Deborah Winkles’ teaching career brought her back to the Odyssey yearbook at Urbana High School this year. What she’s discovered is that while students haven’t changed, the technology certainly has.
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Spring is in the air… stop pulling out your hair! Whether your staff is pushing through spring sports and prom pictures or celebrating turning in the very last set of proofs, this is the perfect time of year to have some much-deserved, much-needed fun.
This past summer, Walsworth published its New Adviser Primer – a document designed to help new advisers get organized and off to a successful start in their first year on the job. That Primer was so well received that we’ve produced a Spring Addendum to guide first-year advisers through all the tasks they need to be aware of at the end of the year.
Building and balancing staff morale is not an easy task. On the Musket staff at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif., we spent a few years trying different activities, strategies and processes, and hit upon a blend of these that assisted in creating a positive, productive environment.
Many yearbook staffs have already begun hitting final deadlines and putting the final touches on this year’s yearbook. But you still need to prepare for Distribution Day! And you can with our new Distribution Primer.
Students with a gripe about the yearbook will still grumble in the halls with their friends. Now, they have an additional avenue to vent – Facebook and other social media.
Tom Schloen thinks about the theme his East Rockaway High School yearbook staff developed for the 2013 yearbook, and when he tells you what it is, in light of everything that’s happened over the past six weeks, it’s almost impossible to believe.
After the winter holidays, in the middle of producing the current yearbook, the time arrives for students to select their classes for next year. For you, it is time to recruit next year’s staff.
My calendar on my desk reads like a roadmap of my chaotic life. It is ringed with coffee stains. Highlighted, double-checked and scratched out appointments and deadlines are scrawled across each week. But anyone familiar with the world of yearbooks knows a little bit of chaos is what keeps this industry running.
Staffs need all hands on deck, every person contributing in their own way. But if your staff is properly trained and cared for so they feel needed, you can turn even the do-nothings into do-somethings.