In April, applications to join the yearbook committee are posted on the outside door near the yearbook lab.
One month after you have been selected to be a member of the yearbook club, the adviser will host meetings during the summer and assign each staff member their new roles and drive to multiple business areas to have businesses purchase and place their ad in the yearbook.
However, it’s not only the amount of staff members you need to have in order to run a successful yearbook committee: it takes creativity, motivation, driven students who are willing to learn how to adapt to many challenges they never underwent in their many years of schooling. For example, I was on the yearbook staff during my sophomore and junior years as a class editor from August 2009-May 2011. The writing styles for the yearbook vs writing a class paper changed my perspective in many ways. I loved writing but my format and vocabulary needed tweaking. My sentence structuring was a mess because the details I wrote were not self-explanatory and out of order. Therefore, it takes a while to get out of one’s comfort zone and will start to realize how much it helped joining the staff overall. It helped enhance my writing and photography skills which is why I love writing and posting photography to this very day.
Here are the main components to run a successful yearbook committee:
- Create a theme for the yearbook and ask the staff to create a layout for the book page.
- Along with the theme, assign your staff members sports pages, extracurricular and division pages. Create a deadline and have each grade member check their sentence structuring, punctuation and spelling mistakes (3 times) before closing the page to be sent to the yearbook company (Walsworth, if using Online Design).
- Ensure the division pages match the theme of the yearbook and list the accomplishments to which each class succeeded throughout the school year(s).
- Create an Excel spreadsheet with their contact information, assignments and deadlines.
- Over the summer, assign them to take pictures and grant them access to Adobe Photoshop for photo editing, turn the wording above the picture upside down, etc.
- Grant them access to two of the yearbook staff professional cameras during and outside school hours for their assignments only. Or request them to purchase a camera at Best Buy they can take and use to upload photos with a SD memory card.
- And artwork is essential for running a yearbook because the pages are colorful and full of memories that will live onward.