Nine Walsworth Yearbooks schools named 2018 NSPA Pacemaker Finalists

Nine 2018 yearbooks from Walsworth Yearbooks schools were among the high school and middle school books announced as 2018 Pacemaker Finalists by the National Scholastic Press Association.

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November 9, 2018 / Coverage / Interviewing/Reporting

Trying to come up with an interesting idea for a yearbook feature story? Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with a unique angle, but the fact that you’re trying means you’re on the right track! “A yearbook shouldn’t be full of topics,” according to Brady Smekens, former adviser of the Deka yearbook staff at Huntington North High School, Huntington, Indiana. “Rather, it should tell the story of students. In the process, the topics get covered.” The list of story ideas on this page will help editors start brainstorming for coverage unique to their school and the current year.

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November 8, 2018 / Podcasts

We’re excited to introduce Behind the Byline, a new show from the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN). Hosted by Evan Blackwell, CJE, Jenica Hallman and Sarah Scott, Behind the Byline explores the possibilities opened up by scholastic journalism. All three hosts have a background in high school and/or college publications. In each episode, they interview…

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November 5, 2018 / News

Fourteen Walsworth Yearbooks schools placed in the Best of Show contest this past weekend at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago, including two who placed first in their category. Le Flambeau of Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City, Missouri, finished first in the Yearbook 232 or fewer pages category. The…

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November 2, 2018 / Podcasts / Walsworth Live

Thousands of scholastic journalism students are attending the JEA/NSPA Scholastic Journalism Convention in Chicago, and Yearbook Chat with Jim is bringing you a taste of the activity! Recorded live at host Jim Jordan’s session on Friday, Nov. 2, Jordan brings his characteristic friendly style, poignant questions and enthusiasm for all things yearbook to a live…

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November 2, 2018 / News / Walsworth Live

After more than 160 entries flowed in over the course of the past two days, two yearbook advisers won fully stocked mini fridges for their yearbook staffs during Friday afternoon’s prize drawing in the Walsworth Yearbooks booth at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago. Rachel Becker, yearbook adviser from Ben Franklin High…

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November 1, 2018 / News

It’s not often that students from one school can claim first, second and third place in the same competition category, but students from El Camino Real Charter School did just that! Six yearbook students from the Los Angeles high school competed at the California State University Northridge (CSUN) Journalism Day in partnership with The Los…

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October 31, 2018 / Photography / Podcasts

Prepare to laugh. In this week’s episode of Ask Mike, host Mike Taylor, CJE, brings in photography expert Mark Murray. These two have been friends for a long time, and they’re not afraid to rib each other and crack jokes at their own expense. While listening, you’ll definitely crack a smile. More importantly, you’ll learn…

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October 30, 2018 / Copywriting

Good leads begin stories. Bad leads can finish them. If the first couple of sentences don’t make the reader feel helplessly curious and compelled to continue, your body copy won’t be read. Yearbook leads don’t sum up the entire article like newspaper leads. Instead, they give the reader a tempting taste of what lies ahead without necessarily addressing the main point of the story. They can tease, mislead, startle, amuse – anything that will invoke the reader’s curiosity. Study the following types of leads. Learn to write more creative and effective leads – leads that are real attention-getters.

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October 29, 2018 / News / Walsworth Live

The 2018 JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention comes to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago this week and Walsworth Yearbooks will be in the Windy City and in the middle of the excitement. Fun in the booth The convention’s exhibit hall will be open on Thursday and Friday, and Walsworth Yearbooks will have…

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