The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data – and write code.

Founded in 1979, it is a US-registered non-profit organization with around 1,500 members worldwide. Among other activities, we host an annual Best of News Design competition open to newspapers and magazines from around the world, and a yearly conference (rotating through various cities) that brings in visual journalists from all over the world.

Our mission

Adopted September 2005

The mission of the Society for News Design is to enhance communication around the world through excellence in visual journalism. To that end, the Society will:
Promote the highest ethical standards in all of our crafts
Champion visual journalism as an integral discipline
Educate journalists on a continuing basis
Celebrate excellence in all aspects of journalism
Encourage innovation throughout our industry
Provide a forum for critical review and discussion of issues
Value our unique and diverse international and multicultural character


Rob Schneider


Rob is in charge of design, graphics and illustration for The Dallas Morning News. Rob has led successful redesigns of the DMN, The Providence Journal and various other print and digital products.

Previously, he was an editor, designer, writer, photographer, copy editor and sports editor for newspapers in Missouri (St. Joseph News-Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and Nebraska. (Omaha World-Herald) His work has been awarded by The Society of News Design, Malofiej, Communication Arts, Illustrator’s Annual, PRINT magazine and other state and regional journalism competitions. He’s also an exceptional butter carver, although he has long chosen to remain an amateur in this arena. Rob has been faithful and passionate servant of the Society of News Design since 1997. He has been a regular volunteer and a judge at the creative competition in Syracuse and a speaker and volunteer at three national workshops (Houston, Las Vegas and Denver). Rob has organized and hosted several SND Quick Courses in Texas and has been a featured speaker for SND and other organizations at events around the country.


David Kordalski
Vice President


A visual journalist since the early 1980s, David is currently the AME/Visuals for The Plain Dealer in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to that, he worked at large- (Detroit News), midsize- (Dayton Daily News, South Bend Tribune) and small-circulation dailies (Wooster Daily Record), as well as a weekly or two.

During his tenure, The Plain Dealer visuals team has been recognized by the Society for News Design and other professional organizations in nearly every design, photography, illustration and graphics category.

David has been SND’s Region 4 director and served as the organization’s first Education Committee chair. As a member of the competition committee, he’s often been a facilitator at the annual competition. He was selected as a judge for the 26th edition. He’s an occasional contributor to Design magazine, has spoken at the SND annual workshops in Houston and Orlando and a number of Quick Courses in the U.S. and Canada, and he’s a regular speaker for other professional and student groups. He’s served as host for several Quick Courses. The Plain Dealer hosted SND’s annual conference in 2012. In 2005, David was proud to have received an SND President’s Award for volunteerism.


Lee Steele

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I have worked as a designer, graphic artist, copy editor, reporter, educator, cartoonist and illustrator for both newspapers and magazines. Having served in a variety of roles in the newsroom, I see the value of SND’s role in educating and promoting quality design. I have also been adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University, teaching News Design in their journalism program. In 2011, I was the recipient of the Connecticut SPJ’s first-place award for front-page design. For the past seven years, I have been design editor for the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers in Bridgeport, Conn., and I oversaw the redesign of four daily newspapers and seven weeklies in 2010. Today, we are undertaking yet another redesign.

I am a graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and studied art and humanities at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. I live in Bridgeport, Conn., and promote area artists and galleries at http://www.leesteele.com. I was named Region 1 director in 2009, and training director early this year. I also “live blogged” the World’s Best competition in Syracuse for the past two years.

I’ve been on the SND board now since 2009, joining at a time of great crisis for the organization. I have devoted my own resources to be fully engaged with this organization. But SND has paid me back more than I have ever given. I have learned to be a better designer and manager. My ability to mediate, communicate and connect with others, were sharpened as an SND leader, and it’s those qualities that I offer today as a candidate for secretary/treasurer.


Stephen Komives
Executive Director


Stephen has served the Society in various capacities since 2002: he’s judged the annual print competition, served as president of the Malofiej infographics competition jury, co-chaired SND’s diversity committee and directed and taught the design quick courses. He also helped organize two annual SND workshops — 2006 in Orlando and 2002 in Savannah, Ga.

He spent 20 years in newsrooms — most recently as design editor of the Orlando Sentinel, where he worked for five years.

He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His first day as SND executive director was Nov. 16, 2009.


Jonathon Berlin
Immediate Past President

Jonathon has been a volunteer for SND since 2000, when he started writing and designing for the Update newsletter. That experience gave him a glimpse into how the Society works and many of the neat things it does. And the chance to meet and talk with designers from all over the world. He took over editing the newsletter in 2001 and started editing Design Journal in 2004 until becoming secretary and treasurer in 2010.

In his professional life he’s worked at the Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Rocky Mountain News and The Times of Northwest Indiana. He’s been a design director and designer, a graphics editor and artist. He’s worked days and nights, sports, features and news. He’s rolled out Web sites and redesigns. Invented new publications and fixed old ones.

Right now he’s the graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he lives in the city with his wife, two boys and dog. He likes running and tries to do one marathon a year.



Cristobal Edwards – Professor, Pontifica Universid Catolica de Chile’s school of journalism Santiago


REGIONAL DIRECTOR- region 20- Middle East and Africa

Douglas OkasakiDubai – United Arab Emirates





Adonis Durado – Muscat – Oman


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