Business Blitz, an exciting new one-day educational workshop, is designed to offer a variety of topics to help freelance photographers enhance their technical skills while building a profitable, sustainable business.
Note: Advance registration is required.
This hands-on workshop will take you from soup-to-nuts in data manipulation and graphics visualization. It'll start off teaching where to find public data, how to clean, organize and prepare it, including some Excel training, then you'll experiment with various tools and best practices for data visualization working with examples on your computer through the workshop. Required for participation: You must register for this pre-conference workshop ahead of time (it's not included in the conference registration), also bring your own laptop with Microsoft Excel installed.
This workshop is conducted in partnership with the Investigative Reporters & Editors.
We’re excited to offer a full day of free student training before the conference on Thursday, Sept. 29, thanks largely to the help of Jenifer George-Palilonis and our awesome team of panelists. There’s no fee for the workshop and no registration needed, just come join the party!
Tyson Evans, New York Times
Ryan Mark, Chicago Tribune
Miranda Mulligan, Boston Globe
Mike Swartz, Upstatement
Yuri Victor, San Diego Union-Tribune
Jennifer George-Palilonis, Ball State University
Translate your design skills to the Web by understanding the essential building blocks. In this two-day course we’ll demystify the Web 2.0 toolbox and help you build a compelling, news-driven package from scratch. We will focus on HTML/CSS (the foundation of the Web) and integrating widgets from Google, Twitter, Flickr and more. Flash will be discussed, but the focus is on the other 90% of tools that foster online storytelling—and strategies for getting stuff done. This course is a good fit for anyone at the beginner level (and print designers looking to transition, in particular), so no worries if and
are new ideas. Intermediate users are also welcome—a spectrum of topics will be covered and we can work one-on-one with you. Required for participation: You must register for this pre-conference workshop ahead of time (it's not included in the conference registration), also bring your own laptop.
The opening reception will feature light snacks, drinks and one of the most amazing places on earth, The City Museum. This gem may sound boring from the name but is an artist's jungle gym, recycled junkyard, and retro playground sure to dazzle and amaze you. There's a 10-story slide, the worlds largest pencil, a retro arcade, a log cabin bar, a ball pit, an airplane fuselage, an aquarium, a series of underground caves and much much more. ... It's like no place on earth!
Want to keep readers happy? You gotta be unpredictable. Provocative. And a lot cleverer.
In short: more fun.
Now, in many newsrooms, “fun” is a four-letter word. We’ve gotten too grim, too grumpy, too screwed into ruts. But you can revive the ol’ mojo with “FUN 101,” an entertaining tour of time-tested techniques for adding wit and zazz to page designs.
More zazz, less zzz-zzz. That’s our motto.
We’ll analyze hundreds of swipeable examples: classic covers from National Lampoon and Mad magazine. Legendary layouts from the Asbury Park Press. Interactive pages that will make you say “Wow!” Unusual headlines that will make you say “Huh???” And some tasteless vulgarity and nudity that will make you say, “Hmmm . . . . . this requires closer inspection.”
Which is why we’ll make CDs of the entire speech available to those who remain to the bitter end.
by butch ward
Helping the members of your staff do their best work is even more challenging in these uncertain times. That’s why, especially in times of great change, it’s important to sharpen some basic tools for effective leadership. Join Poynter’s Butch Ward for an interactive session on how the best bosses help their staffs survive, improve and do work that matters, even in perilous times like these.
What we know about mobile users — maybe: Regina McCombs will synthesize the research on mobile from Nielsen, Pew, comScore, Google, RJI and a host of other studies to sort through what’s holding up over time and what’s contradictory. Roger Fidler will also release the latest survey results from the DPA's iPad/Tablet Research Project. His summer survey is the first to track user behaviors and news consumption trends on the iPad as well as all other comparable media tablets worldwide.
Shrinking newsrooms. Voracious web demand. Today’s graphics staffs are often expected to produce more content to spread across multiple platforms, while faced with shrinking staffs. This session examines ways to maximize a department’s impact and ability to react to news events. This will party be an idea-sharing session, so bring your own ideas!
by Qingjun Zhang
Qingjun Zhang, winner of a rare SND Gold Medal for his design work on the Chinese Tiger calendar package, will be discussing, “The state and the trend of Chinese ‘serious’ Newspapers and the Golden Tiger” including his Gold Medal project.
A frank and open moderated panel discussion with leaders from around the country about mobile and tablet news products and what we've learned so far. This will offer best practices, anecdotes, tips and tricks, successes and failures sharing what we've learned about reader habits, platforms, app store approval, marketing your mobile content, staffing and production strategies. Speakers: Chris Courtney, Ray Marcano, Steve Yelvington
This session will discuss how teachers and life-long learners can stay up to speed on the most recent technological developments and their applications to journalism. Especially focused on balancing limited budgets, limited time, curriculum restraints and approval processes, this session will discuss how do you prepare students for the future technology while balancing the important journalism skills. Also, how do you spot the fads and the technology that will really have an impact on the profession what can newsrooms do to partner with or learn from education institutions to keep their staff’s skills up to speed and get the best ROI and organizational plans for their training budgets.
Nicolas Negroponte's 1970s prophecy of "The Daily Me" is now here. Dozens of organizations from traditional media to start-ups are now creating unique, customized tablet news experiences that embrace the tablet as a personalized publishing platform. This session will discuss what has been learned so far, how to design and develop these experiences effectively on tablets -- especially when managing infinite potential content sources -- and what metrics are the best indicators to track and personalize the content. Also find out what pieces of this strategy could you apply to your organization and how can you better format your content to get shared and targeted to interested audiences.
Remember all that stuff you've learned over the past five or ten years about adapting to change?
Well forget it. Every word of it.
If you're willing and capable of adapting to change, then you're not doing it right. Because technology, social media and simple human nature is changing journalism -- and the whole world, for that matter -- much faster than any newspaper; than any modern journalist can follow.
It's not enough to change or to be willing to adapt. You have to be able to reinvent yourself. To remake your entire skill set, your goals, your outlook on your career and on life itself.
If you don't, you may find your world reinvented around you. And if you don't like that world, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.
You've seen visual journalist, consultant and blogger Charles Apple speak about innovative design and graphics. His message to you this time: Your future is bigger than presentation. It's bigger than typography and flash and data visualization. It's bigger than newspapers and it's even bigger than journalism.
The future is bigger than all that. YOU'RE bigger than all that.
You're only limited by the size of your imagination. And by how willing you are to reinvent yourself
by Daudi Msseemmaa, Kevin Wendt, Carol Stark and Brent Fisher
Many natural disasters ravaged the Earth this year but one of the most difficult to prepare -- tornadoes -- repeatedly ripped through the Midwest and South. On this inspiring and informative panel, we'll hear from designers and editors leading papers in those regions about their experiences, see some of their work and learn how to prepare for breaking news, do excellent work and manage in times of disaster.
by Rob King
Rob King, Vice President and Editor in Chief of ESPN Digital Media! King is a pioneer in digital journalism at the ‘king’ of sports on any platform you can imagine from mobile to TV to print magazine to the Web. He will discuss ESPN's multi-platform strategy for news content.
Everything old is new. Rather than an endless streams of news feeds, a ‘new’ digital model is emerging on the tablet: the issue-based experience. Curated, customized, more linear and almost print-like in structure. Three industry pioneers will discuss how The Daily, Reader’s Digest, The Orange County Register and other magazines distribute and produce their issue-based digital content on the iPad. From production and multimedia content strategies to monetization and what they’re learning about their users, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind edition at SND STL.
by Lars Pryds
Newspapers are struggling to survive, cutting costs and staff – and it shows on the pages. Magazines seems to have more room for experiments, and visuals are part of the fight to get and keep readers. Graphic artist and designer Lars Pryds will show and discuss examples of innovative magazine work being done in the Scandinavian countries. Meet among others: the Swedish longwriters, the Finnish porn star, the Norwegian twins, the Danish photo champions – and help answer the question: Will magazines beat the shit out of newspapers? As a bonus – get a short introduction to SNDS Magazine, the ambitious ‘inhouse’ print publication of the Scandinavian branch of SND.
The relationship between reporter and designer is full of pain. Reporters change the stories at the last minute, leaving well-crafted graphics on the cutting floor or unconnected to the narrative. Reporters resist collecting precise enough data for a graphic and don't pay attention to an interactive until it's too late. The data comes in trickles, often incomplete or unsourced. This panel will help you find the sweet spot of working together on long- and short-term projects without forgetting your day job.
Speakers representing both digital and print will share their experiences, inspiration, ideas and suggestions to prepare your organization for reporting and innovating on the 2012 election.
In the last SND annual competition, one thing some of the big winners — from World’s Best “i” in Portugal to the major papers in the United Arab Emirates — had in common was that they employed expats in key visual journalism and/or copy editing positions. If you’ve ever considered an overseas post or are curious about the work being done by expats around the world, this will be a practical look at the potential and the pitfalls, the adventure and the realities of working in a newsroom in a different culture and, sometimes, a different language. See some of the great work being done and hear directly from the people doing that work about their experience as full-time staff members at papers around the world. A brief presentation followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Bill Gaspard. The panelists that will include:
-- Luis Chumpitaz, Information Graphics Director for Al Bayan newspaper and Emirates247.com in Dubai.
-- Adonis Durado, Design Director at The Times of Oman.
-- Matt Martel, Managing Editor, Presentation at The Sydney Morning Herald -- Nick Mrozowski, Creative Director of Adweek magazine
by Josh Clark
Touch, tap, flick, and pinch the news. Touch interfaces, especially on tablets, hold the promise for entirely new media experiences that are both rich and intimate—but only if done right. Discover the rules of thumb for finger-friendly design. Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices, tablets, even the next version of Windows. The challenge: gestures are invisible, without the visual cues offered by buttons and menus. As your touchscreen app sheds buttons, how do people figure out how to use the thing?
Learn to lead your audience by the hand (and fingers) with practical techniques that make invisible gestures obvious and content navigation effortless. Designer Josh Clark (author of O'Reilly books "Tapworthy" and "Best iPhone Apps") mines a variety of surprising sources for interface inspiration, design patterns, and best practices. Along the way, you'll discover practical techniques for nurturing great user experience within the demands of emerging business models for mobile- and tablet-delivered news.
Kick-staring, boot-strapping and entrepreneurship is exploding right now -- there's never been a more exciting time to be creating your own creative media content. Learn how to take an idea, a curiosity, a side project or a personal passion and turn it into a media product that will land you on Jimmy Kimmel Live , taunted by Tosh.0 (any publicity is good publicity, right?) or discussed in newspapers across the country. A menagerie of media-preneurs will discuss their diverse practical experiences on how they turned their passions into 'work' (although it's not work when it's your passion, is it?). The panelists will discuss the nuts and bolts lessons learned, from promotion to grant-writing to finding financial and life balance, and how to do it without losing control of your vision when creating new media, books, film and web ventures.
Sometimes collectively referred to as "HTML5," a set of new tools, frameworks and standards are emerging based on the new HTML5 language standard, which allow content creators and developers to create apps outside of using native programming languages. This session will focus on the technological, design and business benefits and weaknesses for this potent programming platform and how it can be best used for content creators.
How can we give great photojournalism the best possible play, regardless of platform? The foundations of photojournalism stand firm, even as technology changes and new devices appear on the horizon. In this session, we’ll talk about new challenges for editing and fantastic opportunities for photographic storytelling.
The Minority Report is here. Iris scanning mobile devices are used in law enforcement. Interactive touch interfaces. Customized, geo-located and personalized content and ads. If we were making Minority Report 2, what would the next 5-10 years include? The future of mobile, tablets and all media is wide open with these new disruptive platforms, business models and cultural changes. We'll end the mobile and table track with a frank discussion about what the future is looking like, from trends to wild guesses.
by Joe Grimm
Is it who you know or who knows you? This and other branding questions will be answered in this session, which is part of a daylong American Press Institute workshop on building journalistic brands. We will talk about the power of brands, journalists who have developed excellent brands and what you can start doing right now to craft and promote a digital brand that will sustain your career.
Engage your reader. As visual journalist, we are told that this is the key to our survival. But this task is daunting, and is not simple as it may sound. Designers must learn to develop various visualization techniques to captivate its readers. This is not anymore a question of designing a good page – BUT designers must produce pages that constantly grab readers by the balls, tickle their imagination, and perhaps propel them to utter the magic word: “Wow!” But how do you create a page that passes the wow-o-meter? And what are the ingredients of a “wow” page? This session will help you understand the concept of “visual conceit”, a term coined by the speaker that explores idiosyncratic approach of visualization. And there are as many forms of visual conceits, as there are many ways to skin a cat. Find out when to use “Type Attack” vs “Art Attack”, “Texturing” vs “Contextualizing”, “Deconstruction” vs “Interactivity”, and why Milton Glaser is right when he said that (design) style is irrelevant.
We’re thrilled to announce Matt Thompson and Robin Sloan will close out SND STL with a special presentation before the awards dinner on Saturday, October 1st. The dynamic duo are internationally known for their innovative thinking and ground-breaking work in digital journalism across many platforms. Together they created EPIC 2014, a futuristic look at culture, technology and the future, and they also blog about similar issues at the must-read,Snarkmarket. This special presentation is made possible with the sponsor support of The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
$10 cover with your SND STL badge includes:
+ Pizzas (various toppings), Toasted Ravioli, Chicken Tenders, and Salad + Each attendee will receive free shoe rental if they choose to bowl
+ Each attendee wil also enjoy Happy Hour drink specials extended until 8pm.
29th September to 1st October 2011