July 9, 2020
Here's a second SPECIAL summer edition of the Report as yearbook advisers and staffs prepare to take on storytelling in what will be the most disrupted school year EVER. And instead of just the spring, this time it could be the entire school year. Rookie advisers could be overwhelmed by the challenges, while veteran advisers will hit problems they've probably never encountered before.
Host Scott Geesey discusses the situation and offers some simple advice on how to get things started and how to handle some of these possible roadblocks, along with key changes especially for this year to insure that your yearbooking effort is a great one. These ideas and tips are especially for yearbook staffers and rookie advisers, but successful veteran advisers can find some useful thoughts as well.
The key word here is SIMPLE - with teachers already overloaded by dealing with the COVID situation, what are some simple ideas to help make a great 2021 yearbook while juggling the other challenges brought on by the virus and health? It will mean some basic changes along the way but changes that will ultimately mean a better yearbooking effort now and then for years into the future...
June 16, 2020
It's a special edition of the Yearbooking Report as host Scott Geesey talks about this continued crazy situation we're in and looks ahead to the new school year, one that will be like no other. Could the disruptions to school happen all year long? Scott shares some laughs, some views, insights and ideas on how yearbook staffs can handle this new environment and how the idea of good storytelling may be perfect - and crucial - for 2021.
Also listen and see how you can get a quick resource to help with a new storytelling strategy!
May 21, 2020
WE MADE IT to the end of the most historic school year ever! As we conclude our season and school year listen for some great ideas and tips from veteran adviser Matt LaPorte from Las Vegas, NV. Probably one of the "coolest" advisers around, Matt shares some great ideas for any staff but we also take some time to look to the future - what will school be like in the fall? Will yearbooking somehow change now? Grab a pen and paper and take some notes from an outstanding young adviser, and also listen for more info on some great new yearbook tools this year from Jostens as well!
April 19, 2020
This is a special episode of the Report, an hour long segment with Scott sharing ideas, insights, opinions and predictions about this now historic school year 2020 and a look to the future - what happens now? Grab a pen and paper for plenty of notetaking and see if you agree with some of Scott's thoughts...
March 15, 2020
Welcome! Hear the latest news and notes, including dealing with the coronavirus shutdown. And listen to an informative interview with Jostens soclal media specialist Jordan Weber with many ideas and insights on using social media for yearbooking and how to get started. Few yearbook staffs use social media, yet it could make a huge difference in your yearboooking efforts from sales to storytelling. Get ready to take notes...
February 16, 2020
Along with news and insights for late winter, listen to the views of Jostens Creative Accounts Manager Lizabeth Walsh, a former veteran award winning adviser and now a Jostens national workshop presenter and instructor. Grab a pad and pen for some notes on questions ranging from organization to the importance of yearbook to any school. It's a great listen for any adviser, rookie to veteran.
January 19, 2020
Welcome to a new calendar year! Halfway through the school year now, do you and your staff do a good job of yearbook promotion? Not just book sales but also letting your school know about all the hard work you do every single week? Do you do ANY promotion at all? Most yearbook staffs DON'T. If not, it's time to start - listen to some great views from veteran yearbook adviser Rebecca Pollard from Lovejoy HS in Texas. Her staff works all year long to tell student stories in many different ways - and you can too! Get ready for some ideas and inspiration to help improve your yearbook effort - and your entire school!
December 15, 2019
Let's face it - everyone has a smartphone in their pocket. How can that little item be used as part of any yearbooking effort?
Check out this episode with comments from Penn State University associate professor John Beale, also an experienced veteran photojournalist who teaches a course on smartphone usage for journalism. Pick up a bunch of tips on using your mobile device for yearbooking, along with some discussion on journalism today. Then let's go use those phones - for good!
November 17, 2019
How's your yearbook page making going? No matter where you are, listen to this episode for a LONG list of great advice and tips from Jostens ambassador and yearbook legend John Cutsinger. John has been helping yearbook staffs for decades to improve their look and design with cutting edge ideas like freeform design. Listen to see what we mean!
And John also shares nearly five decades of yearbooking wisdom for advisers from rookies to veterans. This episode runs a bit longer than others but only because John's advice on all things yearbook is thorough and outstanding.
October 15, 2019
It's our October 2019 episode, and get ready for some great thoughts on what should be the chief reason for making a yearbook - storytelling. Everyone at school has some story to tell, and everyone WANTS their story told.
Listen for great ideas and wisdom from Casey Nichols, recently retired as the outstanding adviser at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, CA. Now a traveling ambassador for Jostens, at Rocklin Casey always stressed good and frequent storytelling with his staff which resulted in an outstanding yearbook every year - and a happier and more understanding student body. One helps the other...
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