Which One Do You Prefer: Online Design or Adobe Photoshop?

As a former yearbook staff member, I learned how to navigate my way into using Adobe Photoshop and Walsworth Yearbook Online Design products. I definitely enjoy using both of these tools because it enhanced my ability to create yearbook and photography book layouts. What’s different about these tools are:

  1. With Online Design, you simply pick out and drag page formats onto the layout whereas with Adobe Photoshop, you have to create a page layout from scratch.
  2. On Adobe Photoshop, it’s essential to know which tool you have to use in order to copy and paste images onto the page layout (Rectangular Marquee Tool).
  3. If you are using Online Design to create your yearbook pages, you will eventually  realize how it is such an easier product which does not challenge you with your creative skill set to build a yearbook from scratch. Adobe Photoshop challenges you to do the work on your own.
  4. And with both of these products, you have to create your own background.

Both of these products are amazing but each yearbook member should be assigned to create their own project using Adobe Photoshop because it helps the staff challenge their skill set as well as helping them improve their ability to use different tools they were not able to use before and personally, I believe both products are great because it can give you a whole different perspective in regards to what you can learn from Online Design vs Adobe Photoshop. No matter how different the products are, you can adapt to both in no time. It takes patience, dedication and time consumption.

Which would you prefer? Adobe Photoshop or Online Design? Why?

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Inspiring to Be a Journalist? Click Here For Tips

When we read stories about someone writing a story, we are unsure if they are journalists or citizen journalists (bloggers) unless we end up on a major news networking website where tons of stories about political and current events are located for viewing, commenting and sharing across the social media platforms. If you have an inspiration for journalism, here are some tips you can consider before making the final call:

  • Look at all different forms of journalism and pick the one you have the closest ties with. In other words, if enjoy writing about sports, become a sportscaster or sports writer.
  • After you select which section of journalism you would like to work as, do your research and find other journalists in that particular area. If some of them are alive and active on social media, send them a message and ask for their advice.
  • Step three, create a blog and write about those events you’ve attended with a particular writing style. Sports has one way of reporting which team won/lost while investigative news pertains to crime.
  • As this cannot be stressed enough, participate in internships and extracurricular activities that relate to your particular field of interest.

Live and learn from these opportunities. Don’t let them come by and slip away. Experience from these events will help open the doors for you in ways that yet you cannot imagine.

Need Experience Under Your Belt? Reach & Snatch for More Opportunities at Hand:

No matter what grade level you are in at this point, if you need to grab more journalism experience under your belt, reach and snatch for more opportunities as quick as you can. Do not expect the opportunities to come your way. Relying on luck and family connections do not guarantee you instant opportunities. You must have previous experience in journalism (writing & reporting news, photography and video skills) to continue.

In all honesty, if you want to be a journalist but are introverted, communication is key. Work in retail for a few years and you will learn how to associate with customers, coworkers and your supervisors. The reason for retail? Because it will help you enhance your ability to speak with the public.  Here are some opportunities you can snatch while on summer break:

  1. Attend concerts and conventions where you will meet famous people. Interview them about their work and you will get an idea what they are about.  Blog about your experiences and what you have learned from attending these events.
  2. Partake in extracurricular activities at your school. For example, join the newspaper and yearbook committees. Learn about these clubs and how they communicate with teachers and students differently.
  3. Make sure you go the extra mile and intern at a local newspaper where you will write stories, snap photographs and deliver newspapers.
  4. Lastly, when you find a story in your hometown that was not covered, jump on it immediately and begin the interview process after gathering information in regards to what the story is about. Write your story, edit it and you can do one or two things with this story (A: Ask your local newspaper if you can publish an article) or (B: Blog about the story before anyone else publishes it).

Yearbook & Newspaper Journalistic Techniques:

The newspaper and yearbook committees have different journalistic techniques to them but still abide by the same standards regarding the fair and balance of each story they write, report and share with the school. For the newspaper staff, they have topics to choose from and write from scratch. In other words, they create a list of questions, interview and come back to the room to write a one to two page story. Unlike the newspaper staff, yearbook members split their topics and each person is sent out to do a small interview for a few minutes. After the students walk back to class, they have to write kickers, captions and upload pictures they took of the interviewees.

Newspaper Journalistic Technique (Difference):

  • Write the first paragraph regarding what happened at a certain event
  • Write about the person/people they interviewed and what they had to say about a certain topic
  • Write one to two page stories
  • Writing style must be in past tense
  • Work is published using Adobe Photoshop/Microsoft Word and other programs

Yearbook Journalistic Technique (Difference):

  • Writing style can be used present and past tense
  • Writing kickers and captions
  • Underneath the kicker and caption, they must write what the interviewees said
  • Requires taking and uploading pictures
  • Using Adobe Photoshop to lighten or darken the images
  • Essential to attend events in order to get an interview
  • Mainly publishes school events, extracurricular activities, photos of teachers, students and faculty
  • Work is published via online design

Yearbook & Newspaper Journalistic Techniques (Similarities):

  1. Both require experience with writing and photography
  2. Publish ads to make money
  3. Use kickers and captions to match the personality of the picture and point of view

 

Yearbook Advice: Division Page Story

If you are a new student working on a high school yearbook staff and need help writing a story for your graduating class, there is one example which will be listed down below. What is a division page, you ask? It’s a page where you tell stories about your graduating class and what you all have together accomplished as the years go by. In other words, if you are a sophomore, you can write a story about the class of 2022’s experience starting off as underdogs of the school and how you all came together to avoid the “terrifying upperclassmen” stereotypes.

Usually, the division page stories are one long paragraph which covers activities, pep rallies, pranks, etc.

Example 1: “Freshman year went by in the blink of an eye. Here we were, greeting each other in the cafeteria at orientation and now we have one year of high school experience completed under our belts. From the time we walked in those front doors and waving our parents goodbye, it was symbolic enough to say our future will be held in the hands of our present and future teachers. As we proudly chant with our class at the pep rallies and partake in extracurricular activities, we must take pride in our hard work and avoid the high school stereotypes at all cost. To the class of 2022, we must raise a toast to one another for surviving our freshman year and here’s to many more memories we will make in the upcoming school years.”

If you are still struggling and need another division story idea, please do not hesitate to comment down below.

Back to School Today:

It’s my first day back to school as a senior in college. I look forward to meeting my classmates and professors for this semester. Sure, it might be difficult by taking a marketing and an accounting course, but determination will help you get through it. As long as I don’t procrastinate and always do my homework ahead of time. Not to mention, purchasing textbooks before attending class for the second time which can be quite expensive at the school’s bookstore. Luckily, there is a website that you can rent at a lower price. When I have plenty of time on my hands, it’s good to walk to my two favorite places on campus: 1.) Recreation Center-where I can exercise for one hour and 2.) The library-where my homework can be completed and not have to worry about doing it at home. Since my classes are already showing online where I turn in my assignments, I have written down the majority of my assignments and quizzes that have deadlines stretching from August until the end of November, in my calendar. It’s nice to look at the syllabus before attending class and visualize what the professor will be assigning to the class.

However, to those who are going to college for the first time, have a great day and I wish you the best of luck out there. Remember though, have fun and take some free time to enjoy what your university offers. In other words, join some extracurricular activities. If you are a writer, write for your local university newspaper. Life is too short to focus on one thing at a time. Go out there and reach your goal to your highest potential. Never let opportunities slide by.