Planning and Design for the Big Story

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July 18, 2018 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Planning and Design for the Big Story
Originally Broadcast On:
July 18, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

This webinar is FREE for members of the Society for News Design (SND). Watch your member email to get details about the promocode to enroll for free.

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When big news breaks in your community, you want to have the highest impact presentation in print the next morning for your readers. There are often multiple angles and even more information to get to readers. What's the best way to package it all together on the front page and inside in order to get the most impact and have all the bases covered?

What's the role of a designer in journalism and how can visual journalists think about the big picture and help provide context to readers in coverage? The strongest ways for designers to be involved is to think about the story and the best way for readers to digest it.

In this webinar, learn how to create a plan flexible enough to cover the big story and adjust as more information pours in to ultimately tell the best story possible in the next day's paper.

This webinar is part of a three-webinar series.

  • Making Emotional Connections with Local Audiences Through Design: July 16 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Secrets of a Successful Newsletter: Lessons from the Lily: July 17 at 2:00 p.m.

If you would like to enroll in all three, email us at for a promo code for a 20 percent discount!

NOTE: This webinar is FREE for members of the Society for News Design (SND). Watch your member email to get details about the promo code to enroll for free.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to react to the news while it's happening and make decisions quickly about presentation and storytelling
  • How to plan for the news you know is coming and then how to leave room to react to the story after it's happened
  • The best ways to extract the most impactful visuals and key breakouts for a story on deadline
  • How to think about presenting the story on both the front page and the inside pages
Who Should Take this Course:

Designers, reporters, editors, digital journalists and any other stakeholders that want to learn how to think ahead to create impactful presentation on the stories that matter most.

Course Instructor:

Greg Mees

Greg Mees is an award-winning journalist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As the lead news designer, he designs and oversees the presentation of the Sunday front page, enterprise projects and breaking news. In 2016, he led the visual direction of the newspaper's ambitious coverage of the presidential election as well as coverage of Prince's death. He has previously designed and art directed the front page and the Sunday Science & Health section, as well as the Sunday local section.

Training Partner:

The Society for News Design

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

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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