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2015 College News Design Contest

The Missouri Student Society of News Design hosts a juried contest to honor excellence in design and graphics. The contest is co-sponsored by the Society for News Design.

Eligibility

Entries must have been published on or after March 16, 2014, and on or before March 15, 2015. You may enter if you are a student enrolled at a two- or four-year college, or if you were enrolled when the work was published. All published student work is eligible, whether done for a student or professional publication or project. Double bylines or “staff” bylines are permitted, except in Division C.

How To Enter

Every individual designer gets one free entry. Any entry credited to a staff rather than a specific person must be paid. After that, most entries are $8 each. Entries in categories A16, A17 and A18, along with Division C entries, are $14 each. Please include payment with entries, unless otherwise arranged with Ying Wu. Make checks payable to Missouri SSND. Purchase orders are accepted. Our federal ID number is 
43-600-3859W.

All the print entries and digital entries must be sent through the snail mail and received in Columbia by Monday, March 23, 2015. And all the print entries and digital entries senders must submit the e-form by Monday, March 23, 2015.
The e-form link is: http://goo.gl/forms/g7GCstzarA

Mailling address:

College News Design Contest
c/o Ying Wu

313 Lee Hills Hall, 221 S. Eighth St.
Columbia, MO 65211

Instructions

Print an entry form (above) for each entry.

Tape the entry form to the upper left-hand corner of the back of each entry. For multi-page entries, please tape the pages together so they can be seen all at once or can be easily turned.

Imagine the judges walking by them on a table, and remember that it’s in your best interest that the entries stay together and be easily navigated. For multi-page entries, please tape an entry form to the back of every page.

For Division C, please make sure each design example is self-contained. For example, if a four-page spread is one example, tape those four pages together. Then clip your examples (up to 10) together and tape an entry form to the back of each.

Division A: Print Awards

Entries are $8 each unless otherwise noted (A16–A18).

The following awards are for work designed by a student, appearing in either a student newspaper or a professional newspaper during an internship.

  • A1. Newspaper cover design (broadsheet and tabloid formats).
  • A2. Newspaper page design: single inside page or double truck.

The following awards are for work designed by a student, appearing in a student newspaper or MAGAZINE or a professional newspaper or MAGAZINE during an internship:

  • A3. Features page design: one page or one spread.
  • A4. Sports page design: one page or one spread.
  • A5. Multi-page story package (news or sports topic).
  • A6. Multi-page story package (features topic).
  • A7. Breaking news. A single page or group of pages CREATED ON DEADLINE and published in the news cycle nearest to a breaking news event. Do not enter planned projects in this category.
  • A8. Special topics. Submit single page, series or package on the following topics:
    • A8a. MH370
    • A8b. Ebola
    • A8c. Ferguson
  • A9. Photo story design: one page or one spread.
  • A10. Overall use of photography: one entire issue of your choice.
  • A11. Illustration: can be hand-drawn, computer-generated or photographic.
  • A12. Information graphics: a single graphic or a combination of closely related graphics packaged together.
  • A13. Alternative story format: one page or one spread.
  • A14. Cover of a magazine or newspaper special section
  • A15. Overall design of a magazine or newspaper special section. Enter one complete issue.
  • A16. Overall design of a magazine. Enter three entire issues of your choice. (Three issues constitute one entry, at $14.)
  • A17. Overall design of a newspaper: Submit three entire issues of your choice. (Three issues constitute one entry, at $14.)
  • A18. Redesign of a magazine or newspaper: Submit one complete issue published prior to the redesign and two complete issues after the redesign. (Three issues constitute one entry, at $14.)

Division B: Digital Awards

The following awards are for work designed by a student or students, published in a student or professional news product or project. Please submit a published URL.

The URL should be either associated with an official publication OR a free-standing project. If the latter is true, please include a one-paragraph explanation attached to the entry form explaining the goals, affiliation and scope of the project.

  • B1. Overall news website
  • B2. Mini-site/special section of a news website
  • B3. Interactive or animated infographic
  • B4. Video or multimedia project
  • B5. News products appearing on other digital platforms, including iPad, Android and iPhone applications
  • B6. Redesign of a news website: Submit the URL of the current published website and URLs of screenshots of at least three separate pages from the site prior to the redesign.

Division C: Student Designer of the Year

Entries are $14 each

  • C. Submit a portfolio with up to 10 examples of your work. The work must have been published in a student or professional publication. All work must have been done by a single designer. The portfolio is one entry.

2015 SSND judges

PRINT JUDGES:

Dan Zedek
Dan Zedek: Assistant managing editor for design
The Boston Globe

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Lee Steele: President of SND,
Presentation Editor/Columnist, Hearst Corporation

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Marianne Seregi: Magazine Art Director
The Washington Post

DIGITAL JUDGES:

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Seth Hamblin: Deputy Global Visual Editor
WSJ.com and The Wall Street Journal

Juan Velasco

Juan Velasco: Co-founder and creative director of 5W Infographics and former Art Director at National Geographic magazine

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Mike Swartz: Partner, Upstatement

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Digital judges general comments

Teaming up with computer science students:

Larry: I think it would be great to see websites more considered and developed and for student newsrooms to reach out to students in computer science programs/telecommunication programs who can code and push what can be done on the web and not necessarily what can be done in an iPad.

iPad magazines:

Larry: A lot of interactive magazine were beautiful but I struggled to see who downloads them. Some took a long time to load. It’s a great exercise for students to do but i don’t know if it’s practical in the real world.

Videos:

Julie: I would ask students to take a hard look at what their doing and ask themselves if they would want to watch that. There were editing issues — some were really long. Others needed to take a step back and stop being too literal. Editing would strengthen all of these videos. Just because someone says something doesn’t mean it’s important.

Performance:

Luke: More consideration needs to be given to performance. If readers are having trouble downloading or it won’t work on all browsers, it kind of defeats the purpose. There’s too much reliance on templates — in this case, Wordpress templates. Maybe with more help from computer science students they could customize it more to meet their needs and desires.

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Redesign of a news website

1st place: dailyorange.com, Chris Voll, Syracuse University, The Daily Orange

A fantastic website. The typography is tight, grid is elegant and flexible. The site embraces white space which helped elevate it. Made it feel more accessible and readable at a glance. Wasn’t overwhelming. Very professional looking.

HM: Montana Journalism Review, Sage Knox and Allison Bye, University of Montana

A great improvement over the old site. It’s clean and simple. Just needs refinement — slideshows need better integration and column widths are too wide. Need to work to make it feel more like it’s not a template. Featured stories need to feel more like featured stories.

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News products appearing on other digital platforms, including iPad, Android and iPhone applications

1st place: The Vertical Floor staff, Syracuse University, The Vertical Floor.

Download their free iPad app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vertical-floor/id684962753?mt=8.

Dynamic, vibrant, strong typography. They achieved something that feels like a magazine and uniform all the way through. It was the most professional looking of the bunch. It’s very long – but in a good way. The 3D shoe thing was great.

2nd place: True North Magazine; Ainslie Perlmutt, Ariana Rodriguez-Gitler, Mindy Johnson, Alexis Balinski, Jessica Karsner, Kerry Johnson, Chantrel Reynolds; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Download their free iPad app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/true-north-magazine/id779698961?mt=8.

It was quite delightful to look through. Embraced the horizontal format of the platform. Some of the pages look quite polished.

3rd place: Flourish Magazine; Bailey Seitter, Melissa Flandreau, Kimberly Thomas, Cheyenne Hooks, Chelsea Woerner, Destiny Thompson, Courtney Lindstrand, Brianna Rolfe Cunningham, Jordan Moses, Sojung Hong; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Download their free iPad app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flourish-magazine/id639738112?mt=8.

Every page was a slightly new experience that I had to figure out. It was surprising and memorable.

HM: Ball State Weekly staff, Ball State University

Download their free iPad app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ball-state-weekly/id719584459?mt=8.

It’s admirable that they produce this publication every week.

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Video or multimedia project

1st place: “Over Water Under Fire,” Hannah Weinberger, Emma Galli, Katy Denning, Sara Peach, Ashlyn Still, G. Ligaiya Romero, Brittain McNeel, Spencer Bakalar, Erin Hull, Natalie Taylor, Eric Pait, John Remensperger, Daren Brabham, Matt Brozowski, Jody Sugrue; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The video quality is absolutely unmatched. So professional looking. It’s just so good. Engaging…the way it was shot, edited, the pacing. It expressed a feeling in a non-literal way, which is hard to do. Really powerful storytelling.

2nd place: “On the Brink,” Denni (Chenxi) Hu, Courtney Tye, Emma Galli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Pacing really helps quite a lot. Short quick shots are beautiful — I love the choppy nature of them. The animations only add to the video quality. The illustrative elements with the documentary images were affective. It felt different without being distracting.

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Interactive or animated infographic

HM: Stephanie Redding, Ball State University, Ball State Weekly. “How a tornado forms” 
To view the graphic, download Ball State Weekly’s iPad app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ball-state-weekly/id719584459?mt=8 (November 22, 2013 issue)

The illustration was good. It really brought what happened closer to home for viewers. It didn’t feel like something they got from other sources without making any sort of attempt to connect it to people in their lives.

HM: Brittain McNeel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Population Boom.”
Really simple chart and the accommodation of the information and animation was powerful. The integration of animation into their video was quite tasteful and restrained. It can get tacky very quickly but they did a good job.

 

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Mini-site/special section of a news website

1st place: www.dailyorange.com/tags/2-3-zone-series, Chris Voll, Syracuse University, The Daily Orange

You get a sense that these are special stories. The focus is on the stories without any distractions. Good use of typography and white space. The graphics and videos were integrated really well — especially the timeline. The animated gifs were a great idea. The hand drawn style really worked.

2nd place: http://www.livinggalapagos.org, Alexis Balinski, Isabella Bartolucci, Maria van Alast, Natalie Taylor, G. Ligaya Romero, Hannah Peterson, Caroline Pate, Caitlin Owens, Katie Myer, Casey Miller, Josie Hollingsworth, Katherine Fitzgerald, Simone Duval, Ryan Comfort, Viviana Bonilla; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Unique typography really fit the content. The video and initial image is nice; it’s inviting. I like seeing ‘why it matters’ up high. The narrative underneath it gives you a sense of why you should care. One of the stronger type and color treatments which help with the organization.

3rd place: www.poweringanation.org, Hannah Weinberger, Emma Galli, Katy Denning, Sarah Peach, Ashlyn Still, G. Ligaiya Romero, Brittain McNeel, Spencer Bakalar, Erin Hull, Natalie Taylor, Eric Pait, John Remensperger, Daren Brabham, Matt Brozowski, Jody Sugrue; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Photos and videos are absolutely gorgeous. The annotation on top of the videos were quite nice. That style can get ugly very quickly but they did it in a refined way that really helped the contest. The text templates needed some help. The site felt very comprehensive. If I wanted to know more about this topic, I would feel very satisfied. I could see someone spending an hour or longer with the site.

HM: http://fallworkshop.syr.edu/, Kelly Stevens, Syracuse University, The Fall Workshop

The one case I didn’t mind a sideways scroll — it worked here. The subtle rollover was nice but the piece overall lacked hierarchy. The strength of the individual photos were great and made me want to click on them. What is the fall workshop? I had to do a lot of clicking to figure out where I was and why I was there.

 

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