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Friday, April 21 • 2:45pm - 4:30pm
PANEL: Design hubs — efficiency *and* creativity? sponsored by RJI

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Centralized printing operations were the first wave of productivity enhancements for news operations. That led to better equipment (one good press can be better than a handful of older presses), improved quality control (easier to monitor and adjust one than a dozen), and usually results in better delivery from plants located near major roads. But what about design and layout… and copy editing? In this wide-ranging discussion, you’ll discover there’s no one-size-fits-all… and that these hubs often create other important content creation capabilities. Interested in exploring a design hub for your organization, or what it takes to work in a design hub? Leaders from the leading design hubs/centers will share their insights in the double-session sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute - Missouri School of Journalism. We'll examine the current state of the state of life in the nation's leading shared design centers, and include information from clients of these hubs, and lessons learned.

RJI is proud to continue a tradition of sponsoring content and speakers at the SND Workshop for several years. Some past notables include: Trina Chiasson, Dan Archer, Paul Bolls, Alex Remington 

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Brian Steffens

Communications Director, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Brian Steffens is a veteran communicator with executive-level experience in newspapers, magazines, digital media, public relations and news association management. For more than four decades, he’s led change and innovation in photojournalism, color, typography, design, packaging... Read More →

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Tom Clifford

Vice President, Center for News & Design, GateHouse
The Austin-based Center is the hub for centralized page design, copy editing, content development and digital publishing. At the moment, 67 daily newspapers and 160 weeklies are produced in Austin – including commercial clients such as the Dallas Morning News, The Oklahoman and... Read More →
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Tracy Collins

Director, Phoenix Design Studio at Gannett, Gannett
Tracy Collins is director of Gannett’s Phoenix Design Studio. He formerly was senior director of operations (including design, graphics, editing and photo) at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. He joined The Republic in 2000 after a 10-year stay in Pittsburgh. At the Post-Gazette... Read More →
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Michael Donnelly

Editor, Lee Design Centers
Donnelly is the editor of the Lee Enterprises Design Centers in Madison, Wisc. and Munster, Ind., managing the daily operations, training and strategy for the two design hubs, which service 45 daily newspapers and nearly 300 specialty publications in 21 states. Having worked with... Read More →
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Tim Frank

Senior Director of Print Innovation, Advance Local
Designer, Illustrator, Photographer, Manager, EducatorPreviously with the Gannett studio in Asbury Park and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.Founded NewsPageDesigner in 2002.timothyfrank.comTwitter: @tmfrnk... Read More →
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Robin Johnston

Director, McClatchy News Desk East, McClatchy
Johnston started designing features pages for The Chicago Tribune in the early nineties, a time she thinks of as the Rococo period of journalism, notable for the detail and playfulness that marked designs of the time. In the twenty years since, she has watched as changing habits in... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Carolina A+C Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204