Senior Year Division Story Example for Yearbook Staff Committees:

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.”

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).

To Middle School Journalists: Attend Events

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.

To Middle School Journalists: Starting a Blog on WordPress As Extracurricular Activity

Middle School Journalists,

If you enjoy writing, snapping photography but are uninterested in joining an extracurricular activity at school currently, you can create a blog on WordPress.com because it involves sharing your experience with the world, regarding what you have learned in school thus far and the events you have attended for the first time.

Here are some directions in order to get started on WordPress as a blogger:

#1: To get started, click on “Get Started”–>Start with a blog–>Option to select website theme or skip for now–>Give your website a name address–>Create a free or premium account and create account by typing in your email address and creating a password for WordPress.com

#2: After you create your account, explore your “blog theme” for your website by clicking on: My Site and hit “themes.” You can select one that is either free or do it premium. Afterwards, hit “activate” and see what happens on your website.

#3: In order to create a blog post, scroll your mouse to the top right hand corner and click “write.” As you will notice at the bottom right hand side of the screen, there are “categories” and “tags.” Categories refer to your post topic. In other words, if you plan to write about your first experience as a blogger, you can create a category and label it as “Blogger Experience” whereas tags are used for essential keywords you use to highlight the post of the day. For example, “blogger” or “getting started.”

To Middle School Journalists: Writing Yearbook Story Paragraph Layout

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 in a few months to come. 

High School Journalists: Choosing A Particular Journalism Field

Journalism isn’t always about writing and reporting repetitive stories five days a week. In fact, you choose a particular topic in the journalism field you are experienced at and go from there. When I mean “particular journalism field,” this can be defined as what stories do you have experience in? What are your strengths and weaknesses for writing these types of stories? How can you improve?

Here are some examples down below to help you identify what journalism field hits you close to home:

  • Investigative Reporting
  • Local News Reporting
  • Weather Reporting
  • Sports Reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • World Events
  • Pop Culture

WordPress is the Best Blogging Site:

On July 28, it will mark my fourth year anniversary of blogging on WordPress and thus far, I’ve had the best experience on here even though the layout for writing a post has changed.

Why is WordPress the best blogging site? Because it offers many tools to help you publish your work. And because you gain more opportunities to meet other bloggers on here than you will on Blogger. Once you gain an audience and publish more material, it will continue to grow. Don’t think twice and sign up for WordPress.com. As much as this sounds like an advertisement, my advice is: Spend as much time blogging on here as you can because it will help you gain advantages and knowledge that other blogging websites do not provide to you for free. For example, website layouts related to your theme. The themes are phenomenal.