Why Consider the Yearbook Staff?

There are many reasons to join an extracurricular activity, especially the yearbook staff. Here are some reasons why you might consider joining:

1.) Creating Unforgettable Memories-Creating a yearbook is not just about jumping in and writing up interviews and posting pictures in the layout, it’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime as well as building many friendships with the adviser and staff.

2.) Gaining a Journalism Perspective-It’s not just about one perspective of how the yearbook staff should run its course and how to lay out the theme. It’s about teamwork and digging under the microscope until you understand both sides of a story and work your hardest to beat the deadline, edit your work until you receive the green light, which represents that your work is ready for publishing.

3.) Advertising Experience-Each member on the staff will have to run to different places in town and ask businesses if they are willing to put an ad in the yearbook. Sometimes people will tell you “yes,” and there are those who tell you “no.” Don’t feel discouraged because you are receiving a taste of how the real world functions. Advertising experience will help you become a people person and learn how to prepare you for a job in retail.


Considering to Learn More Through Internships:

Hopefully, I can get an internship for next semester because I do need more experience learning how the field of journalism works. In other words, what to expect from my bosses and editors.

Thus far, I’ve been on the yearbook staff for two years in high school, intern at a local newspaper station in my hometown, worked as a photographer for my college digital online newspaper (still considering to do more work for them) and blogged for the past three years.

Some experience is better than none, but it’s important to have the drive and dedication to work hard to get the story right and published. Deadline driven, as I should become. I have considered that I need to learn more by going from one internship to the next until I graduate in the spring.

Being positive and always communicating with the editors will help open the doors. It’s never too late to connect with them while still in college, working on my Bachelor’s degree.