Staff Management Through Team Building

By Jessica Young, MJE

Your yearbook staff needs to be organized, understand each other and work together. Use this unit to get, and keep, everybody on the same page.


Community is essential in any cooperative learning environment. In a class or club like yearbook, students need to be comfortable working with one another and supporting each other. Activities like ice breakers and warm-up games help break down potential barriers that students have and make it easier for them to bond with their fellow staff members. Creating a supportive, caring and comfortable learning environment will ensure that student staff members are connected to their yearbook community.

Building strong leaders is also important. The most effective yearbook staffs are led by students and guided by advisers. This change in roles can be challenging for both students and teachers, but through practice and coaching, students can learn to be effective teachers for their peers. By putting students in charge, teachers empower their staff leaders. Student leadership allows for a focused, driven and student-centered yearbook staff and publication.

In this unit, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities on a yearbook staff, and how to work together to build a stronger staff.

Jessica Young, MJE

Jessica Young, MJE, teaches photography and advises the yearbook and newspaper at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif. Young was named a 2012 Rising Star by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She is the President of the San Diego Journalism Education Association and was co-chair of the local committee for the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego in April 2014. Young also is a member of the Quill and Scroll board of trustees and directors. In her spare time, she writes a blog called Bake Me Happy, filled with recipes and thoughts on life.