SND & Becky: What I Learned This Weekend

Two weekends ago, during our time at Drumlins, I explored news design in a way that I never really thought I’d get the opportunity to. As a magazine major, my interest is more in the glossy and “luxurious” print magazines, but I learned about myself in recognizing the importance of news. It means so much, and to everyone; whereas magazines are very much niche. I’m not sure which I like better now that I’ve experienced news design, but I recognize their differences.

Most of the conversations I had with the judges were about the camaraderie between everyone at SND, which was awesome to hear. It seemed like a reunion of a bunch of friends. It was also cool to meet people from so many different places—from London to Oregon to Washington D.C. That’s the cool thing about working in news. Magazines are pretty much concentrated in a few major metropolises, but with news, you get the opportunity to go somewhere different.

It was crazy to watch them judge, just because to me it felt like it happened so fast! (With the exception of the start in the visuals room, which was a bit slow the first day.) They seem to be making snap decisions, whereas I would be scared to vote down a publication that could actually be argued for as being really successful. I guess that’s part of their expertise.

Although photography and design have certainly come a long way since the start, it seems that the general principles, particularly of photography, are still very much innate in the work that the SND judges do. I heard some of the basic photography terminology used during medal discussions, which I thought was really interesting.

The whole weekend and its “numbers” sort of blew my mind. This competition, which I had never heard of until this class, holds a ton of weight in the world of news design and in the lives of the judges and facilitators at SND. It’s pretty cool that this was something we got to be a part of.

The Scavenger Hunt

1. Humor, from

1. Humor

I thought this was really funny. It’s unexpected. To be honest, I’m not even sure what this story was about (pretty sure it was a foreign language paper) but the humor comes through anyway, a least for me. So that’s why I chose it.

2. Most compelling photo I saw

2. Most compelling photo I saw—Washington Post

This beautiful photograph won a medal (silver or gold?)—I remember because there was a lengthy and informative metal discussion about this photo. The light coming through the stained glass, the framing of the boys playing outside the church. The whole thing tells this awesome and compelling story.

3. Looking back through my photos, it seems I didn’t want to find any examples of bad thinking! I remember thinking that clutter=unsuccessful.

4. Innovative thinking

4. Innovative thinking

I think this is so smart! I just love the simplistic look of this. I can’t remember if it went up for a medal discussion or only received an award of excellence. But I consider this innovative thinking because although a circular photograph isn’t necessarily ingenious, making the text also wrap as a circle I think is so smart. It just looks great.

5. Lucille Umali from Oman.

6. The best thing I ate

6. The best thing I ate

Steak dinner on the first night! Delicious. I loved this salad.

7. Best magazine cover I saw

7. Best magazine cover I saw

Metropoli had a ton of amazing covers come out on the last day. This one made me do a double take every time I looked at it. I think it’s awesome.

8. Wild Card

8. Wild Card

Another extremely compelling photo. A moment is caught here, impeccably.

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9. An awesome photo illustration

There was a fair amount of coverage of Robin Williams’ death, but I thought this was a really interesting and unique way to depict it.

10. Favorite foreign language paper—Times of Oman! They consistently had fantastic designs out on the table.

11. A trend I noticed—repetition.

12. Best headline

12. Best headline

This made me laugh. As a writer, I’m compelled to read this piece.

13. Lizzie Hart! Not a classmate when it comes to this class, although we do take COM law together. I didn’t get a photo of her.

14. Iconic SND scene

14. Iconic SND scene

15 !

15 !

 

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