Hello high school yearbook staff committees: Here is another division story example to provide you with. And remember, it’s important to include the yearbook theme in your division stories because the stories about your graduating class have to match the overall theme. Otherwise, every random sentences you write about without adding information which is supposed to match the theme will not float very well and most likely to be the worst division story to be written.
Theme example from previous post: “The Zombies Awaken.”
Seniors–> “At last, we have now reached our final year of high school together. From survivalist to walking zombies of the school chain, we have achieved things we never thought would be possible. For example, managing to pull an all-nighter in order to finish our advanced and increased homework assignments as well as filling out college applications and pulling together as a team to make sure our graduating class gets the recognition it needs. As we reach the end of the tunnel, it is with great sadness to say goodbye to our high school career and say hello to the real world where we will have to survive the zombie apocalypse on a seven-day, 24 hour stretch. To the class of 2017, we are the zombies awoken and nothing will stop us from lurking among these halls.”
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure you go the extra mile and intern at a local newspaper where you will write stories, snap photographs and deliver newspapers.
- 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).
#1: Go on Adobe Photoshop and click on “File” and hit “New.” With preset, hit “Photo.”
#2: Download the photos and then load onto Photoshop
#3: Use the rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste the photos onto the “photo board.”
#4: To shrink or image the photos, use the rectangular marquee tool and right-click on “free transform.”
To put it bluntly for those who love writing but feel the need to isolate yourselves from reality, here is my advice to you: “Never isolate yourself for too long. It can become extensively boring and you will never be able to understand what it takes to become a writer unless you go out and attend events you’ve never been to before. What you gain from your experiences will change you for the rest of your life.”
In other words, what you learn from your good and bad experiences, will change how the way you see things, think and feel as a writer. Do not be afraid to speak your mind and make sure you gather your facts before posting for the entire world to view. Sometimes what you hear and see are not always as truthful as you think it might be. Get out of the house for once and have fun. Life is too short to stay inside on a daily basis.
In middle school, you are learning how to expand your vocabulary and speak in front of a large class. But if you love writing and have an interest in joining the yearbook staff, here are some story ideas you can write about regarding your graduating class:
#1 Paragraph: Describe the beginning of your graduating class. First impressions matter the most.
Example: When we entered our first year of middle school, it was difficult to communicate with one another since we came from different places. Learning to know each other took a bit of time and effort but now we understand ourselves at a faster rate since we have completed our sixth grade together.
#2 Paragraph: Describe experiences from beginning to end.
Example: At our first pep rally, we had a blast. From winning the spirit stick to befriending seventh and eighth graders to field trips and joining extracurricular activities, our sixth grade experience has been once in a lifetime memorable flashback we will never forget.
#3 Paragraph: Conclusion.
Example: To conclude our first year of middle school experience, we welcome the upcoming sixth grade class to join us at a meet-and-greet orientation where our class speaks among the crowd regarding our experiences and how they can enjoy their first year without stressing out as to how many homework assignments they will have to complete on a daily basis. Congratulations class of 2023, we have accomplished one year and look forward to spending time with one another within the next few months to come.