Jill Mankoff 2017-08-25 05:19:37
ADVICE FOR STARTING OR GROWING A YEARBOOK The first year I did yearbook, our head of school rejected our theme proposal. The administration gave us clear feedback: the theme needed to reflect the story of all students. This theme proposal was the first ever made at my school. As a new yearbook team at a new high school division of an old school, The Nueva School in San Mateo, California, we had a rocky road ahead. Months of work were thrown away, and we quickly prepared a new theme proposal incorporating the feedback. Despite our hard work , our classmates barely cared about the addition of a theme to our yearbook. Some were even angry at the change, arguing that the previously plain yearbooks were better. We listened to them and noted their responses, but forged ahead in our own path. When our 2017 yearbook was distributed last spring, no students complained about the yearbook theme. No one complained about the longer captions or the articles or the cohesive design. Instead, people voiced their appreciation for the changes. As my friends gave me comments, the same phrase came up frequently, “This must have taken so much work.” Starting a yearbook team from scratch is difficult. It requires working closely with the school administration. Students must work together to decide positions, assign tasks and learn photojournalism skills. It was demanding but incredibly rewarding. When friends asked why I put so much effort into yearbook, I explained how I wanted the school to have a beautiful, all-encompassing record of the school year. While the plain photo collages we had before were fine as an internal publication, our new yearbook tells a story about the school that anyone can understand. I also value the friendships I have formed through sharing work and stressful deadlines. I have four pieces of advice for those growing a yearbook or starting a new one. BE PATIENT. Not everyone will be happy with the changes at first, but if you are patient, people will come to appreciate your hard work. Constantly ask for feedback and make sure students feel their opinions are valued. Parents and administrators also will have feedback on your changes. BE FOCUSED. Even when things get difficult, you must stay focused on your goal. There is no quitting in yearbook, only managing tough situations to make them better. There will always be bumps in the road, but good planning can overcome them. BE ORGANIZED. My co-editor, Swetha Tummala, and I developed a system with our adviser for keeping track of everyone’s progress, since our school schedule can be a bit complicated. We used Dropbox to organize files and Google Docs to edit copy and hold the most recent versions of our ladder and submission checklist. HAVE STRONG, VISIONARY LEADERSHIP. As editor-in-chief, hold frequent brainstorm and feedback sessions and find out where your yearbook needs improvement. Do not shut down ideas, but channel growth in reasonable terms. Set long-term plans so you can continue to get better over the span of many years. Remember, the work you do will outlast your time in high school. ON THE WEB For more Editor-in-chief’s Corner columns, go to walsworthyearbooks.com/ideafile. Jill Mankoff was on the yearbook staff for three years at the upper school campus of The Nueva School in San Mateo, California, and was editor-in-chief her junior and senior years. She helped the yearbook evolve from a club to a class as the school continued to grow - Mankoff was in the first graduating class. She entered Wellesley College this fall.
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