NY Times and SP Times dominate SND awards

Dim view from a crowded jail 

Seven works of multimedia journalism have been honoured with awards from the Society of News Design.

Dim view from a crowded jail (picture above), produced for tampabay.com by the St Petersburg Times, was recognized for bringing together “photos, statistics, and the voices of inmates and guards”.

Judges cited the reporter’s first-person soundslide on being inside in such crowded conditions. “The package was interesting, well done, easy to navigate and full of interesting information arranged intuitively.”

Another winner that I particularly liked was the New York Times’ interactive graphic depicting how often various words were used in each of the US presidential State of the Union speeches from 2001 to 2007. Try comparing “terror” or “Iraq” with “environment” or “climate change”.

The New York Times won three awards in all, and the St Petersburg Times won two. The Philadelphia Inquirer and teen-focused Channel One each had one winner.

It would be good to see the awards spread more widely. So, multimedia journalists: here’s how to enter your work for the next SND.ies.