Poll: Which DFM journalists should we send to SND13?

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We need your help choosing two journalists to represent Digital First Media at this year’s Society for News Design (SND) Workshop.

The DFM Represents program will award two spots at SND: One for a Media News Group employee, the other for a 21st Century Media employee. We will cover conference registration and hotel accommodations for the two winners.

Due to the short turnaround time, the finalist selection process was a little different than the ONA contest held earlier this year. This time, we turned to DFM’s regional editors, who were prompted to nominate one finalist from their region.

We received four nominations from Media News Group and one from 21st Century Media. Please use the voting form below (or click the link) to help us select which of the four finalists from Media News Group should attend SND. Voting closes at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 16.

There is no need to compile votes for the 21st Century Media spot, as Eileen Faust wins by default since she was the only finalist nominated from the company.

Here’s a little bit about each finalist to help inform your vote:

Brian Harr, Executive news editor, Los Angeles Daily News
Why vote for Brian? Some words from Michael Anastasi who nominated him:
“Brian Harr is the Executive News Editor for the Daily News and the lead designer for LANG. He produces dynamic and captivating designs for our print products on a daily basis. He is an award-winning visual journalist who has been nurtured into the role of a newsroom leader and and the SND conference will help round out his skillset and make him a bigger asset to DFM.

“SND will expose him to world-class designers and help push him to the next level of sophisticated design. But most importantly, SND will further expose him to the digital side of journalism and help him embrace all aspects of reaching our readers.”

Alexandra Sieh, Page designer, Daily Camera / Prairie Mountain Publishing
Why vote for Alexandra? Some words from Kevin Kaufman who nominated her:
“Alex is a wonderfully talented designer, who is bright, energetic, enthusiastic, willing to take on any challenge and to challenge the norm to produce stunning design that brings together and brings to life all the elements of our storytelling. And she isn’t confined to just print, but has left her mark in the digital world, serving as a member of our investigation into e-books, has been sought out for consultation on app and website design elements, and even aided with promotional efforts for some of our niche sites. And she doesn’t stop there, additionally writing periodic news-features pieces for our sites, as well as a weekly column for coloradodaily.com.

“She is an integral member of our central page production team and is adept at producing pages for a host of our publications, typically as the designated A1 designer. And all the while, she strives to learn and learn and learn, then share best practices with her teammates. She would be an excellent representative for DFM to send to the SND conference, from which she would bring back and share — both in person and via social media — valuable lessons learned.”

Annamaria Longo, El Paso Times
Why vote for Annamaria? Some words from Kyle Jones who nominated her:
“Annamaria helped lead the TexMex cluster in its transition onto the Saxotech system and DFM redesign. In the months since the redesign, Annamaria has helped the newspapers in the cluster not only implement the new elements of the design but also start to find innovative ways to execute packages and standing features within the guidelines of the design. In her tenure at the El Paso Times and TexMex, she has been instrumental in three redesigns and has worked on a variety of eye-catching covers in features, news and business.”

Samantha Dellinger, Artist, York Daily Record
Why vote for Samantha? Some words from Brad Jennings who nominated her:
“On behalf of Jim McClure, I would like to nominate Samantha Dellinger of the York Daily Record to represent the PA cluster at SND.

“A 13-year veteran of our newsroom, Samantha is not only our most accomplished designer, but also one of our most aggressive adopters of new publishing platforms, technology and social sharing.

“A true multimedia designer, Sam recently took home the annual DFMie award for page design; she designed our visually stunning Gettysburg 150 tablet app; and she has demonstrated how social media platforms like Instagram can be used to foster a community around illustration and design. She was honored this year with a Keystone Press Association Award for Outstanding Visuals, a statewide accolade.

Sam truly loves her job, and she is all-in with Digital First. She is hungry to learn more about what the future holds for news design and how she might apply her talents to that future. She would also welcome the opportunity to share what she learns with others in the company, a role she currently embraces as a member of DFM’s Diversity Council.”

Eileen Faust, Digital editor, The Mercury 
Eileen is the only 21st Century Media finalist. Some words from Nancy March, who nominated her:
“Digital editor Eileen Faust utilizes design in creating special features for pottsmerc.com. She has won awards for blog and special project page design on our website and would benefit from this conference to learn more about the programs and applications available for creative digital design. She is also the hardest working person any of us have ever met, and the reward of extra training at a conference would be a nice acknowledgement.”

If you have any questions about the contest, the entry process or the workshop, please leave a comment or email me directly at cmarch@digitalfirstmedia.com.

Chris March

By Chris March

Chris March is the community engagement manager for Digital First Media and the editor of Inside Thunderdome. Contact him by email at cmarch@digitalfirstmedia.com or follow his shenanigans on Twitter: @marchmcfly.

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