“Our business is changing at the speed of light. We don’t just want to keep pace; we want to set the pace,” said New York Times chief executive officer Mark Thompson.


The Society for News Design (SND) believes in this statement and we invite all creatives to a special face-to-face networking and idea-sharing event – SND London 2017.

SND, for the first time in London, is bringing together the visual journalism community – creative directors, art directors, editors, reporters, illustrators, photographers, video makers, data visualisers and web designers - for a dialogue on innovation and the future of visual journalism.

Join the top creative minds in the industry
FOR a candid talk about what makes our work
relevant in this TIME OF transition.






1- Best practices in visual journalism worldwide

2- Interactive graphics and Data Visualizations

3- Worldwide successful cases in visuals

4- The designer’s guide to survive in this transition period

5- Design in 4.7 inches screen (mobile)

6- Virtual Reality and journalism

7- Illustration





Your suggestions are very important.

We’re seeking nominations for session presenters, panelists, themes and categories you want to participate in and learn more about. We’re striving to make
SND_London the best experience it can be for you. Please share your ideas or recommendations. Stay tuned for the updated list of speakers.


Confirmed speakers:

SOREN NYELAND, Design Editor, Politiken (Denmark)

DANNY WILKINS, Head of Technology, News UK,The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times (UK)

SARA QUINN, Media Consulting, (US)

SAM JOINER, Interactive News Editor, The Times (UK)

SUZETTE MOYER, Design editor, The Washington Post (US)

DEBORAH WITHEY, Design Consultant, US-UK

AMY KING, Editor in chief/creative director, The Lily – Washington Post (US)

RAMACHANDRA BABU, Senior Illustrator, Gulf News, Dubai (UAE)

MARCO HERNANDEZ, Digital Infographics, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

ILYA MYASNIKOV, Educator, Tomsk State University (RUSSIA)

CHRISTOPHER MEIGHAN, Director for Emerging News Products,
The Washington Post (US)

MARCELO DUHALDE, Infographic Designer, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

DOUGLAS OKASAKI, Senior Designer, Gulf News - Dubai (UAE)



Immediate Past President, Society for News Design and Media Consulting, (US)

 A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is the immediate past president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Her most recent study is Eyetracking Photojournalism, for the National Press Photographers Association.




Design editor, The Washington Post (US)

 Suzette has been a design editor at The Washington Post since 2015, working in both print and digital spaces. Prior to that, she was a design editor at the Tampa Bay Times and creative director at Bay magazine. She was also the director of design and graphics at the Hartford Courant from 1999-2006.



Design Consultant, US-UK

 Deborah Withey, former creative director of The Virginian-Pilot, among other titles, received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work as designer, mentor, and innovator from SND in 2012 which gave her the opportunity (and permission, she figured!) to step away from working exclusively as a visual journalist to developing her own creativity and self-expression as exhibiting artist and art for wellbeing practitioner. 

 But her love of collaboration brought her back to the USA and newspapers last year when asked to create a visual concept from scratch for the North State Journal, a start-up paper for the state of North Carolina. In less than 12 months of publishing the paper was chosen as a 'World's Best-Designed Finalist', (Deb's 6th) and photo team of the year. 'Design thinking' as well as 'design doing' has inspired her to enroll in the new Emerging Media Design + Development graduate program at Ball State where she plans to meld all her past disciplines into something new, yet to be determined!



Editor in chief/creative director, The Lily –Washington Post (US)

 Amy King is the editor in chief/creative director for The Lily, and design director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of thelily.com – a product aimed at millennial women that lives exclusively on distributed platforms. In her Emerging News Products role, she has helped to launch The Post’s national product suite, Snapchat Discover channel, Apple News and a myriad of other initiatives with industry-leading distributed platforms. Amy came to The Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section.



Head of Technology News UK (UK)

Danny Wilkins is Head of Technology for Newsrooms at News UK. Danny has worked across The Times, Sunday Times and Sun for the last decade, helping to provide Editorial with the best creative tools and keeping an eye on innovation for the future, including experiments with new mediums such as AR and VR.



Design Editor, Politiken (Denmark)

Søren Nyeland has been Design Editor of the Danish daily Politiken since 1997. He holds a Masters of Design and has led a design development team that resulted in several awards. Among them are: SND’s World’s Best-Designed Newspaper in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015. And notably, the European Newspaper of the Year in 2010 and 2016. Nyeland has served as a jury member at SND, SND/S, SND-Russia and ENA. Nyeland has been an influential speaker at conferences in Boston, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, Stockholm and Vienna.



Interactive News Editor , Times and the Sunday Times (UK)

Sam Joiner is the Interactive News Editor of the Times and the Sunday Times. Part of the cross-title digital team, Sam works with journalists and section editors across all Times and Sunday Times desks to bring stories to life digitally.

From quick turnaround content for daily news articles, such as charts and timelines, to large scale, long-running major events like the Olympics or US election, his team focus on adding value to stories and ensuring readers get the most from their digital subscriptions.

Sam is a graduate from the University of Bristol, where he read history. He has previously worked for the Guardian and Microsoft.



Director for Emerging News Products,  The Washington Post (US)

Christopher Meighan is the director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. He leads a 30-person team made up of editors, designers and producers. Over the past few years, the team has launched The Post’s national product suite, which includes tablet and smartphone apps, a newsletter and an Apple Watch presence. The team also runs many of The Post’s distributed platform initiatives, including Apple News, Snapchat Discover and thelily.com. His team operates on an editorial philosophy and design sensibility that takes advantage of the small screen for mobile-first storytelling. The team is consistently in the innovations mindset, knowing that once something is launched, it’s on to figuring out what the next big thing will be.




Creative Director, Fabulous Magazine, The Sun (UK)

Currently creative director and cover photographer for Fabulous magazine. Designed and launched Fabulous ten years ago and have won and been nominated for multiple BSME art director of the year awards along the way. Previously designed and art directed the Daily Express and Independent newspapers.




Senior Illustrator, Gulf News - Dubai (UAE)

Ramachandra Babu is a Senior Illustrator at Gulf News Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2004 to date. Prior to that, he was an Editorial Illustrator at the Daily Al Bayan an Arabic Daily and creative director of Your Health magazine. He is blessed with full of talents - a designer, illustrator, infographic artist and a painter. He has been recognized for his creative designs with multiple awards from SND, Malofiej, Wan Ifra and World Press Cartoon. 

He was born in India and moved to Dubai in 1996 and started his career as a painter. Over the years, Ramachandra Babu has painted portraits and created murals of the Dubai Royal Family and leading business houses in the United Arab Emirates. With his vast experience in the creative and design industry, he is surely one of the best speakers that we have for this conference to share his many creative ways in design that will definitely inspire us.   



Digital Infographics, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

 Marco is based in Hong Kong working as Infographic Designer at the South China Morning Post, former Senior Infographic Designer at La Nacion (Costa Ria) and lecturer of Information Design to the Science and Arts University of Costa Rica. His work has been recognized with awards in Asia by Wan-Ifra, in USA by the Society for News Design, in UK by the GEN, in Spain by the SND-E and the BID, among others.

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Educator, Tomsk State University (RUSSIA)

News designer working in Tomsk, Russia since 1994, starting with letterpress typography.

Designer, infographer, editor and reporter. Multiple SND Russia winner (mostly in Gorodskaya Gazeta newspaper). Active media consultant and producer.

Educator in Tomsk State University, one of the oldest school in Russia, teaching news writing, visual journalism, editorial design and management.

Acting dean of the journalism faculty in TSU High School of Journalism, producing the number of SND-winning projects in digital publishing reporting.




Infographic Designer, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Marcelo is an infographic designer who started his career in 1996 in Chile, working for infographic departments of the main local newspapers until august 2010 . From November 2010 toJuly 2015 he worked for the design team ofTimes of Oman and Al Shabiba newspapers in the Sultanate of Oman as infographic designer and researcher.

Since August 2016 he works at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Throughout his career he has won more than 60 awards in various events such as SND Best of News Design, Malofiej and Wan-Ifra. His work has been published in books, magazines, and infographic/data visualization websites in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

He is passionate about his work, enjoys sharing his professional experience and thrives on learning from the people he meets along the way

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.



SNDLondon 2017 will feature some of the most creative minds in visual journalism.  We'll be announcing the topics in the weeks to come.

Speaker ‘suggestion’?  +  Want to be part of it?

contact: Stephen Komives


The very best of news design":

This session offers an exciting look at print and digital winners from the Society for News Design (SND) competition. It will showcase examples from magazines and general circulation newspapers - daily or non-daily, broadsheet or tabloid, traditional or alternative -from all over the world, from the US and UK to Germany, the Philippines, Dubai or Hong Kong…



News UK & Ireland Ltd

1 London Bridge Street

London SE1 9GF

United Kingdom

To register a group of 5 participants (special discount) and more please contact: Stephen Komives


Picture by Christian Erades

Picture by Christian Erades

rate £119.00*

SND Conference attendees can contact us directly reservations@londonbridgehotel.com  and ask for New’s Uk rate to be applied for a standard double/twin room (subject to availability).

*excluding VAT20% *Weekend rate applicable from Friday to Sunday*

London Bridge Hotel
8 - 18 London Bridge Street

London - SE1 9SG


Take your networking to the next level after the event, where you can continue to build connections after the conference ends. Mingle with individuals from the design community over some drinks and good food!




The Society for News Design is ready to review your portfolio. This invitation is open to all design students at undergraduate in all levels.

Here’s your chance for your portfolio to have a professional look and you will receive an honest feedback about your work from our creative professionals. It is also an opportunity to network with design executives; distribute your resume, practice your interview skills and meet incredible artists/professionals in the industry all over the world.

We've lined up an amazing group of seasoned design professionals and educators who are willing to share with you everything they know about design industry. So don’t miss this opportunity. Space is limited.

What: One by one portfolio review with some of the best professionals in the industry. Bring whatyou have.  it can be print or online. It is necessary to be in print form or in PDF format on a laptop or iPad. Please, no flash drives or disks.

When: Friday, November 3, 2017

Who: Students in all levels and recently graduated

Where: SND_London News UK building – London

Registration fee:  It’s free for SND student member. You must book your spot by filling out the form below.

If you are not SND student member, you can join here.

All student participants are legible for portfolio review, but there is limited space, so hurry, register for the event here.

After the registration you can book your student portfolio review below:



book here for student portfolio review :

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