The Edge: ‘A Creative Viewpoint’

“You are the quintessential journalists,” Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge teacher Lori Oglesbee said. “You are choosing what people will remember in history.”

Oglesbee, giving a lesson to her class this morning, spoke about using a yearbook to tell stories.

Lori Oglesbee gives a lesson to her Edge class.  She emphasized the importance of good photography in student yearbooks.  Kelly Martinek/ Photo

Lori Oglesbee gives a lesson to her Edge class. She emphasized the importance of good photography in student yearbooks. Kelly Martinek/ Photo

“We’re talking about what it takes to make a yearbook interesting and unique, what it takes to get good coverage, and how to approach it from the beginning of the year,” Edge student Andrea Kopitz, from North Farmington High School, said.

Oglesbee’s lesson also emphasized the importance of good photography to a yearbook.  She used an anecdote about her 3-foot-tall former student to drive this point home.

She explained that this student’s photos were always unique and interesting because he “saw the world from a different perspective” because of his height, and that this was something she hoped all of her photographers would try to do.

She also stressed the responsibility of a yearbook staff to provide legitimate coverage.

“Our football team was 0-10 last year….there weren’t any happy football photos in our book, because there weren’t any happy moments,” Oglesbee said.

The class is focused on making their yearbook new and original, and providing what their audience wants to read, according to Kopitz.

“[’Taking your yearbook to the edge’] is a creative viewpoint,” she said. “It’s something that makes the yearbook different from the year before.”

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