Yearbooks are made up of 16-page signatures, always beginning with a right-hand page and ending with a left-hand page. In the printing process, a signature is a large sheet of paper on which eight pages (a flat) are printed on each side. After both sides have been printed, the sheet is folded and cut so the pages are in book form.
When Steven Covey penned his bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he might have visited the typical yearbook room beforehand for ideas. In many of these rooms are the most productive, creative and effective people on the planet.
This is not to say that all yearbook staffs are well-run machines. The ones that struggle may benefit from these tried-and-true methods used by highly effective yearbook staffs.
Imagine students at your school participating in online media sharing. Not just at home, but on school time using school computers, and the administration not only condoning it, but participating.
There is no need to imagine — that reality is here with ClassScene, which will allow students to create a social network of photos and videos in an environment where schools can verify the identities of all network participants, as well as review and control all media files published to the network.
No matter if you are in charge of a staff of seven or 17, there are several essential keys to holding a productive, organized, smooth-running staff meeting. For starters, organization is a must!
Yearbook staffs view the index like the mom with four children contemplates her youngest child’s baby book. Ideas for what to put in it are few, and time is limited. Because yearbook staffs wait until the last deadline to think about the index, the section is often only a boring gray list that students open simply to find their own names. But the index can be a section in itself, an archive with sidebars, group shots and group coverage. Assign a staff member to the index and let them use one of these five simple ideas to give it a little flair.
One reason yearbook advisers and staffs create yearbooks is they enjoy the idea of preserving history. But the thought of archiving images for history’s sake makes even the bravest advisers tremble.
Part of that fear relates to the enormity of the project. If your school is decades old and no archive exists, there are years of images to save, protect and make accessible.
While there are several ways to tackle this project, it will never be done unless it is started. And for your efforts, you and your staff could become school heroes.
When looking at budget cuts, you might wonder what local school board would cut the “Critical Thinking in Today’s World” class.
But yearbook and newspaper teachers and advisers know that when schools consider dropping the journalism program, that is exactly what they are doing — cutting a program that teaches critical thinking, leadership and time management, among other adult skills.
1. Genuinely inquisitive, always asking why
2. A master listener, understanding that most people love to be heard
3. Very observant and given to detail; able to describe scenes to the blind
John Hersey was one of the first journalists on the scene on Aug. 6, 1945, after the Americans dropped an atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima. He took a catastrophic event and described it through the emotional stories of six people who had been in the city: a minister, two physicians, a widow, a young factory worker and a Catholic priest. At that moment, he contributed significantly to the world history everyone studies today.
The idea for this article came about one day when searching for an alternative to using parenthesis in a document. Someone told me they represented a whisper to the audience, and if I needed to whisper something then it might not be worth saying. Personally, I tend to skip over anything in parenthesis, thinking it is usually data not essential to the paragraph I am reading.