Five Tips To Covering Summer In Your Yearbook
Just because you’re not IN school during the summer months, doesn’t mean there aren’t important things going on, begging to be captured and included in your yearbook. After all, isn’t the purpose of your YEARbook to tell the story of the entire year?
So how do you identify those stories and cover them? Check out these five great tips to follow as you enter into your summer months. Remember – sometimes the stories and happenings of the summer can be the most interesting! What happens in summer shouldn’t stay there—it should be captured in the yearbook!
1. Prepare in Advance
Create a detailed plan with specific assignments for each staff member broken down by week. This helps make the tasks more manageable and easier to track progress. Your plan should include actionable items that each student can accomplish to contribute.
2. Make a Coverage List
Create a laundry list of coverage ideas (summer school, camps, jobs, vacations, volunteer activities, events, retreats, summer sports, fundraisers, etc.). Use social media to stay in the loop and find interesting stories to cover.
3. Pair Up
Have a photographer and reporter pair up to cover an identified event together. Both can offer differing perspectives and help each other better capture the heart of the final story. Don't forget to use your "Press Badges" (or create some) to give your staffers credibility and make it easier for them to get interviews and photos.
4. Don’t Forget School Staff
Teachers and other school staff use their summers to do all kinds of cool things. Some continue to teach or have other summer jobs while some travel, do research, take classes, vacation or spend time with their family. Be sure to include them when investigating potential story ideas and photo opportunities!
5. Be Ready for Back to School
A lot happens in the final weeks before school starts and these activities provide great opportunities for coverage (sports tryouts, freshman orientation, classroom and school grounds preparation, club meetings, school board sessions, back to school shopping, etc.).
We hope you are having a wonderful summer! We sure are, but yearbooks are always on our minds - even during the summer!
Have you ever considered adding pages of things students did over the summer in your yearbook? Maybe there was a class trip, special competition, concert or volunteering event that deserves coverage. Or maybe you simply want to capture the fun things students are doing during their time off. Including pages that capture summer activities are a great way to encompass an entire year in the book, instead of just the months everyone is in school. And it's a great way to include even more people in the yearbook!
Check out this book's spread of summer fun!
Be sure to be capturing photos of this summer's activities and ask students to submit their favorite photos when you get back to school.
Happy Summer and Happy Yearbooking!
~ Your Idea Garden Team