Chris Snider – Professor and digital marketer

Chris Snider is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Des Moines, Iowa. He teaches classes in social media, web design, video editing, audio editing, storytelling and more.

About Chris

Chris Snider has spent his career pushing for innovative and creative ways to tell and present stories in print and online. He’s currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University in Des Moines. Chris has a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Drake University.

Chris teaches undergraduate classes in social media strategy, multimedia, digital media strategy and web design. He also teaches graduate classes in Drake’s Master of Communication Leadership program and in the MBA program.

He was previously assistant managing editor for digital innovation at the Des Moines Register, editor of Juice magazine, news design director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a designer at the Baltimore Sun.

Chris Snider is a strong proponent of simple, clean design. He has been a leader in how media companies use social media, mobile and search engine optimization.

If you would like to have Chris talk to your group or business about how the digital world is shaping the future of media, you can contact him at csnider(at)

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About Chris Snider Design

This is my freelance business, dedicated to helping companies, organizations and businesses be successful in the digital space. I’m available to help you with web design, search engine optimization, social media, analytics and training/speaking.

I would love to speak to your organization about the following topics:

  • Creating compelling video with your smartphone
  • New technology in communications: Drones, sensors, data, internet of things
  • Search engine optimization
  • Getting started with WordPress
  • Social media strategies
  • Introduction to multimedia journalism (video, audio, photography)

More about Chris Snider

Chris Snider has a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Drake University. He lives in West Des Moines and has two children – Henry and Maddie. Chris’ wife, Laura, is an author and criminal lawyer.


Honors and Awards for Chris