The Possibilities are endless

Walsworth Yearbooks just completed Vol. 8 of Possibilities. Our ideation book filled with 868 yearbook examples from 248 of our elementary, middle school, high school and university yearbooks around the country. 

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February 14, 2019 / Ask Mike / Podcasts

A beacon for student journalism, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) is only weeks away from its 95th annual Spring Convention in New York City. What better time for Mike Taylor, CJE, to interview the organization’s executive director, Ed Sullivan? For the first episode of the Ask Mike podcast’s second season, Taylor and Sullivan discuss…

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February 12, 2019 / Photography / Photoshop/Illustrator

Journalism, whether written word or photographic image, cuts a window in which to see clearly the dark complexities of our world. Truth is the frame around that window. Without truth and the trust that derives from it, the noble profession and service of journalism in high school or society as a whole becomes a wasted exercise in killing trees.

Advisers need to set the tone for ethical standards on publication staffs, whether they use Photoshop or not. They need to work with editors to print a guidebook that sets the bar for legal and ethical issues.

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February 4, 2019 / Podcasts

What happens when hosts of two different WYPN shows get together on the same episode? It turns into a fascinating 55 minutes of fun for the listener. To kickoff the second season of Yearbook Chat with Jim, host Jim Jordan interviewed Walsworth’s Mike Taylor, CJE, the host of Walsworth’s Ask Mike podcast, and the entertaining…

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January 31, 2019 / News

While many schools are in the midst of deadline season, Walsworth Yearbooks just completed our eighth volume of Possibilities. This fresh-off-the-press, ideation book is filled with 868 real-life, sure-to-inspire yearbook examples from 248 of our elementary, middle school, high school and university yearbooks around the country.  The Backstory Possibilities is produced bi-annually by Walsworth Yearbooks…

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January 29, 2019 / News

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced on Monday that Melissa Falkowski of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, had been named the 2019 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Falkowski, the former yearbook adviser who now works as an English teacher and media adviser at Stoneman Douglas, will receive the…

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January 28, 2019 / Copywriting

Are your readers actually reading your yearbook? In many cases, the answer is “no,” and with good reason.

Most yearbooks are not written to be read. Yearbook copy tends to be a collection of non-compelling facts put together too lazily and too hastily, without regard for the reader. While that is a harsh indictment, it is often true and it is nothing new.

Hey, you worked hard on the yearbook — wouldn’t it be nice if people read it? Instead of dull and lifeless facts, stories should be a collection of interesting people caught in defining moments — moments that reveal character and personality.

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January 24, 2019 / News

Jim Jordan, Special Consultant for Walsworth Yearbooks and former yearbook adviser of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, and Crystal Kazmierski, former yearbook adviser of Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redlands, California, were among the 10 educators to be announced as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award today by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Jordan,…

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January 22, 2019 / Systems of Success

Whether it’s your first year as adviser or your 30th, one ongoing task that you will always be working on is recruiting. Each and every year, you must find willing, talented, hard-working students and convince them that they want to sign up to be a member of staff and help create the book with you.…

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January 17, 2019 / Podcasts

Scholastic journalism can lead people in many directions. For Anna Elizabeth James, it led her to making films. In a highly competitive, male-dominated industry, James sill leans on the lessons and work ethic she learned from her time as a yearbook editor. Joining the Yearbook When she began writing, James knew she had at least…

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January 3, 2019 / News

Students from Walsworth Yearbooks schools won 17 of the 36 Sweepstakes prizes in the 2018 Yearbook Excellence Contest, when the results of the annual contest were announced on Thursday by Quill and Scroll. Sweepstakes winners The yearbook staff from Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redlands, California, were among the big winners with six Sweepstakes winners in Class B, which…

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