Monthly Archives: April 2010

Winning pages from the designer of the year portfolio

Charles Apple over at Visual Editors has a blog post up about Larry Buchanan, the Indiana student who placed first in the designer of the year category, winning himself $750 toward a trip to the SND workshop in Denver in September.

Thanks, Charles!

Be sure to check our official results page for a list of all the winners. And if you’re a winner, e-mail us (ssnd.missouri@yahoo.com) for instructions on posting winning pages and screen grabs to our Flickr gallery.

— Joy Mayer

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Best interactive or animated infographic

B4. Best interactive or animated infographic (can be from a student publication or an internship, but must have been completely designed by students)

First: http://unc.news21.com/ UNC Chapel Hill, News 21

Second: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2010/02/14/valentines_day_fashion.aspx Andrew Metcalf, Daily Collegian, Penn State

Third: http://www.drakejournalism.com/ThinkMag2010/?p=535 Allison Quick, Think Magazine, Drake University

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Best one-subject stand-alone mini-site or special section/special package of a larger Web site

B3. Best one-subject stand-alone mini-site OR special section/special package of a larger Web site (can be from a student publication or an internship, but must have been completely designed by students)

First: http://unc.news21.com/index.php/stories/coal.html UNC Chapel Hill, News 21

Second: http://www.ourfirstloves.com/ Northwestern University

From the students’ entry form: Our First Love is a multimedia storytelling experiment. Produced by the undergraduate Medill 390 class Advanced Interactive Design, it is based on the idea that journalism on the Internet should be about connectivity. Not just hyperlinks or social networking, but connectivity in the sense that it has the unique ability to bring even perfect strangers together, showing us all what we have in common. New media journalism can be the ultimate equalizer, a proof of human condition. So, to test our idea, we decided to focus on something simple, something to which everyone can relate. We went with love. We all have stories about our first loves. Whether it was a boy at camp, a wife, a favorite old teddy bear or a life-long love of fishing, the experience of falling head-over-heels for the first time is something everyone shares. It’s not about us, though. While we’ve created a large initial database of text, audio and video stories, the site is intended to grow on its own. Eventually it will have a foundation of user-submitted but editorially curated and moderated multimedia content. It will truly be journalism for and of the people.

Third: http://journal.siu.edu/shawnee/ Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Cary Bryant, Amanda Averbeck, and Seth MacFadyen

Honorable mentions:

From UNC Chapel Hill, News 21:

From Ball State, designed by Amy Buck:

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Best display for multimedia

B2. Best display for multimedia (as a feature of any news site produced by a group of students at one school):

First: http://unc.news21.com/index.php/stories/powering-down.html Zach Ferriola-Bruckenstein, UNC Chapel Hill, News 21

Second: http://www.ballbearingsonline.com/feature.php?id=39 Stephanie Bane and Drew Preston Hainz, Ball State University, Ball Bearings Online

Third: http://www.idsnews.com/news/inside/ Larry Buchanan, Inside, Indiana University

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Best overall college news Web site

B1. Best overall college news Web site (any news site produced by a group of students at one school):

First: http://unc.news21.com UNC Chapel Hill, News 21

A description from the students’ entry: In 2009, a team of UNC student reporters worked to develop new ways of telling stories online. The project is called News 21, which was an initiative funded by the Carnegie and Knight Foundations, and involved 12 journalism students and recent graduates based at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A team of reporters, designers and developers chose to focus on energy issues in the United States because it is a topic that is both personal and national in scope, because both personal electricity consumption and the population are rising. More people are using more electricity. Conservation efforts aren’t keeping stride. They slow the rise in demand, but don’t nearly meet it. Therefore, the UNC News 21 team wanted their site to be the one-stop-shop for users to explore America’s energy stories, meet the people behind the debate and join the conversation about our future.

Second: http://fnewsmagazine.com/wp/ The School of the Art Institute Chicago, F Newsmagazine

Third: http://www.idsnews.com/news/headline.aspx Indiana Daily, Indiana University

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Announcing multimedia winners

Our judges, Anne Van Wagener, Erica Smith and Danny Dougherty submitted their decisions last night. We had some technical difficulty getting the group video to work with the judges, so we’re just going to post the winners. Follow the @sndmizzou or #collegesnd to see the announcements and commentary.

There are four categories:

  • Best overall college news Web site
  • Best display for multimedia
  • Best one-subject stand-alone mini-site OR special section/package of a larger Web site
  • Best interactive or animated infographic

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Student designer of the year

Ten students entered portfolios for designer of the year.

First place: Larry Buchanan, Indiana University ($750 award to go to SND conference in Denver)

Second place: Taryn Wood, University of Missouri

Third place: Kyle Ellis, Ball State University

Judges comments:

With eight entries left on the table: “Let’s just take the $750 and divide it. Just kidding.” Steve Dorsey

On eliminating an entry: “You always look for the weakest thing.” Rob Schneider

On eliminating entries: “There’s a lot of stuff in here that didn’t reach that level.” Steve Dorsey

“We saw some things in this category that would have done well entered in another category. If they had entered them individually, they would have risen above and been awarded.” Steve Dorsey

“I have a hard time delineating which is the best.” Steve Dorsey

“It’s clean and it matches the magazine. Each complements the other.” Steve Dorsey on the multimedia components of a designer of the year portfolio.

“Oh my God, this is every shape size and flavor, that’s a lot of work.” Steve Dorsey on a portfolio entered for designer of the year. “It runs the gamut. It gives it a lot of depth, to me.”

“What’s most impressive about this is the different places it has touched. College paper, magazine, internships, Web…” said Rob Schneider.

“It’s the one true portfolio.” Steve Dorsey on the winning portfolio.

Advice for putting together portfolios in general:

  • They are only as strong as the weakest piece.
  • The strongest ones have breadth. They cross into many areas and explore and succeed. The basics must be executed at the highest level to be awarded.

Notes to future entrants: Parts of the portfolios would have done very well if they had been entered separately into other categories. Feel free to enter things into multiple categories.

A huge thanks to our judges, Steve, Rob and Kevin. Check back tomorrow for our multimedia contest results.

Do you have questions for our judges? Leave them in the comments and we’ll ask them and get back to you here on the blog.

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