Andy Zavodny
Middle School Technology Teacher

Yearbook, Newsletter, School Publications

Are there any other very inexperienced yearbook advisors out there who have found some valuable resources to help them create a yearbook using the Adobe design suite.  I acquired a yearbook program but don't have any graphic design, photography or art background.  This task just came along with my business teaching position and I came with a background in Finance.  I have spawned a new hobby and area of interest for myself and have enjoyed the process of learning, but until the learning curve is over for me I struggle finding good resources for my kids to have fun and engaging activities in class.

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Timothy Axley

Posted on 7/18/13 12:28:11 AM Permalink

I speak from experience here so when I tell you to use InDesign I am not kidding. There will be a bit of a learning curve but in the end will be well worth your time. I used to layout and design the schools football program along with all the photos, ads, rosters in fact everything. The first year was a nightmare! I had the layout finished when the coach game in and asked me to insert a page here. Needless to say if I had been using InDesign I could have been finished in about 15 minutes but... 12 hours later. Use InDesign you won't regret it.

Rosemary Lengsas

Posted on 6/9/13 1:34:21 AM Permalink

Although I'm not the yearbook or newpaper sponsor, both of ours are award-winning. Our school newspaper has been #1 in South Carolina for many years. Here is their website:

If you click the Print Edition link, you'll see the printed version. They get it printed on newsprint, some pages in color, some in B&W (like a regular newspaper). They use InDesign and Photoshop to make it. They don't have Illustrator, so some of the staff come to my classroom when they really need Illustrator.

Our Yearbook is designed in InDesign and is award-winning as well. Unfortunately I don't have any links to share with you for it. I follow some great Yearbook & Page Layout boards on Pinterest. Of course, there isn't an easy way for me to locate the specific boards (sorry!). But, I'd recommend using Pinterest to help as well.

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 4/28/13 5:48:38 PM Permalink

Our school paper has long since disappeared. When it was around, it littered the halls.

A few years ago, our Academy partnered with the local 'news paper' to develop the first Digital Natives app, CCNEWS. Since then, other schools have come on board. We have a young new teacher running it now and his enthusiasm to keeping it fresh truly shows!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 4/14/13 12:59:02 AM Permalink

I just posted what I have on the exchange. Not much, but maybe you will find something that you can use.

Best Wishes! The best part of the year is coming - when the yearbooks arrive and everyone is excited! Yearbook is the closest thing a high school has to a real-life experience. Looming deadlines, quality control, collaboration...



Andy Zavodny

Posted on 4/12/13 6:28:16 PM Permalink

Yes this job has been daunting for sure, but I have found something I very much enjoy. I would have never found this otherwise. I just have a very basic knowledge at this point so it makes it tougher. Anything you have to help with along the way will definitely be greatly appreciated. We actually get to do something new this year that will be very innovative in the way we are going to teach our class. I've teamed up with the writing teacher and we are going to team teach our class as a true publications job atmosphere. I think that will help a ton.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 4/11/13 11:59:51 PM Permalink

My deepest sympathy. Yearbook can be a bear. Tight deadlines, yearbook staff with big egos, and the responsibility to turn-out a well-designed book. I will post my miscellaneous yearbook files that I use to stay organized. Hopefully, that will help.

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/11/13 4:26:43 AM Permalink

You may find this mini-yearbook and newsletter projects helpful. They are form the Adobe Visual Design curriculum. And this resource from Judy Durkin.


~Adobe Education