School may have just started but it’s never too late to plan for your class yearbook. If you’ve been recently appointed as this year’s editor, you should start planning for the theme, layout style, editorial theme, and the printing supplier for the yearbook.
One of the most important and attractive things in a yearbook is the layout. People may not always recognize a good layout but a bad one will definitely be an eyesore. Planning a yearbook is not easy especially for students so it is ideal that you put a lot of effort into the layout and design of the material.
Yearbook design and layout should be compelling. The layout editor would be spending hours on the layout to make sure that the yearbook will come out the way your team imagined it to be. From the editor to the writers to the photographers to the layout artists, the whole yearbook editorial team is expected to work hard until the material is printed, published, and distributed.
Here are some tips the yearbook staff should remember:
CHOOSE A THEME
Select and stick to a theme. Annual yearbooks all have themes decided by the editorial team, student body, or the school administration. A theme must be followed because it will help the team organize the content.
THE MORE PHOTOS, THE BETTER
Gather photos from the students. Get as many as you can so you will have a lot of choices when layout time comes. The students, teachers, school staff, and the parents are great resources for photos.
ASK MORE PEOPLE TO HELP
Enlist help from the students, teachers, and even parents. You’d be needing all the help you can when making a yearbook. You need more writers, researchers, photographers, and layout artists so ask around as early as now who can help you. You can also ask the students to submit their own stories, photos, or illustrations to include in the yearbook.
MARKET THE YEARBOOK
Just because handing out yearbooks at the end of school year is already a tradition, it doesn’t mean you should skip marketing. Advertise the yearbook and let the people know you are planning something they would be cherishing forever.
ASK FOR SPONSORSHIP
It’s okay to ask people or companies for money in exchange for marketing their services. Putting names of the people who have helped with the finances, as acknowledgement would be good marketing. Solicitation for sponsorship will help both parties: the team receives funds while the sponsor gets advertising.
You don’t have to rush the yearbook so don’t procrastinate. You can beat the deadline alright but it’s best if you finish the layout earlier than scheduled so you can have more time to…..
EDIT, EDIT, AND THEN EDIT
Edit the yearbook carefully. Read through each word, check the photos, or confirm facts so you won’t be publishing any false information. The more people checking the yearbook as copy editors, the better it is for the whole editorial team.
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