CSPA names 24 Walsworth Yearbooks schools Crown Finalists

Twenty-four of Walsworth Yearbooks’ 2018 yearbooks have been named a 2019 Crown Award Finalists by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

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November 9, 2018 / Coverage / Interviewing/Reporting

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.

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February 19, 2018 / Photo Quest / Photography

Much like shooting sports photos, capturing the peak moments in plays and musicals requires planning and good shooting technique.

To paraphrase Hamlet, “the play’s the thing” where the conscientiousness of the yearbook photographer is discovered.

At most schools, there will be spring plays and musicals in the coming months ahead, which will provide an opportunity to try out the ideas and techniques discussed here.

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January 26, 2018 / Coverage / Design

When you need information pulled out and explained further, or in a different way, consider using pie charts, surveys, lists, quote boxes, timelines, tables and fast-fact boxes to tell the complete story – and leave readers pleasantly full.

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January 15, 2018 / Interviewing/Reporting

Below is list of common excuses you might hear from yearbook reporters, after they’ve had a bad interview and they return with bad information. Fortunately, good interviewing skills can be taught to help counter each of these excuses and help every student on yearbook staff – even the shy, quiet ones – become more confident interviewers.

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November 13, 2017 / Coverage

The sports section of your yearbook will be some of the most fertile ground for interesting feature stories. Are you currently stuck and looking for sports story ideas?

Take a look at the list below and see if you can find a sports feature idea that makes sense for your school and applies to your yearbook.

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September 27, 2017 / Coverage / Design / New Advisers

A recording of yesterday’s live webinar with Walsworth’s Mike Taylor, CJE, Not Your Mama’s Yearbook, is now available for viewing. Taylor spent an hour talking yearbook trends.  The discussion focused on all the reasons and ways yearbook staffs should be bringing their 2018 books up to date and not simply sticking to traditions. The presentation…

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September 20, 2017 / Coverage / Fall 2017 / Idea File Magazine

Whether your yearbook is organized in traditional format, chronologically or a combination of the two, an effective beat system ensures complete coverage throughout the year. Spice up beat selection by hosting a draft day to motivate your staff to get off the sidelines. Collaboration tools such as Trello can take beat management and communication on…

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September 14, 2017 / Ask Mike / Coverage / Fall 2017 / Idea File Magazine

“Suzy, you are going to be the academics editor of the 2018 yearbook.” These words strike pride, excitement and dread into academics editors across the country. Why? Let’s explore that for a few minutes. Yes, you have a great responsibility. You are in charge of a portion of the book. Yes, a portion that could…

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July 5, 2017 / Coverage / Coverage Spotlight

For many yearbook staffs, summer break is a time for brainstorming theme and cover ideas at yearbook camp, and staff bonding and training while getting ready for the new school year. But student life doesn’t stop during the summer, which means lots of fun, fascinating stories are going on out there in the world –…

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