InDesign is my favorite Adobe product. Boom, I said it. Photoshop? Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Illustrator? Thanks for letting me make so much stuff! But InDesign? It takes the cake. Invitations, magazines, programs, agendas, assignments, presentations, yearbooks, newspapers, and, and, and, and… Yeah, you can …
Welcome to the publication’s classroom! While some of you are walking through the doors to the room in August for the fourth year, for others it may be the first time. No matter how much experience you have though, there is always more to learn …
When choosing an angle for your news story, you need a peg for it to hold onto. “Why is this newsworthy?” becomes the question. Answering that finds your peg and your angle, the focus of the story.
At the start of the writing process, you need to determine the news value.
There are eight news values to consider for your news peg. As my students often forget their options, I created a poster for the classroom to add this year as a reminder.
I always explicitly teach these as vocabulary and then spend a ton of time identifying them within current news cycles at the start of the school year. As time goes on, I always find kids become less and less able to recall them.
Being able to identify the news values helps student journalists understand what types of stories they should be telling in their news site or yearbook.
In yearbook, we do less timeliness and more human interest. These types of stories stand the test of time and emotionally involve the reader. In the past year, we’ve written about an athlete who experienced changes throughout his whole life, but kept baseball as a constant. We also wrote about how a student used cosplay as a means of self expression and exploration. These stories have a heart.
Currency topics are explored in our secondary coverage because they help cement that year down. I want to remember the trends and topics just as much as the people of the year. Yes, they are cringey later. That’s the point. Explore slang, clothing trends, music, social media usage and anything that feels unique to that moment in time. Be a time capsule.
Think about the news values often when writing and researching, and you will see an improvement in the value you create with your work.
Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct copy of another design you’ve seen. Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct copy of another design you’ve seen. Your yearbook or news designs should never, ever be a direct …
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If you don't know what LQTQ is, this is a good time to hop on the JEA curriculum and learn. While not all articles and yearbook copy need to be in LQTQ, it is the basic format.
Poor caption writing is one of the biggest complaints I hear from advisers. I don't feel like I properly grasped it until the end of my third year advising. This is a breakdown of how I approach it now. I use it as a reminder for students after I've taught it explicitly in class.
I require one of these each quarter from every student. They usually don't like them, but these days developed their photography skills and portfolio more than anything else I've done.
And those are a few of the things that keep this ship sailing month to month. I hope they help keep you guys afloat 😉
*This was originally presented at spring FSPA 2019.
Over the course of the year, students and advisers work diligently to not make mistakes. They analyze copy for grammar or spelling errors and check spacing with a critical eye. They compare yearbooks from other schools, envying enviable theme packaging, story and yearbook design. But …
The point is just this: You’re not going to have a beautiful publication unless you plan it, work on that plan every day and you work hard. There’s a lot that goes into creating a simple, elegant design package for your yearbook or magazine layout. …