September 16, 1997 / Coverage / Fall 1997 / Interviewing/Reporting

Searching for a story? Look to your students

Written by Idea File Staff

“A yearbook shouldn’t be full of topics,” according to Brady Smekens, adviser of the Deka yearbook staff at Huntington North High School, Huntington, Ind. “Rather, it should tell the story of students. In the process, the topics get covered.”

The list of story ideas on this page will help editors brainstorm for coverage unique to their school and the current year.

Rites of passages

  • first kiss
  • first date
  • first traffic ticket, etc.
  • parent booster clubs
  • popular lingo
  • pranks
  • body art

New school firsts

  • first touchdown
  • first detention
  • first school lunch, etc.
  • volunteering
  • personalized car plates
  • parking lot woes
  • school security
  • teen pressures
  • measuring up to older siblings
  • bumper stickers
  • passing time activities

Alternative sports

  • ultimate frisbee
  • paintball
  • skateboarding, etc.

Other ideas

  • Friday nights
  • church youth groups
  • how students learn
  • holiday traditions
  • staying motivated while being second team (sitting on the bench)
  • personalizing lockers
  • student home pages
  • super heroes
  • over-extended students
  • faculty quirks
  • what people collect
  • grandparents
  • field trips
  • weighted grades
  • riding the bus
  • jobs
  • inhibitions
  • lost and found
  • student car culture
  • tardy/absence excuses
  • behind the scenes at football games
  • children in parent’s class
  • cost of playing sports
  • biggest fears
  • favorite expressions
  • raising funds
  • what makes a leader
  • when teachers went to high school
  • riding the fan bus
  • driver’s education
  • what makes a good teacher
  • moms in the stands
  • ACT/SAT testing
  • choosing a college
  • sports injuries
  • first day of school
  • game day superstitions
  • cartoons students watch
Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.