November 19, 2009 / News

Rhode Island joins the ranks of colleges looking to boost senior portraits turnout

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Last year, only 12% of the senior class at the University of Rhode Island got a picture taken for the school’s yearbook. That didn’t sit well with the yearbook staff, who has set out this year to improve that number.

As related in this article in the URI student newspaper, co-editor Jenn Lashinsky said the staff has been placing banners around the Student Union, stuffing mailboxes with fliers and created a Facebook page for the yearbook, among other things.

So the URI yearbook is stepping up the efforts. What initiatives have been going on at your school this year to boost sales? Or at your college, how are you increasing portrait turnout?

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.