2016 Judges’ Comments

Judges’ comments are in! Take a look at what they had to say.

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Digital Entries

B1 Overall news website

1st-University Times


b2 Mini-site/Special Section

1st-The Daily Orange, Family Life

2nd- Columbia Missourian, Battle Rising

Of the two entries, the judges decided the Family.Life mini-site is strong. “Simple but elegant,” Joe and Luis said. Luis did comment on the basic grid on the site and felt took away from the site. Family.Life has all serifs and italics which is harder to read online and on mobile.

All judges agreed that Battle Rising by the Columbia Missourian was beautiful and really enjoyed the videos on the site. Overall, the ability to access more content on the Family.Life site made the difference in the judges decision.

B3 Interactive or animated Infographic

1st- University of Carolina

B4/5 Video/Multimedia project

1st. University of Missouri “More than a Movement”
2nd.University of Missouri “Missouri Elk Herd”
3rd. F News “What the F are you doing”
This section took the judges into a conversation on the value of video and GIFs. They wanted to note that for this session it was very hard to decide because of the very distinct differences of the two.  Based on content Luis really appreciated the addition of a GIF and thought it contributed to the content while also bringing readers in.
All the judges views the More than a Movement video as a strong piece of journalism. The student had to cover a live, passion filled moment then take that footage and translate it for readers or viewers.
Note: SSND will be adding a section for GIFs in the future.

B6 News on a mobile device or iPad

Honorable mention University of North Carolina Chapel Hill “Twang”

B7 Redesign of a News website

1st-University Times








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Designer of the Year

Edmund Heaphy at the University Times

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1st. The University Times Magazine. 


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Overall Newspaper design

Out of the two entrees submitted, the judges decided that The University Times was the clear winner. Although the wide format felt strange in the hands, the judges said the students executed the paper well. They noted how the paper had many opportunities to make mistakes, but the mistakes were not there.

“This would stand up with any paper that is in the SND competition right now,” Joe Greco said.

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Overall design of a magazine

1st: University Times Magazine

Joe Greco said that he wouldn’t mind subscribing to the publication. The judges agreed that it looked incredibly professional and beautiful. They thought the overall use of typography, white space and photography was supreme.

2nd: F News

The judges said they could feel the fun the students have designing this magazine. They said it’s written and designed for artists, so it definitely speaks to their readers. They said that the color scheme seemed out of place and said there are “moments of brilliance, but then there are moments of thinking, ‘why did they do that?'”


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Overall design of special section

1st. Chloe Meister, The Daily Orange 


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Special Section cover

1st: Chloe Meister, The Daily Orange

The judges applauded the crop of the cover photograph.

2nd: Claudia Fernandez Hernandez, Allie Pakronsis, Rori Kotch; Distraction Mag

The judges noted the disconnect between the font in raw meat and the feature that seemed to be on veganism. “Is that a slab script,” Joe Greco joked.

3rd: Madalyne Bird, Vox Magazine

After seeing the death penalty feature in a previous category, the judges agreed that the photo choice was striking and fit well.

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1st: Jason Bredehoett, The Columbia Missourian

The judges thought that the infographics were superior. “This could be in the Chicago Tribune or the New York Times right now,” Joe Greco said.

“After seeing their other sports pages, the restraint is overwhelming,” Luis Rendon said. “They told the story with the data.”

Honorary Mention: Priyoshi Kapur, F News

Anson Stevens-Bollen said with the content, which is online, this is a strong infographic.

Honorary Mention:Chloe Meister, The Daily Orange 

The judges agreed that the story was an important one to tell, but thought a lot of the little design elements could easily be taken out to make the page cleaner.


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Alternative Story format

1st: staff, F News

The judges thought the costume guide fit better as an alternative story format than an illustration. They said the headlines made them laugh and they liked the satire.

2nd: Ben Kothe, Vox Magazine

The judges though that although too many fonts were used, this is a successful way of alternative story telling.

Honorary Mention: Sophie Lucido Johnson, FNews

The judges discussed the font choice of the package and the decision behind using it throughout. Anson Stevens-Bollen said that it would do better in smaller amounts.

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