June 21, 2010 / Staff Fun

Some books that belong in the yearbook room

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

If you haven’t wandered over to the Idea File area in a couple days, take a look at this story that was posted last week by good friend of the Yearbooks Blog – retired Florida adviser Anne Whitt.

One of the best ways to teach the craft to all the aspiring journalists in your classroom is to encourage reading. Whitt provides a list of 20 or so autobiographies and memoirs that provide a historical perspective on journalism.

Ideally, staffers can read books like this and learn some valuable lessons. If nothing else, many of the stories are just fascinating looks at historical events.

What extra books would you keep around the shelves of your journalism room? We’d love to hear some ideas.

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.