Prepare to be inspired – fall Idea File magazine now out

In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’ve redesigned Idea File. Come check out all the interesting reads, useful information and inspiration examples.

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Photography

November 7, 2019 / Ask Mike / Photography / Podcasts

Mitchell Franz, from Yoakum, Texas, wanted to be a writer when he was a kid. He joined his school’s journalism program, where the small staff size mandated that everyone take photos for their publications. With encouragement from his adviser, Paula Adamak (now Walsworth Yearbooks rep Paula Griffin), he fell in love with scholastic journalism and…

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Pictures help tell the story of the year in a way that draws your readers into your book. They can educate, illuminate, entertain and make our world a more beautiful place. Eye-catching photos will grab your attention and improve a yearbook spread beyond measure. In a world full of iPhones, Androids and countless types of…

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May 28, 2019 / Photo Contest / Photography

It’s summer! For most yearbook staffs, that means it’s a time to start planning for summer workshop and preparing for next year’s book. You need inspiration, which is why we will be updating our most popular Design Showcase galleries over the next month with new work from 2019. First up is a brand new gallery…

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February 12, 2019 / Photography / Photoshop/Illustrator

Journalism, whether written word or photographic image, cuts a window in which to see clearly the dark complexities of our world. Truth is the frame around that window. Without truth and the trust that derives from it, the noble profession and service of journalism in high school or society as a whole becomes a wasted exercise in killing trees.

Advisers need to set the tone for ethical standards on publication staffs, whether they use Photoshop or not. They need to work with editors to print a guidebook that sets the bar for legal and ethical issues.

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October 31, 2018 / Photography / Podcasts

Prepare to laugh. In this week’s episode of Ask Mike, host Mike Taylor, CJE, brings in photography expert Mark Murray. These two have been friends for a long time, and they’re not afraid to rib each other and crack jokes at their own expense. While listening, you’ll definitely crack a smile. More importantly, you’ll learn…

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September 26, 2018 / Fall 2018 / Photography / Picture This

“Who took the photo at the last football game?” “Didn’t the photo of the mascot get saved somewhere?” “What’s the file name for that great photo of the drum major?” I remember these conversations in my classroom. I remember the frustration. I remember asking advisers and others about ways to keep photos and photographers organized.…

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