How we're facing new challenges

Dear SND members and friends,

I wish you all the best at the start of this new year.

As incoming president of the Society, I am looking forward to working with all of you in 2008. I am always impressed by the dedication and devotion of so many SND members. As we face myriad challenges in our industry, we are becoming an even more vibrant group. These are exciting times and we need to pull together to remain relevant and vital to the industry.

When elected, I made a commitment to help expand SND as an international organization. Last spring, the board approved a proposal to form a partnership with Ifra, and our first steps have included joint promotion of our training and events on the Web site and via e-mail. I'll be working with our international director, Hans Peter Janisch, to push this forward.

Also on the international scene, SND is in discussions for form an affiliate in China. Lily Lu of the Star-Ledger in Newark has offered to serve as a liaison as we work together with visual journalists in China. We hope to have a proposal for board approval to create a Chinese-language affiliate by the April 6 meeting in Las Vegas.

Latin America is exploring a regional newspaper design competition. Alex Belman of Record in Mexico City and Gabi Schmidt, Region 11 director, will recruit an organizing committee from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. This increased activity in Latin America is especially exciting in advance of our 2009 workshop in Buenos Aires!

The board has worked together and accomplished much in the drive to be the central organization for visual journalists around the world. As we continue to develop our Web site, we are offering more benefits to our international membership. The Blog is lively and provides links to our worldwide regions.

New challenges are everywhere. Newsrooms are in transition and many are in the process of reinventing themselves. SND, as a global organization has the potential to become an inspiration and a resource for these journalists everywhere.

We are putting significant effort into addressing the huge growth in online journalism where print and the Web converge. SND will strive to become a leader in this integration. Quick Courses have become so much more relevant with more hands-on workshops, and we're helping traditional print designers in making the transition to new skills.

Meantime, expect to see increased visibility for the Society's Web awards, The SNDies: The Best of Multimedia Design, which recognize achievement in this fast-growing area. The multimedia designers and artists in this amazing new arena are creating inspirational work. We should all take notice.

I am also making a commitment to help SND's Foundation president, Bill Gaspard, mark the upcoming 30th anniversary of SND with a major fund-raising effort for the Foundation. Watch for more details on the Foundation's expanding outreach on snd.org.

We are making good progress on many fronts, but there is still much to do. I am asking all of you to join me in keeping up the effort to ensure the Society is moving forward. Our organization is needed more than ever!

If I can help you in any way, please be sure to e-mail me.

Gayle Grin
SND President

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