It’s that time of the year again when everybody concerned are scouring for great yearbook ideas for the current school yearbook. Your most pressing concerns are the types of content
and coverage that will be included in the yearbook – articles, sidebars and captions, for example – because these will determine the photos that will also be placed therein.
Before the types of content and coverage can be decided on, however, it is important to decide on the theme first. You will then have an easier time deciding on the following three essential yearbook ideas in relation to the content and coverage.
Let’s start with the full-length articles because these are the hardest to write for obvious reasons. You must brainstorm with the group about the kinds of articles that can be included in the yearbook and, in the process, come up with a shortlist of possible writers.
Keep in mind that articles published in the school yearbook will live on for decades especially in the Internet Age where virtually everything is captured in digital format for posterity. It is then important to carefully choose the topics and their writers in the same way that careful thought is poured on choosing the final theme from the possible yearbook ideas.
The full-length articles can touch on a wide variety of topics such as notable school events, achievements and persons. These can be written in many ways, too, including:
• First-person accounts
• Second-person accounts
• Third-person accounts
• Question and answer
You will want to use all of these approaches just to liven up your school yearbook. Just be sure to carefully edit the full-length articles for proper grammar, structure and spelling as well as for appropriate language used. As part of the editorial team, you want the pieces to be truthful without hurting the sense and sensibilities of readers.
The next area is the secondary coverage, which are shorter pieces than the full-length articles yet must still pack a punch. This is made possible by adding interesting tidbits of information that the full-length articles did not cover.
Yearbook ideas where secondary coverage is concerned include:
• Sidebars may complement or contrast with the main articles. You may take several approaches like completion of sentences (i.e., I enjoyed the football games because), favorite quotes of the year, and first-person narratives.
• Lists like Top Ten Funniest Moments and Top Ten School Achievements
• Infographics like quote boxes, polls, and fast facts
When choosing from among a slew of secondary coverage ideas, be sure that these are also in accordance with the general theme of the yearbook.
And then there are the photo captions, which are just as important as the other yearbook ideas discussed above. Yes, a photo may speak a thousand words but there are many instances when a few choice words can spice up the story or explain the background of the photo in a concise manner.
A few tips:
• Use 2-3 sentences for a photo.
• Vary the approach when writing captions
• Identify as many individuals on the picture as possible.