December 5, 2016 / Coverage Spotlight

Homestead spread provides example of personal sports coverage

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

As a new addition to our Yearbooks Blog series of Spotlights that so far has included Cover Spotlights and Photo Spotlights, we’re excited to start sharing Coverage Spotlights whenever we find interesting, unique or just well-written coverage by yearbook staffs.

This week’s Coverage Spotlight comes from the 2016 Tartan yearbook from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, and takes a closer look at one of the book’s football spreads.

Sports coverage in your yearbook is fine when it covers the basics of what happened on the field. It’s certainly important to document history. But what makes your year and your book unique are the personal stories of the athletes away from the field.

The 2016 Tartan staff accomplished that in the spread seen above (and at this link) about two sets of brothers, who were also teammates on the football team. The profile article written on the four players explained the depth of their relationship, which included a friendship that went all the way back to grade school.

A nice touch came with the two photos on the spread, one of the four Homestead players posing before their final football game together, contrasted with a similar photo of the four boys together when they were much younger.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.