Syllabus 2017/18


This course in yearbook journalism has two primary objectives: (1) to teach students the skills required to create the book and (2) to produce a book which reflects journalistic standards. In order to accomplish these objective, the yearbook journalism students will devote their time to the following:

  • Learning their rights and responsibilities as student journalists
  • Gaining proficiency in desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign and Herff Jones eDesign
  • Incorporating advanced design principles such as grid design and use of layered coverage in the yearbook
  • Learning and using journalistic writing techniques
  • Developing student leadership and decision-making skills
  • Finding ways to include every student and staff member in the yearbook
  • Creating and executing marketing plans to sell the yearbook and ads in the volume
  • And most importantly, producing a yearbook the staff, the school and the community can enjoy.

Expectations: 4 Basic Attitudes Critical to the Success of the Yearbook Staff

  1. Timeliness. Students will be expected to meet all deadlines. Students will also be expected to be on time for class, meetings, photo shoots and interviews.
  2. Risk-Taking. Yearbook staff members must be willing to take a risk and to try something new. Risk-taking may involve interviewing someone a student does not know or learning new software.
  3. Responsibility. When a student agrees to take on the responsibility of working on a student publication, the student must also assume responsibility for his/her actions. Whenever a student is out in the school or larger community fulfilling yearbook responsibilities, that student must act as a representative of the entire school.
  4. Attention to detail. Yearbook is a perfectionists’ business. Students must pay attention to details because details cost money.


At the beginning of each grading period, students will be given a list of possible activities for the grading period. These activities will fall into two categories: academic and production.


Each staff member will be provided with a steno pad for interviews. To complete paste-up assignments, staff members will occasionally need old magazines, scissors and rubber cement.

After-School Responsibilities

Some assignments --- particularly photo shoots and interviews --- will be completed outside of class time. Students should plan transportation needs and homework schedules accordingly.

As a deadline approaches, each staff member will be required to stay after school to finish pages on the computer. Yearbook Journalism students will be required to stay after at least once a month. Editors will stay after school according to their job descriptions and deadline assignments.

Photo Equipment Use

Students may use their own cameras or they may use staff equipment. All staff equipment must be signed out and returned within 24 hours. Students who do not follow the sign out and return policy will not be permitted to use school equipment. Students are responsible for damages to/loss of equipment checked out by them.

Computer Use

All county and school policies for computer use are in effect. In addition, yearbook students have access to a network drive dedicated to storing all yearbook files. Students who misuse or abuse their access to the yearbook drive (example: hiding personal files on the network drive) will lose their computer privileges. Disciplinary action will follow. Students are responsible for damages to/loss of equipment checked out by them.

After Book Completion

Once the yearbook is finished, students will be expected to participate in all classroom activities and to complete all assignments as requested by the teacher. While the assignments may not be directly related to the yearbook or its supplement, they will be journalistic in nature and focused on improving students’ journalism skills