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.
Every good yearbook writer should be on the lookout for the best ways to tell a story. It’s just a matter of putting yourself in the right place, getting out of your comfort zone, and taking a few simple steps.
Despite not going into a field related to journalism and print media, my experience on the yearbook staff, including a year as editor-in-chief, at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md., has helped me succeed in my career as a software engineer. Just as I would edit and write copy then, now I edit code through code reviews and write using code.
As final deadlines are hitting for many yearbook staffs, it might be the right time for your staff to consider an all-night work night.
Taking the reins of a yearbook staff is scary, and reorganizing the staff sounds like the worst idea coming into your role as editor-in-chief. But change can be your friend if you approach it confidently and trust your team.
Engaging in ice breakers during the first few weeks of a publication class is normal. What is rare is continuing to play these games throughout the school year.
Organization is key! Wait, isn’t that a cliché? Yes it is, and although every yearbook adviser or experienced yearbook student tells you to never use one, this is the exception to the rule. To have a successful yearbook staff and yearbook, you have to be organized.
At our small, private all-girls school, Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov in Chicago, the upcoming graduating class votes at the end of their junior year for the position of editor-in-chief. It sounded like fun to us, so we ran to sign up.
Creating a yearbook can be one of the most gratifying aspects of high school, but it can also be a particularly thankless and stressful job – especially when submission deadlines roll around.
In my progression from beginning journalist to editor-in-chief, I have attended three JEA/NSPA fall national conventions: 2008 in St. Louis, 2009 in Washington, D.C. and 2010 in Kansas City. All have provided invaluable opportunities to me personally and to our entire Cambia staff at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo.