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November 9, 2018 / Coverage / Interviewing/Reporting

Searching for a story? Look to your students

Written by Idea File Staff

Updated by Walsworth Yearbooks

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.

If the ideas below aren’t enough, you can find 100 story ideas for your sports section here. A quick glance at some of the unique things yearbook staffs have done in our Coverage Spotlight series might help too.

Rites of passages

  • First kiss
  • First date
  • First traffic ticket, etc.
  • Parent booster clubs
  • Popular lingo
  • Pranks
  • Body art

New school firsts

  • First touchdown
  • First detention
  • First school lunch, etc.
  • Volunteering
  • Personalized car plates
  • Parking lot woes
  • School security
  • Teen pressures
  • Measuring up to older siblings
  • Bumper stickers
  • Passing time activities

Alternative sports

  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Paintball
  • Skateboarding

Other ideas

  • Friday nights
  • Church youth groups
  • How students learn
  • Holiday traditions
  • Staying motivated while being second team (sitting on the bench)
  • Personalizing lockers
  • Student web pages
  • Super heroes
  • Over-extended students
  • Faculty quirks
  • What people collect
  • Grandparents
  • Field trips
  • Weighted grades
  • Riding the bus
  • Jobs
  • Inhibitions
  • Lost and found
  • Student car culture
  • Tardy/absence excuses
  • Behind the scenes at football games
  • Children in parent’s class
  • Cost of playing sports
  • Biggest fears
  • Favorite expressions
  • Raising funds
  • What makes a leader
  • When teachers went to high school
  • Riding the fan bus
  • Driver’s education
  • What makes a good teacher
  • Moms in the stands
  • ACT/SAT testing
  • Choosing a college
  • Sports injuries
  • First day of school
  • Game day superstitions
  • Cartoons students watch

17 Responses to “Searching for a story? Look to your students”

August 17, 2013 at 3:06 am, Timmy said:

I understand that everyone is asking for more detail and scenarios. But what you all must understand is that these are just some of the possible ideas that you could cover at your school. Some may not even apply to you. What you need to do is take some of these and re-invent them in a way that applies directly to your school. You don’t necessarily have to follow the ideas given. You can use them as a rough draft and build from there. As a journalism student, its up to us to create a scenario and figure out the exact ways that we wish to present them to the public.


November 26, 2013 at 11:47 am, Laeken said:

Well, the reason the people below need more detail is because they’re dumb and don’t know how to come up with stuff of their own. DUH! Those are just a list of things you can make your story about. Why the heck do y’all need a scenario? To copy it or something?


April 07, 2014 at 6:37 pm, Angelika Nelson said:

I agree with the author’s opinion



April 08, 2015 at 6:44 pm, Jaymond Pandey Chhetri said:

I think that it should be just the ideas on here and if you want an example, then use that brain of your and think of a senario. Your brain isn’t just there to take up space, it’s for us it use and be creative.


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Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.