The editors’ column from SNDS Magazine issue 4, 2012.
If you read this, chances are that you are a member of SNDS – Society for News Design Scandinavia.*
Receiving this magazine four times a year is part of what you get for your membership fee. Another thing is the book with all the winners in the Best of Scandinavian News Design competition – which, if you didn’t pick it up at the Space seminar in Copenhagen, should have been sent to you by now.
But these are just the physical objects – there are several other valuable advantages to being a member.
The annual seminar is your chance to meet colleagues, get introductions to new clients or find the consultant you just need to finish your project – or to get inspiration from great speakers from the news design business.
And with SNDS being part of the much larger SND membership actually gives you access to a truely global network, with easy access to contacts in Europe, Saudi-Arabia, the United States, Russia, China, and many more!
The election of members of the SNDS board takes place at the General Assembly at the annual seminar. As a member you are invited to the General Assembly, and if you are a paying participant at the seminar, you are a member! Now, that’s really smart. Unfortunately not many people actually show up at the general assemblies.
What we’re trying to say is – the SNDS board members are here for you, just waiting to hear what you expect from the society and what you would like the society to do for you. Would you like to see more events, organized by SNDS? Should we initiate quick courses in Photoshop, or short visits to media houses in your local area? Or something else? You tell us.
Another possibility for you is to show off a bit – or at least show your work to the world. SNDS Magazine would love to see more contributions from members – articles, photo reportages, graphic tips and tricks – anything, really, as long as it’s related to news design or visual journalism. So don’t hesitate to send a quick email if you have stuff you want to share in glossy print – and/or on the SNDS website.
In this issue
This issue reflects the global view on working with news media. We are very proud to have Petri Salmén’s tale of his two months of working in the German magazine Stern – a long way from his usual work at Helsingin Sanomat, both in terms of kilometres and in the working routines of the publication. Read his report on page 16-19.
The Swedish former SND and SNDS President Svenåke Boström has looked into the recently published results of Poynter Institute’s iPad eyetrack research (p. 20-21); another former SNDS President Ole Munk (DK) reviews the recently redesigned iconographic USA Today – which has a new look in both print and online (p. 26-28).
Our present President Anders Tapola wonders (in his column on the back page) how news companies will manage to get paid for their journalism in the future – and we look at the different kinds of paywalls that the newspapers are building for their online content at the moment (p. 4).
The rest of the mag is more or less devoted to winners and workshops. There is exciting news about the rules of the Scandinavian competition (p. 8-9); we have a Norwegian local newspaper, Bygdanytt, which is now the best in Europe (p. 6); and we have been to both Cleveland (p. 22-25) and Copenhagen (p. 10-15) to attend the workshops of SND and SNDS – and bring you a few photos from the events.
Next year’s SNDS seminar and workshop will again be in Copenhagen, in October. If you have any ideas or suggestions to the program, please send an email to Kristoffer Nilsen, who is the chairman of the program committee. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will enjoy this magazine, have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2013!
& Lars Pryds
Editors, SNDS Magazine
* If you’re not a member of SNDS, contact Lone Jürgensen to sign up! Lone’s contact info is on page 2 – or on snds.org/member
See also – full magazine: SNDS Magazine 4, 2012