19 Walsworth Yearbooks schools named CSPA Crown Finalists

Eighteen 2017 yearbooks from Walsworth Yearbooks schools were among those announced as 2018 Crown Award Finalists by the CSPA.

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Idea File Magazine

Several years ago, I attended the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute and came away with a plan to expand and grow our journalism program. At that time, I was the yearbook adviser and wanted to not only improve the yearbook, but revamp our struggling journalism program that includes newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine, as…

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Help your student photographers improve with plenty of practice and informal and formal critiques When it comes to photographers, it can be hard to know how to help them grow and how to keep them motivated. There is no panacea. Trust me, if there were, I’d have bottled it and sold it for some serious…

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September 20, 2017 / Coverage / Fall 2017 / Idea File Magazine

Whether your yearbook is organized in traditional format, chronologically or a combination of the two, an effective beat system ensures complete coverage throughout the year. Spice up beat selection by hosting a draft day to motivate your staff to get off the sidelines. Collaboration tools such as Trello can take beat management and communication on…

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September 14, 2017 / Ask Mike / Coverage / Fall 2017 / Idea File Magazine

“Suzy, you are going to be the academics editor of the 2018 yearbook.” These words strike pride, excitement and dread into academics editors across the country. Why? Let’s explore that for a few minutes. Yes, you have a great responsibility. You are in charge of a portion of the book. Yes, a portion that could…

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In a professional development class called “Universal Design for Learning” (UDL), I was introduced to many new strategies to make learning accessible to all my students regardless of ability. One of the strategies is called “synectics,” which derives from the Greek “syn” and “ektos,” and refers to the fusion of diverse ideas. In practice, students…

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It’s time to start thinking about your next yearbook. Even though this year’s book is not finished, you need to think about what you can do this spring to ensure a smooth transition from one book to the next and from one staff to the next. While your current staff is busily covering the current…

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March 31, 2017 / Spring 2017 / Staff Management

In the midst of creating this year’s yearbook, it’s hard to look ahead and get motivated to start next year’s book. However, the best yearbook years start well before the first day of school. Early preparation starts with more than just idea generation. In fact, it begins with identifying and training new and returning staff…

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