Richard Epps, presentation editor of the Detroit News, announced this week:

Carolyn Chin Watson has been named News Design Director of The Detroit News.


Carolyn’s superb work on the news and features design desks stands out in such a way that this well-earned role became the natural next step for her to have an even greater impact on the look of our newspaper.

Carolyn has been a full-time designer at The News for four years. She also spent a year as a part-time designer for us while she was in college. Carolyn also has served internships at The Denver Post and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Carolyn is a fine ambassador for The News in the journalism community. She is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, currently a national advisory board representative and a past chapter president. She also is an active member of the Society of News Design.

In her new role, Carolyn will take a lead role in our news design work, with a special focus on 1A design and special project work. She will work to improve our advance planning throughout all news and sports pages. She will utilize her CCI ExpertUser skills to help improve our Layout Champ workflow and best practices. She will also work with the other design editors to cultivate ways to increase discussion and critiques among designers both before and after publication.

A 2010 graduate of Wayne State University, Carolyn served as editor-in-chief of the student paper, the South End.

A few samples of her work:







Find Carolyn’s web site here, her online portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.