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Yearbook Whys is a resource for advisers, staffs, yearbook professionals and anyone else who is passionate about all that goes into creating a yearbook. Find us online at @YearbookWhys on Twitter, and email at iteachyearbook@gmail.com - be in touch!

The Yearbook Whys Podcast Mike Simons

    • Education
    • 5.0, 33 Ratings

Yearbook Whys is a resource for advisers, staffs, yearbook professionals and anyone else who is passionate about all that goes into creating a yearbook. Find us online at @YearbookWhys on Twitter, and email at iteachyearbook@gmail.com - be in touch!

    What's Next - Part 2: Back to School Top 10 List

    What's Next - Part 2: Back to School Top 10 List

    We channel our inner David Letterman on this one, giving you a Top Ten List of Opportunities and Things to Remember as we confront a back-to-school season like no other. Joining me for the chat are Alicia Merrifield and Callie Williams, two advisers I bonded with at the Journalism Teachers Facebook Group this spring. You don't want to miss it — some of this is practical "try this!" and other parts are more head & heart reminders and cautions as we look to the months ahead in our yearbook lives. You can reach Alicia at merrifield@thevillageschool.com and Callie at Williams.Callie@brevardschools.org.

    Need Theme Development resources? Go back one episode in the feed to "Theme in 25," and find our resources at tinyurl.com/theme25. Advisers, please use the episode and resources with your students in your distance learning plans and 2021 theme development! There's a PDF notes page and brainstorming tool that will help kick off your program's development for the year ahead.

    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.

    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.

    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    What's Next - Part 1: Roundtable

    What's Next - Part 1: Roundtable

    This one's a long time coming — originally recorded on May 28, 2020, this roundtable discussion brings together advisers, creative consultants and publisher reps from across the nation to look at staff training, coverage planning, photography, team building and yearbooking in the moment we're living in now. Watch for a follow-up episode in your feed in the next day or so. Many thanks to Jeff, Kristin, Brooke, Jed, Stephen, and Becky for joining me to chat all those months ago.

    Need Theme Development resources? Go back one episode in the feed to "Theme in 25," and find our resources at tinyurl.com/theme25. Advisers, please use the episode and resources with your students in your distance learning plans and 2021 theme development! There's a PDF notes page and brainstorming tool that will help kick off your program's development for the year ahead.

    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.

    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.

    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Theme in 25 Minutes

    Theme in 25 Minutes

    NOTE: This episode comes with a guided notes PDF worksheet, a look at a gallery of 2019 yearbooks and other resources, all linked at tinyurl.com/theme25. Advisers, please use this episode and resources with your students in your distance learning plans and 2021 theme development! There's a PDF notes page and brainstorming tool that will help kick off your program's development for the year ahead.
    Award-winning adviser and friend of the podcast Carrie Faust, MJE, joins Mike for another look at theme development for yearbook staffs and advisers. In this rapid-fire primer, they discuss a proven approach to development that puts first things first, starting with story.
    Again, check out tinyurl.com/theme25 for accompanying resources to use with yearbook staffs.
    Need more coronavirus and end-of-book coverage ideas? Check these out!.
    Find Gimp, the open-source, FREE Photoshop clone here.
    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.
    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.
    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes
    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 42 min
    Of Pandemics and Final Deadlines

    Of Pandemics and Final Deadlines

    They may be stuck at home, but yearbook staffs and editors across the country are finding creative ways to reimagine and extend coverage to include the pandemic while still working toward their final deadlines. From retrieving files via wifi while parked in the school parking to interviewing in unconventional ways to getting a laugh from an adviser's coronavirus memes on GroupMe, we hear stories from yearbook editors at The Lion (McKinney HS, Texas), Madrono (Palo Alto HS, Calif.) and the Black & Gold (Rock Canyon HS, Colo.) as they establish new routines and norms for themselves and their staffs. A big shoutout goes to these editors' advisers and ALL of you advisers out there figuring this out one day at a time!
    Need more coronavirus and end-of-book coverage ideas? Check these out!.
    Find Gimp, the open-source, FREE Photoshop clone here.
    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.
    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.
    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes
    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Coronavirus: Photo 911

    Coronavirus: Photo 911

    It's a new world for our students and us, and the journalism can — and must — continue!


    I know many of you have cameras locked away in your publication labs, so I wanted to take some time to talk with one of the best photo instructors in the country to figure out how our student journalists can create opportunities for ongoing coverage as our school years continue. My conversation with Mark Murray is a long one, yes — but we talk about real, practical tips you can use with your staffs to cover life in your communities visually. From DIY at-home photo studios to iPhone apps that give you manual control to free alternatives to Photoshop, there's a LOT in this episode.


    You can look at some of the resources we discuss here.


    Check out Mark's organization, ATPI here.


    Find Gimp, the open-source, FREE Photoshop clone here.


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    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.


    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.


    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    There May Be No Classes, But There Will Be Yearbook

    There May Be No Classes, But There Will Be Yearbook

    First up: take care of yourselves, and mind your health. I hope you and yours are ok, safe, healthy — and that you have toilet paper.


    What a time for a global pandemic to hit — apparently the coronavirus didn't get the memo about yearbook final deadline season! I talked with retired adviser Lori Oglesbee-Petter about how tackle the final deadline and adapt to covering our schools and communities through the school shutdowns, strategies for accommodating blank pages and maybe even creating a spring supplement, and ways to maintain routine and normalcy for our kids — and even come out stronger as a program and staff on the other side.


    JEA has made free instructional resources available to advisers here, and you can find Yearbook Chat with Jim, Ask Mike, Mind the Gutter and The Yearbook Whys anywhere you get your podcasts.


    Keep the conversation going with me at iteachyearbook@gmail.com— I'd love to hear from you.


    Find the podcast on Twitter at @YearbookWhys. Please share the podcast online or with friends in your yearbook network, or leave a review on Apple iTunes; it helps others find the podcast! Share a review here: Apple iTunes


    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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A Treasure

I haven’t advised yearbook for 15 years, but even though I left yearbook, yearbook never left me. Listening to these podcasts makes me remember the possibilities and potential of the journalistic yearbook. Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly document the people who help students realize the magic of publications. Just as importantly, thank you for inspiring the new and future advisers who will help the next wave of journalists realize their potential.

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This podcast is a godsend! As a second year adviser with no previous journalism experience, having this podcast at my fingertips to help me continually improve is amazing. Each episode has been extremely helpful! Keep them coming.

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