the idiosyncrasies of their work for the Harry Potter franchise as well as their own creations.

MinaLima Work

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Miraphora Mina & Eduardo Lima

Miraphora Mina graduated in Theatre Design from London’s Central Saint Martins Schoolvof Art and Design in 1987. Eduardo Lima graduated in 1997 in Visual Communicationsvfrom Pontifical Universidad e Catolica, Riovde Janeiro.They joined forces in 2002 to take up the artistic challenge... Read More →

5:15pm CDT

The Onion: 200 Years of Headlines
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Jimmy Hasse

Creative Director for Editorial Art, The Onion
Jimmy Hasse is the Creative Director for Editorial Art at The Onion. He leads a talented team of illustrators and designers that capture visual history on a daily basis in service to The Onion's world-class journalism.
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Jordan David LaFlure

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

7:00pm CDT

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-sponsors Crain Communications and Hoefler & Co. 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.

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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 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

9:00pm CDT

SND Late Night Karaoke
It’s the annual workshop— and that means it’s time for SND Foundation Late-Night Karaoke at #SNDChicago. The fun starts at 9 p.m. on April 5 at the Mayfair Room, which opens onto a terrace that overlooks the Chicago River, inside the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Every year we raise a fair amount of money from the people who come to the annual workshop to benefit the work of SNDF. We will charge a $5 donation fee at the door, with all proceeds going to the SND Foundation. If you’re already coming to SND@40, you are already in for karaoke, which happens in the same room. The $5 entry fee means we bring in more money to the Foundation while also allowing Chicago attendees the chance to mix and mingle with no pressure to sing.  If you do not want to sing, we will never make you. Come for the camaraderie.

We also expand the fun so you can play along at home. You can contribute money to the SND Foundation and challenge your friends and colleagues to perform songs. Just visit our donation site here. Make a pledge. Then send a tweet with your song request to @sndkaraoke. We’ll be sharing the performances and photos through Twitter and online.

This year, our goal is to raise $6,000 to fund the SND Foundation program that provides travel grants for students to the SND Annual Workshop. We just announced the recipients for this year in Chicago if you want to meet the talented people who benefit from these grants.

The Foundation also provides grants to the student designers of the year, outreach to minority journalists and journalism students at universities with large minority enrollments, and provides research grants for projects on the future of journalism developed in partnership with other journalism organizations.


Friday April 5, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Saturday, April 6

7:30am CDT

Yoga for Early Risers
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Saturday April 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CDT
Alpine II — Swissotel 323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

8:30am CDT

9:30am CDT

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? 

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 three years, Politico's print edition has been a finalist for World's Best Designed News... Read More →

10:45am CDT

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 →

10:45am CDT

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 →

12:00pm CDT

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.

A light lunch will be served.

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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 →

12:00pm CDT

Breaking Boundaries—How to Generate Fresh Ideas Through Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Creativity plays a huge role in the news business, but it's often underutilized. A secret is multidisciplinary collaboration. When and how does multidisciplinary collaboration work well -.and what are its pitfalls? Former journalist Ilan Brat, who works at a world-renowned design and innovation company, IDEO, shares what he's learned from design that can be practically applied to the distinct world of news media and journalism.

A complimentary lunch buffet will be provided.

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Ilan Brat

Senior Designer, IDEO
Ilan Brat was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal for 10 years in the US and Spain who covered everything from industrial manufacturing in the Midwest to the macroeconomic banking crisis in Spain. He thought he was making a big career change by switching into the world of design... Read More →

1:00pm CDT

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 →

1:00pm CDT

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.

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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 →

2:00pm CDT

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 →

2:45pm CDT

Jobs & Networking Break @ Swissotel - Sponsored by GateHouse Media
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.

Sponsored by GateHouse Media, Center for News & Design

Saturday April 6, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm CDT
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

3:15pm CDT

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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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 →

3:15pm CDT

The Inclusion Challenge in Photojournalism: Working Toward Solutions
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, we must 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.

This session s 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 and read her Nieman Lab essay here.

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 — moderated by Troy Griggs of The New York Times.

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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 →
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Nicole Frugé

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
Nicole Frugé is the Director of Photography for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she leads one of the most diverse metro photo staffs in the nation. Frugé was named the Jim Gordon Photo Editor of the Year in 2019, Photo Editor of the Year in 2018 and the Chronicle's photo editors... 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 →
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Troy Griggs

Assistant Editor (Graphics), The New York Times
Troy Griggs is an assistant editor on the New York Times Graphics team. He previously worked as a special projects editor for The Guardian Visuals team in London. Before that, he worked at The Times in a number of roles, including as a designer and developer on the digital news design... Read More →

4:10pm CDT

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.

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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 →

5:00pm CDT

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.

Beer and wine will be served in the session, courtesy of Commercial Type.

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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 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Swissotel Chicago 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

5:45pm CDT

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

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