Yearbook for your ears with WYPN
Written by Sarah Scott
When people think of yearbook, they might think of writing, photography or design. Listening is probably not high on the list, but we’re looking to change that with the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN). Podcasts are a convenient, entertaining way to absorb information. WYPN helps us make yearbook even more accessible.
WYPN’s two inaugural shows, Ask Mike and Yearbook Chat with Jim, each take a unique approach to yearbook podcasts.
Ask Mike, hosted by Mike Taylor, CJE, educates listeners on the pillars used to build a great yearbook. Taylor was an award-winning yearbook adviser before becoming Walsworth’s journalism specialist.
In the first podcast episode, he discusses finding a yearbook theme with his guests, former JEA Advisers of the Year Susan Massy and Cindy Todd. In upcoming episodes, he’ll continue to build on essential skills used to tell a better story with their yearbook. He’ll cover the steps advisers take in the summer and how to prepare students to conduct great interviews.
Yearbook Chat with Jim, hosted by Jim Jordan, shares the stories of the people creating yearbooks. Jordan spent 35 years advising an award-winning yearbook before joining Walsworth as a special consultant after retiring from teaching.
In his first podcast episode, Jordan talks to three everyday yearbook advisers as they reflect on their first years. In upcoming episodes, he’ll continue interviewing people with a compelling yearbook story to tell. Episode two will feature Sarah Lerner, the yearbook adviser who helped her students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas finish their yearbook after a school tragedy put them in the national eye.
We hope you check out Ask Mike and Yearbook Chat with Jim. Both podcasts can be found at walsworthyearbooks.com/podcasts and are widely available on most podcast listening platforms, like iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.