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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 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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Every year, the process of creating the yearbook for the next year begins. So much time and effort go into the planning, organizing, collaborating, writing, shooting, designing – the creation – that it’s valuable to step back and discuss just whose book is it you are creating. How you view your audience and the ownership…

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High school journalists covering politics in the era of President Donald Trump face a daunting challenge. A polarized electorate makes it ever more difficult for any reporter to toe the line of objectivity. Scholastic journalists, particularly those working for yearbooks, face an even bigger hill to climb as they face possible pressures from sources, fellow…

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In case you were needing some good news, the spring 2020 issue of Idea File magazine is now out! This issue is full of great content that will motivate you as you finish this year or inspire you for next year. Head over to walsworthyearbooks.com/ideafile to see a digital edition of the magazine, read articles…

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