I'm usually one to hate group projects, but I’ve come to realize that a lot of high school journalism is just one, huge group project – especially when it comes to the yearbook or the newsmagazine or a multi-platform, online news source.
Because of the situations I’ve been placed in, one of the biggest takeaways I have from scholastic journalism is the ability to properly communicate with the people I have to work with both inside and outside of the newsroom.
The Eagle Eye
Everything for the newsmagazine starts on Trello. The platform has allowed us to keep everything together on different organized boards. Deadlines are also laid out in the same location so staffers know both what they’re working on and the deadlines they’re working with.
One other key to communicating for the newsmagazine is keeping everything online in a spreadsheet on Google Drive. The process for laying out a content ladder isn’t always simple, but using Drive keeps things up to date and makes flexibility easy.
This year’s yearbook is laid out differently than we’ve ever done before. The book is sectioned into seasons for chronological, but then each club and sport is also organized by the season in which it is most active. The academics pages are at the end of the book right before the portrait pages.
While staff members work on a beat system, editors are responsible for piecing together the chronological pages. Trello has been extremely helpful in posting story ideas for each spread.