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April 30, 2004 / Coverage / Design / Spring 2004

Mall crawling is an inexpensive means to collect ideas for yearbooks

Teens are familiar with their local mall — the location of their favorite stores, favorite eating spots and the best places to hang with their friends.

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April 30, 2004 / Coverage / Spring 2004

Homecoming. There is a football game. Sometimes it is warm, sometimes it is cold, and sometimes it rains. A king and queen are crowned. The queen always cannot believe she has been chosen. Then there is a dance, and students — well, they dance.

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April 30, 2004 / Copywriting / Spring 2004

Mimi’s scream was almost primal. “I hate headlines!” rang out louder than OutKast from the back room. And yet, despite such agony, I knew I was winning.

After 14 years at a Texas high school, I spent my first year at Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kan., asking students to polish, refine and redo. I was evil incarnate.

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April 30, 2004 / Design / Spring 2004

When Megan Fontanoza joined yearbook her senior year, she had no idea the adviser had already pegged her to be an editor. She soon learned she would have to design a section of the yearbook. But since she had no experience in graphic design, she would need a quick education and a lot of inspiration. To pull it off, Megan consulted with other editors and watched them develop ideas for their own designs. She saw them spending hours flipping through books and magazines, flagging pages and sketching out ideas.

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April 30, 2004 / Spring 2004 / Staff Management

Brainstorm. Any word with “storm” in it must be fairly intense. When you brainstorm for story ideas, dozens of thoughts are going through your mind at once. You may be using your brain, but brainstorming can be a gut-wrenching process. However, there are ways to capitalize on the process to make it more useful. Brainstorming for story ideas is a year-round activity for the yearbook staffs at three high schools where the advisers have tried-and-true methods for helping their students through the process.

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April 30, 2004 / Copywriting / Coverage / Spring 2004

The writer, Abby, told me they were like a family — sisters, really. But for some reason, I could not imagine a home with the closet space to accommodate the 32 members of the drill team. And there was another thing — something hard to place, like a melody to a familiar song but with slightly new wording.
Had I heard this story before?

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