Sunday, October 3

Awards Banquet Photos

By Nathan Clendenin

The SND Live Coverage Newscasters.

Tony Majeri from the Chicago Tribune receives his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Saturday, October 2

Closing Reception

The closing reception of SNDSJ is underway. Harris Siegel, of the Asbury
Park Press, is the host. Estimates of convention registration totals
almost 800.

And the winning..

graphic in the Graphics Iron Chef showdown is here. And the story is here.

Saturday sessions off to a rip-roarin' start

Are we artists or journalists? When do you stop listening to the consultant? The Small Papers, Big Ideas session was one of several provocative discussions this morning. And if you missed Sam Sundley's hilarious and invigorating session on Selling Crazy Ideas to Editors, you missed a great show. Fortunately, you can catch the flavor of his talk (and learn about the "nuclear option" and "salt peter for the mind") at this here recap. Better yet, treat yourself to all the delicious reporting of the Saturday sessions by our tireless blogging team in our six mini-blogs, linked to the right. We've already blogged 12 sessions, and there's more to come.


This T-shirt, and others like it by the Merc's Stephanie Grace Lim, sold "like hotcakes,'' we were told.

Friday, October 1

Adobe reception

This is a great event, the president of SND spoke at the beginning, there is great food and we are able to take tours of the building (which is amazing).

Ashley, BGU

Rollin', rollin, rollin', keep that conference news rollin'

More posts from today's sessions.

Designing for different audiences? Read about it here. Also, Adobe tips and tricks.

25 Greatest Moments in Design

By Erica Frederick
Michigan State University

It was hard to hear the speakers at this luncheon over the clinking of silverware on dishes and the hum of people talking, but I think the current president of SND (Susan Mango Curtis) introduced us to the incoming president, Bill Gaspard. We also heard from Christine McNeal and Scott Goldman.

The 25 Most Influential Moments in design offered a look at the diverse talents that make up news designers from accross the world. These people are all so unique, but share a commonality: the love of design. The influential moments varied from single events (like number 17, the production of Tim Harrower's and Mario Garcia's books) to ongoing (some still continuing) processes (like number 23, the evolution of sports design).

Number 21 was one of the most exciting for me. It focused on students from Ball State, but it was the increasing number of design programs/students. It was nice to see a page from The State News featured in this part of the presentation.

The list of the 25 most influential moments is available in an issue of Design magazine, which was passed out at the door as people left the presentation, so I won't go back over the whole list. Here are the top 4.

4: The Mac: an extension of ourselves that makes it possible to do what we do.

3: The New York Times' coverage of 9-11: full-page infographics, lots of helpful information told in a compelling and empathetic way.

2: SND and the Best of News Design book. They help us reach each other and share ideas.

And, drumroll please...

1: The launch of USA today. This paper made revolutionary advances in the user-friendliness of news design with color and graphics, but most importantly, don't forget the weather map.

SND President Susan Mango Curtis welcomes us to the luncheon.
Photo By Nathan Clendenin

SND Mini-blogs

Don't forget to check out the SND mini-blogs, which are linked to the right. We're blogging virtually every session. A recap of this morning's choosing typography session just went up, for example. Along with a recap of the trading papers session.

Wanted: writers for Update

Denise Reagan, the editor of the SND newsletter Update, stopped by our blogging station in the exhibition area to let us know that she's hunting for people to write stories about the conference. Email her at or find her roaming the sessions.

Schiller shows off new OS, Tiger

By Tim Martin
Eastern Illinois University

Phil Schiller, the No. 2 executive at Apple Inc., dazzled the SNDSJ crowd on Friday morning, showing off three new features on the yet to be released operating system, Tiger.

Tiger, set for release in the first half of 2005, will feature an innovative hard drive search engine, a Web browsing real-time news search, and a core imaging program that will have powerful design tools built in.

"We want to create the next generation of creative applications," Schiller said.

And they might. The largest oohs and aahs resulted from the third item Schiller presented, a motion graphics system that he called core imaging, similar to the core audio seen in OS X. The core imaging takes a step in making some technical design elements easier, by building them into the core technology.

Many of the filtering design tools, like blur or glass distortion, were being used in real time. Schiller said a billion operations were happening per second and that it was possible because the graphics chips have caught up in speed with the CPUs. The image was not being edited, Schilling said. It's hard to describe in detail what Schilling was doing, but the results teased the crowd, some of whom could only shake their heads in disbelief. The abilities are both 2D and 3D.

Schiller was able to apply various elements all at once, saying everything was "non-destructive."

Schiller next introduced a hard drive search that was spawned by the iTunes application. Surfing the Internet via Web sites like Google or Yahoo! is much easier than trying to find a photo or text document on a hard drive, so Schiller said Apple created Spotlight, a program that will sort quickly files by a variety of information. For example, Schiller said the search engine will probe through a hard drive by looking at content and meta data, which included information like who sent the file and when it was sent.

Essentially, Spotlight expands the ways a computer user can scan for a file by looking at more information in real-time. You can save the searches, too, in Smart Folders. Spotlight will also sort the search results by their application format, whether it's .pdf, text document, photo or video. A quick search will be available in the upper right corner. The search will also be used in other parts of the computer, like address books.

"It's all lightning fast," Schiller said.

Next, Schiller introduced an online news gathering system that many blogs currently use. Schiller called it RSS, or real simple syndication. Some Web sites, like the Boston Globe or ESPN, currently have RSS technology. What RSS allows is an alternative to the Web site, as a separate screen pops up that only shows the headlines and the beginning parts of the story. The RSS seemed very user friendly as it was able to track how many new stories had been added since your last visit, and it also allowed you to change the length of the story, from a few paragraphs to only the headline.

Schiller called it a "personal clipping service." He said RSS would be used for Safari, Apple's Web browser.

This varied from a normal Web search by that it narrowed the search when compared to a Google search. It appears to be more precise, like many of the blogs.

Schiller, dressed in a blue shirt, jeans and black sneakers, spoke at SNDSJ during the general session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Two television screens provided live video of his interview with Bryan Monroe, a Knight Ridder assistant vice president for news. Monroe drew a loud applause when he talked about some newsroom's battles with the Information Technology departments, who sometimes push PCs as opposed to Macs because they are cheaper and easier to network. Monroe said he and others tell the IT departments that they will have to, "take this Mac out of my cold, dead hands."

Schiller admitted he starts his day by reading the newspaper before going to work. He reads the "fun news" first, the sports section and pertinent business news. During the day, he searches many Web sites, and at night, he watches TV news.

He said Apple's creativity is "imbred in its culture," adding the company can be on the cutting edge of innovation because computer design starts from scratch each time.

Photo by Nathan Clendenin

Thursday, September 30

After hours

It has been a great party. San Jose is a beautiful place.

Journalists bad tippers ... Huh???

By Tim Martin
Eastern Illinois University

Stop the presses!!! This just in: Journalists are bad tippers, according to three waitreses. When asked if she had received any tips, one waitress smiled then replied: "No, not tonight." Another waitress said the tips are usually not good at these types of events. She said most people ssumed they get paid well enough.

But the discrepancy appears to be the fact that tip jars are not resting on the tables. Actually, many journalists are good tippers, two journos agreed. "I think most journalists tip," said Tim Goheen, a worker for Knight Ridder/Tribune. Thomas Fladung of the Detroit Free Press, himself a former waiter, agrees: "I would definitely tip if I knew we could."

UNC Chapel Hill students don't tip but they love RoboMan. Photo by Nathan Clendenin

Hmmm... has an anonymous blogger here. We don't know who she/he is...yet. But stay tuned.

Merc News boss

Susan Goldberg, exec. editor of the SJ Mercury News (the hometown paper and event sponsor) addresses the assembled masses.

Guacamole ...

Carol-Lyn Jardine
While a crowd gathers around tvs in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel to watch two men debate the future of the United States, visual journalists flocked to tables full of incedible food and neon drinks. The theme of the night -- technology. Aluminum mimes accompanied by techno beats entertain while I devour some of the best guacamole I've had this year.

The only distraction -- airplanes over head on the way to the airport.

More to know

A new site was brought to my attention, Hey college students, you can find job postings and hook up with potential employers. Check it out.

What is he wearing?

By Tim Martin
Eastern Illinois University

Ezra Li Eismont and his band, katfive, really wanted to make a good impression with this journalism crowd.

How bad? He made a suit made of newspapers. Eismont said the suit took two nights and four newspapers to make. A glossy exterior was established by sealing up the suit with packaging tape.

But this isn't just basic work. He has collars and pockets.

There is a downside, though.

"It's a little stiff," said Eismont, whose four-member band is based out of Oakland.

The other three members are also in on the act. One has a newspaper jacket, another a T-shirt. The last guy is just dressed like a reporter.

Eismont said his band plays rock, electric, hip hoppy-stuff with vocal tunes. Yep.

The suit will live on beyond tonight. A professor from Michigan State took Eismont's business card, and she plans to buy the suit.


The president from Adobe spoke, reminding us of the importance of design in journalistic works. We must always remember, the easier we make navigation, the better.
- Carrie Whitaker

Getting to know you

Carrie Whitaker
The opening ceremony has been quite high class, with lots of mingling and sharing ideas. What a great way to start the weekend. Everything is very high tech.

Initial reactions from opening ceremony

By Tim Martin
Eastern Illinois University

The sounds of the presidential debate echos from speakers to the tune of techno music. A silver suited man looking like an astronaut struts around, waving to children. The food smells good on this chilly night. Tented areas surround an open area in the center. Did I say the food smelled good?

The expected crowd is 900, an event worker says. People are mingling.


Welcome to the SNDSJ Blog. We're hoping to provide near wall-to-wall coverage of the conference here in San Jose almost as it happens. Our team of volunteer bloggers will be attending most of the 40-plus sessions and reporting back throughout the event. So check back here often for updates. To keep things organized, we've set up half a dozen "mini-blogs," one for each conference track. Come here for the main news, and check out the mini-blogs (see the links to the right) to see what's happening in the sessions you can't attend. And if you're missin' the conference entirely, hopefully this will be the next best thing to being here. - Michael B., blog coordinator