Journalism Training Modules Video tutorials, quizzes, lesson plans and other resources to help students learn core journalism concepts. Although the modules can be completed in any sequence, I encourage you to begin with journalism fundamentals. Click on the images below to get started.
These class-length lessons give students the resources to build a cohesive team with a strong knowledge base. By the end of the units, students will not only have knowledge on a range of journalistic topics, but will complete computer spreads, have a collection of photos to use on future projects, and folders of inspiration content for reference.
BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS
£Attend yearbook workshop with staff if possible to do much of the following:
£ Choose or design a cover.
£ Design endsheets if customizing them.
£ Set up ladder. See Yearbook Kit and Yearbook Avenue®.
£ Prepare press passes so administration, teachers and other students know who staffers are when they are out of the classroom on assignment.
£ Inventory equipment like cameras, memory cards and printer toner cartridges.
£ Install YearTech if using Adobe InDesign to create pages.
£Do lots of team building activities. £Set up ladder, if it has not been done.
£ Decide which pages will be submitted each deadline.
£ Assign pages to students.
£ Look at school calendar for events to cover and vacations that interfere with deadlines.
£Continue team building activities. £Create layouts.
£Continue team building, including annual traditions. £Conduct second yearbook advertising and sales push
£Create and refine layouts.
£Submit any completed layouts (yes, this can be done before a deadline).
£Continue team building and skills training. £Discuss book sales/budget with your rep. £Submit all complete pages before winter break.
£Continue team building and skills training. £Complete and submit pages.
£Recruit staff for next year.
£Complete and submit pages.
£Submit pages. Remember, we guarantee that your book will ship on time if you submit your pages on time.
£Take photos for Extended Edition (aka Spring Supplement) if you are producing one.
£Begin theme development for next year.
£Begin training next year’s staff.
£Schedule fall portraits and re-takes with photographer and administration if it is your job.
£Clean yearbook room.
£Do a budget planning session with your rep. £Plan distribution party.
£If using YearTech Online, in Image Library, indicate photos that should be transferred into next year’s site for use.
£Save favorite photos from the year for distribution event and/ or use on promotional materials next year.
£Continue training next year’s staff.
£Spring delivered schools distribute books at a distribution
event. Have fun!
£Take notes on distribution event: What worked well/didn’t work well?
£Most fall delivered books have their final deadline.
£Get portrait CD from photographer (usually within 1–2 weeks after retakes).
£Send portrait CD to Jostens so we can upload it.
£Conduct yearbook advertising push and first sales push during registration day if possible or 1st/2nd week of school at latest.
£Upload student list including (in separate columns) student first and last name, grade, student ID number, homeroom, address and parent email to Yearbook Avenue.
£Enter in-school yearbook sales into Yearbook Avenue.
£Choose or design a cover if it has not been done.
£Train staff on journalism basics: caption writing, photography, layout by using Start Right Units or 7-Minute Starters from the Digital Classroom on Yearbook Avenue.
£Take LOTS of photos and upload them to Image Library.