Prepare to be inspired – fall Idea File magazine now out

In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’ve redesigned Idea File. Come check out all the interesting reads, useful information and inspiration examples.

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November 13, 2019 / Coverage / Fall 2019

Yearbook staffs work tirelessly to promote yearbooks as something as natural to the American high school experience as the events they record. But for those of diverse ethnic backgrounds, yearbooks may be unfamiliar. Three schools from different communities had one important factor in common: a large demographic whose first language was not English. El Dorado,…

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October 31, 2019 / Coverage / Staff Management

It’s a spooky time of year: the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the first big deadline for yearbook staffs has either just passed or is looming. Yearbook is a rewarding endeavor, but sometimes mistakes or oversights can cast a dark shadow on the entire project. These are some of the…

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August 1, 2019 / Coverage

Long, lazy days at the pool. Sidewalks so hot you could cook an egg on them. The summer sun blazing down upon your shoulders. BBQs at your best friend’s house. Camping out at the lake. Hot days and starry nights. All things that could describe the dog days of summer. It’s a phrase that can…

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June 28, 2019 / Coverage

As I head into my 23rd year in education – my fifth as middle school yearbook teacher, I feel more confident than ever in my abilities. Of course, being a somewhat obsessive reflective educator, that road of reflection brings me back to those items  I feel need improvement. That reflective little devil on my shoulder…

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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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