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One thing that I have to watch carefully with my staff is that the yearbook not turn into a senior scrapbook. The senior editors keep coming up with wonderful ideas, but they don't include underclassmen. The worst idea was when the PTCO sold new hoodies that had "Class of 08--bow down...

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One thing that I have to watch carefully with my staff is that the yearbook not turn into a senior scrapbook. The senior editors keep coming up with wonderful ideas, but they don't include underclassmen. The worst idea was when the PTCO sold new hoodies that had "Class of 08--bow down to your elders." The seniors on the yearbook staff thought it would be so amazing to use a picture of some freshmen bowing down to a couple of seniors. I nixed that idea!

The yearbook needs to represent all students and be a chronicle of the school year--trends, fashions, school events, local events, national events, etc.

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When I was a yearbook adviser, I stressed to the staff that a yearbook is a publication of journalism and the same rules apply. Cover newsworthy school events, get the story straight, and spell the names right. Really, a yearbook answers the who, what, when, where, why, and how, just as a news story does. In directing these questions to the school year as it progresses, a comprehensive history can be compiled. A yearbook must be accurate because it does become an important historical record. Every school keeps an archive of yearbooks for that reason. Sometimes a yearbook is used to prove someone's identity. They have even been known to become evidence in court hearings.

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The first thing we focused on every year as we tried to come up with a theme is: what makes our school unique? What do we have that no one else does? What makes us proud and identifies us as Jaguars? (our mascot). We then made a huge brainstorming list and began to narrow it down from there. The yearbook needs to tell the community and future students who was at the school that year and what they did to make a difference and make it 'their year'. The more events you can cover, the more students you can include the more the yearbook will say. Also, I disagree somewhat with #2. Yes, a yearbook is that year in pictures, but students love to see things they've said in the book too. You may not get every kid on camera but you can snag those kids for quotes and get their names in there.

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A yearbook adequately and accurately portrays the year in question, the people of the school (students, teachers, custodians, and other "behind the scenes" types), the fads of the year (price of gas, newest electronics, politics, current events), major school happenings (sports, clubs, freak occurrences--this year, for instance, our school missed 9 days due to an ice storm which knocked out power to some of our students for as long as 45 days, senior superlatives, senior quotes, dedications).

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I was a yearbook adviser during 2001. During that time, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists.  Our cover was of a patriotic pattern.  You may choose your school colors as your cover, original student artwork as the cover, or some other pattern offered by your publisher.

You want to show in pictures who attended school and worked there. You want to include special activities such as sports, clubs, field day, dress-up days etc. You want to include class favorites, prize winners, club members.  Use as few words as possible as this is a collection of photos.

Finally, your yearbook publisher may include the "world events" at a small extra charge.  We did include that since it was 2001, and our world was rocked by 9/11 events.

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When I advised a year book, I always tried to ask two guiding questions:  1) What do people want to see every year?  2) What was unique about this school year?   From here, I could derive my third question:  How can this yearbook best depict those two things in words and pictures.  But do remember this, unlike literature, the yearbook is a picture book- pictures are the things.  I would never sacrifice photographs to put in more words.  One only needs enough words to remind, not necessarily inform in a yearbook.

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