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.”

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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?

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: 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. 

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