Back Where It All Began

Chicago will play host to the next SND Annual Workshop & Exhibition from April 4-6, 2019 in the city where the very first Society for News Design workshop was held 40 years ago in 1979. SND’s partner is Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism; the event will take place at the Medill downtown Chicago campus and the nearby Swissotel, both right on the Chicago River.

APRIL 4-6, 2019

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Optimal Inspiration
& Useful Training

SND CHICAGO: Three days of talks, training, community and inspiration about the future — and the now — of storytelling, visual journalism and news products across all mediums.


Speakers & Schedule

We have announced our early schedule. Check it out below. We are planning three days of talks, training, workshops and social events around Chicago — plus the annual SND awards. We will be continuing to add speakers and sessions, so let us know if we’re missing something.


Three Locations in the Heart of the City


Medill’s downtown Chicago location at 303 E. Wacker offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. This new modern workspace was designed to be both inspiring and reflective of the changes happening in today’s fast-paced, social and technology-driven climate, preparing students to take their careers in media into the future.


With a walkway to Medill’s downtown campus, the Swissotel, located at 323 E Upper Wacker, is a modern location for the larger gatherings of SND CHICAGO. Attendees will usually assemble here for all-hands activities and events. The Swissotel also offers several spaces that make it easy for SND workshop attendees looking for a respite close to the action.


Register for a hotel room now: SND has secured a room block at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which is just across the Chicago River at 301 E North Water St. The hotel is a short walk from the venues where workshop sessions will be held. The room rate is $179 per night and is available for SND attendees from April 3-7. We suggest registering now. Rooms will sell out.


Partners & Supporters

Thanks to our generous sponsors for their help with this annual workshop in Chicago

Reach out to Kat Marshall and Matt Mansfield to learn more about sponsorship


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