Instead of This, TRY THIS – Planning Your 2021 Coverage

Planning your yearbook coverage is a whole new ball game this year. Previous years may have allowed you to take last year’s ladder and tweak it for the upcoming year, but some schools are completely reimagining their coverage approach. That may sound scary, but it’s actually a great thing!

Kayanna Pham

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October 26, 2020 / Fall 2020 / Middle School Moment

Preparing Middle School Students for High School Middle school students are enthusiastic, energetic and ready to learn; however, they lack basic skills needed for high school journalism. These helpful tips will prepare students for the advanced journalistic writing they will encounter in high school. Begin with Basics Start with summary writing – who, what, when,…

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Being a boss and friend with your yearbook staff can be a tough balancing act that can take a couple of tries to get down. Because you have likely worked with some members before you were editor and others may be new to staff, each member will need something a little different from you. You…

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October 16, 2020 / Ask Mike / Coverage / Fall 2020

How many new words and phrases have entered your vocabulary since March? Social distancing, mask mandate, virtual learning and now, time to add another phrase to the vocabulary: crowdsourcing. You may ask, “What is this crowdsourcing and why would I need it for the yearbook?” Let me explain. The staff wants to do a spread…

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October 14, 2020 / Fall 2020 / Photography / Picture This

Sure, we’d love every outdoor event to occur during a 70-degree golden hour with a light breeze that fades into a magical sunset, but the reality is that rain happens. And this year in particular, we must take advantage of every opportunity to get sports photos, rain or shine. Just because you feel a few…

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October 13, 2020 / Coverage / Fall 2020 / Idea File Magazine

With schools beginning in a distance-learning format, we’re forced to reexamine yearbooks. If our yearbooks are going to be memory books, reference books, public relations books and – perhaps most importantly this year – history books, then journalistic, interview-based copy is a crucial component of our 2021 yearbooks. For those who have relied on pictures…

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October 9, 2020 / Curriculum / Fall 2020 / Staff Management

Grading yearbook is challenging. The bulk of yearbook work is focused on a final product, everyone has different deadlines and assignments, yet you still must keep assignments going into the grade book to meet school policy. This can be achieved by dividing assignments into four categories: weekly, quarterly, semesterly and overall assessment or classwork. While…

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October 8, 2020 / Fall 2020

Yearbook staffs took on the challenge of working from home and created some of the most beautiful and innovative yearbooks we’ve seen. Many became so popular that more were printed to meet the demand. I chatted with four advisers about how they finished their books from home, what they learned from the experience and how…

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September 17, 2020 / Coverage / Idea File Magazine

Taking a chronological content approach might be the best way to make sense of this unprecedented year. The sequence of content distribution requires deciding how to organize pages in a way that hooks the reader into the story, keeps their attention with an interesting and logical flow of information and doesn’t block signature submission. Here’s…

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Let’s talk about quick reads. First of all, what is a quick read? You may call them another name – sidebar, secondary coverage, mod, even side salad. No matter what they are called, they have an objective; tell a story or give more information about a story in short, digestible bits. Given that the readers…

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