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November 9, 2018 / Coverage / Interviewing/Reporting

Searching for a story? Look to your students

Written by Idea File Staff

Updated by Walsworth Yearbooks

Trying to come up with an interesting idea for a yearbook feature story? Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with a unique angle, but the fact that you’re trying means you’re on the right track!

“A yearbook shouldn’t be full of topics,” according to Brady Smekens, former adviser of the Deka yearbook staff at Huntington North High School, Huntington, Indiana. “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 start brainstorming for coverage unique to their school and the current year.

If the ideas below aren’t enough, you can find 100 story ideas for your sports section here. A quick glance at some of the unique things yearbook staffs have done in our Coverage Spotlight series might help too.

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

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 web 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.