This was originally intended to jumpstart the news website upon our return in January from winter break. I see myself modifying it though, with the help of my staff, to be a more permanent way to run our cycles. It’s basically a menu for students …
After an extensive debate at the yearbook editor table, we came to the conclusion that an increase in accountability was necessary. Enter: the mini-deadline.
I find that it is nearly impossible for me to assign everyone the same deadlines throughout the big deadline. We can all start and finish a deadline at nearly the same time but copy and photos may be done at drastically different times because events and organizations and sports are at drastically different times. When we cover them varies.
I thought back to one of the Michael Simon’s podcasts I listened to while painting my bathroom two summers ago when someone said mini-deadlines were key. I loved this idea and now I had an opportunity to enter it into a way that made sense for my staff, where expectations were all over the place.
The idea for this is that the staffer and the editor agree on the item requested and the completion day and time. These tasks are typically one-two days in length. Not only does that help me get in some needed formative grades, but there is accountability for students who aren’t doing things on time.
We’re only implementing these in yearbook right now since our deadlines stretch from two to four weeks at a time. So far, the editors love them. My plan is to start using them with my editors, as well.
Alternative copy took the yearbook world over quickly, and there is no great surprise why. With professional publications creating content with variety and interest, scholastic journalism would, of course, follow in those steps. And now we have.
Alternative copy for yearbook means you don’t always stick to traditional LQTQ format when writing main stories. Instead, the structure of the content conforms to the content itself. Now, stories have the opportunity to breathe and dance and play in a way that only can happen if we are thoughtful and creative in our storytelling approaches.
The link to download the alternative copy presentation is below. Here, we review the different story forms used in the Odyssey yearbook.
Presented originally at FSPA fall workshop.
We practiced this all during our boot camp the week before school starts, but you may have missed it. Or, gasp, forgotten it. So let’s review.
First, this file is the original presentation we viewed to go over the basics of how the camera works and what most often is harming your photos. The simple, easy-peasy basics.
Understanding these concepts and applying them is essential to the first quarter of the program. From here, we want you to practice with more complicated settings and strategies, that we will slowly introduce.
Try to form habits with these by reviewing the presentation and your notes often and always before going out to shoot. Practice + reflection + practice + reflection + practice… you get it. The more you do this, the better you will get.
And we’re here for you! When you bring back your photos to sort, invite an editor to sit with you to review what you can do differently next time to improve, as well as what you’re getting right. Feedback is food for your progress. Feed it often.