Monthly archives for February, 2015

Yearbook Index: more than just names & numbers

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As a reference tool, readers go to the index to find content (people, sports,clubs, classes, etc.). But it can be more than a sea of type.
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Re-boot your yearbook program with a field trip

Traveling to a state or national journalism conference can change you, your staff, and your journalism program. Attending a convention makes your students aware of the possibilities and the importance of great storytelling.

By interacting with students who share their passion and networking with professionals, your staffers will blossom.

Besides the national events hosted by CSPA, JEA, and NSPA, most states have a state organization that holds a journalism convention. So join your state press association and take your students on a field trip. The benefits that come with participating in these conventions is priceless.

Helpful Resources
Below are a few resources to help you find and plan to attend a convention.

Why Conventions Matter

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention

State/Regional Press Organizations

Not just a face in the crowd: group pic tips

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Most people would rather work on their taxes than handle group and team pictures for the yearbook. It can be tedious. Group shots are an important historical reference. Below are 10 things to consider when dealing with club and team pictures.
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Celebrate your love for yearbook

In elementary school, there was always a Valentine’s Day party. Each student decorated a shoe box and exchanged cards. Everyone left with a stack of friendly love notes and a lot of candy.
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Pacemaker Finalists wow judges with high-quality photojournalism

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Fifteen Balfour schools were selected as National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Yearbook Pacemaker and Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Pacemaker finalists.

Yearbook Pacemakers are awards for excellence in American student journalism, given annually since 1927. The awards are considered to be the highest national honors in scholastic journalism and are unofficially known as the “Pulitzer Prizes of student journalism.” Being named a Pacemaker finalist is the last step toward winning this prestigious award.
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