It can be overwhelming to start a yearbook staff, but it helps if the sponsor has specific roles in mind when building a student yearbook team. Each grade should have at least one editor to cover in school activities such as guest speakers. As you are looking for students for your yearbook staff, keep in mind that students can multitask. A person who take pictures for one section can do interviews for another section.
Editors are responsible for specific portions of the yearbook. These students make sure that page layouts look proper and professional, that words are correctly used and spelled, and that the content fits the theme and goal of the yearbook.
Photographers are responsible for gathering pictures for the yearbooks. These students attend after-school activities to get pictures. They must be friendly, outgoing, and respectful, and they should be willing to include as many people as possible in their photos.
Reporters responsible for surveying and interviewing students. They are also the students who will writes the yearbook stories, and they need to write for two audiences: students and their parents. They should know common writing techniques, like how to avoid cliches and other common writing mistakes, and they need to be motivated to write .
Students can have multiple jobs. The editor is available to help other editors with their sections, and students can work together to form an efficient team.
A version of this article was originally published on October 11, 2008 by Alex Sharp on Suite101. Read more about how to build a yearbook staff.