Fall Into Coverage
Everyone has a story within the school — and it’s the job of the yearbooker to capture and tell that story. Challenge your staff this fall to make this your most inclusive book yet.
For Yearbook Advisers
Coverage Starts With an Interview
Take the total number of students in school and divide by the number of yearbook staff members. For example, if you have 1200 students in school and 20 staff members, that would be 60 students per staff member. Over six weeks, that would equal 10 interviewed students per week or two per day. If each interview lasted 5-7 minutes, that would mean devoting about 10-15 minutes per day to the activity.
To motivate staff members to pace themselves in getting the interviews completed on a timely basis, devote five minutes a day to sharing your responses. Reward the staff member who shares the best story.
For future reference and use, create a database that can be accessed by all staff members during spread planning and production times. If reporters take this activity seriously, you will gain incredible insights into your students’ lives and will have remarkable stories in their own words.
Once a quote has been used, you can boldface it or color it to signal to other staff members that this reader and his/her quote has already been included in the book.
A learning curve to the art
Journalism is a craft that takes years to learn. It’s like golf. You never get it right all the time. It’s a game of fewer errors, better facts, and better reporting.
— Ben Huh
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