Many yearbook staffs have already begun dealing with their first page deadlines of the year over the last couple weeks, and many more will be tackling deadlines in the weeks ahead before winter break. It can be a challenging time for everyone. But deadlines don’t have to be stressful. Take a look at these posts…
Your yearbook staff can make some New Year’s resolutions for the 2014 book, especially since production is really about to hit the stretch run for many staffs. Here are some ideas!
The ladder represents the blueprint for the coverage plans for the year, and those plans can change. Unlike a Jenga tower, the whole book is not going to collapse if you have to move things around. Build your ladder in a way that allows for adjustments, if necessary.
Creating a yearbook can be one of the most gratifying aspects of high school, but it can also be a particularly thankless and stressful job – especially when submission deadlines roll around.
For most advisers and staffs, work on the yearbook doesn’t come to a complete halt over the holidays. There’s likely still copy to be edited, and proofs to be reviewed, maybe even a deadline to meet. If that’s the case, here’s a few helpful editing tips to keep in mind for your work over the break.
Organizing for the yearbook deadline can sometimes be an overwhelming task, but taking the following tips under advice may make your task much easier to handle.
Give a well-organized, enthusiastic, go-getter type the responsibility of advising the yearbook and she still may be reduced to a sniveling, jumbled-mumbling zombie by the second deadline (it is impossible to remember first deadlines – too hideous). What is it about yearbook deadlines that makes them so elusive many schools admit missing some, most or even all of them during the year?
In my limited experience as a yearbook adviser, I have learned so much about myself and just how far I can push seventh and eighth graders. Let me explain.
During my first year as an adviser, I pleaded and begged, but deadlines were barely met and typos and fuzzy pictures were printed. Then our book arrived. It was a step up from previous books, but it was not their book or the story of their year. It was the way I, the grumpy old adviser, saw the year.
Not fair and not fun, right?
Computer file management only needs two ingredients to be successful: simplicity and a willing staff. Consider the system used in 2004-2005 at Shawnee Mission North High School. It was simple so the staff used it, and it aided grading.
Without deadlines, chaos would reign in the world of yearbooks. Nothing can be done to get rid of deadlines and the stress they cause. But technology can reduce the amount of time submission takes, providing more time at deadline. More time at deadline means less time being stressed.