‘Yearbook Editors-in-Chief’ class shares ideas to improve content and leadership

Student Susan McManus from Forest Hills Eastern High School is reflected in her mac laptop while she listens to teacher Brian Wilson name off theme ideas.

Students in Brian Wilson’s “Yearbook Editors-in-Chief” class at the 2011 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop have been spending their time learning leadership and team building techniques and sharing ideas.

“Since it’s Yearbook Editors-in-Chief, I always tell them it’s a giant mishmash of everything they need to know to be an editor,” Wilson said. “So far we’ve done team-building, theme and then we just moved into talking about coverage.”

Editors shared ideas on approach, content and coverage and discussed the similarities and differences between newspaper and yearbook in a laid-back environment in an attempt to absorb as much helpful information as possible.

“I’m looking to become a better leader since I’m not used to it,” Susan McManus from Forest Hills Eastern said. “I’ve never had a leadership position in my life. I want to find ways to give constructive criticism without people getting mad at me.”

Although the students all have being yearbook editor in common, some came with different expectations of what they want to take away from it.

“I wanted to learn more leadership to make us a team,” Lindsey Downs from Plymouth High School said. “I want to get everyone involved when the school year starts and also get more ideas.” By Katie Ziraldo / Upstart Staff

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