Yearbook undergoes content, size and leadership changes

The yearbook is undergoing changes with its content, size and leadership.

This year, video footage will be incorporated into the yearbook.

“This is definitely a big change; they tried incorporating videos a couple of years ago, and it worked, but the technology wasn’t as good as it is now,” junior Mallory Watson, video editor, said. “We have a new app that we are going to use called HP Reveal. You just have to scan your phone on a photo in the yearbook, and it will show you either a video or slideshow of photos.”

Video footage will give readers a broader view of what is covered in the yearbook.

“With the video footage, it will allow readers to be more interactive with the book and see more of what’s going on,” senior Caroline Marot, editor-in-chief, said. “When you look at your yearbook 20 years from now, you will still be able to see those videos, bringing back the feel of GHS.”

This year, the yearbook will increase from its normal size eight to a size nine.

“The size is going up because our yearbook has been a State finalist for awhile, so a lot of yearbook companies want to publish our book,” Marot said. “Ms. Roberts was able to get the best deal for the students, and there won’t be a price increase for the readers. With it being a bigger size, readers will get more coverage and are going to see themselves more in the book.”

The staff has set a goal to have each student in the book three times.

“Ms. Roberts came up with the idea of having every student mentioned in the book three times, so their yearbook photo counts as one, but we also want everyone to have two other times they are in the book, either through activities, stories or videos,” senior Martinez Martinez, copy editor, said. “We felt that in past years we had the same people in the yearbook over and over again, and we just want to have a yearbook where everyone can be featured; it’s our yearbook, it’s not just certain people’s yearbook.”

The yearbook staff underwent a change in leadership, and this year the responsibility has been split between five editors: the copy editor, photo coordinator, design editor, video editor and editor-in-chief.

“Having other staff positions, it takes a lot of pressure off of the EIC,” junior Ben Sobieray, design editor, said. “Last year, we had two editors, and it put a lot of pressure on them. Splitting it up between different people really just makes it easier and gives the EIC more time to work.”

With the additional leadership positions, the staff has become more efficient.

“Ms. Roberts picked me to be copy editor because she feels like I am a really strong writer and an ideal to help people with their stories,” Martinez said. “I edit stories and give advice, help with grammar and make sure there are enough sources so that the stories make sense. That way, when the actual copy is turned into Ms. Roberts, she has less to worry about.”

This year, the staff is focusing on modular design.

“We are including mods, which are basically smaller stories within a story,” Sobieray said. “For example, right now I am working on car spreads; we are going to be adding in things like people’s emotions when they got their first car. Mods can be as small as adding a few more photos, captions or even a poll.”

The staff created a Twitter page which they use for infographics.

“We have a Twitter page, @polls_yearbook,” Marot said. “We are going to be making infographics using the poll results. If you want your opinion in the yearbook, you should follow the Twitter page.”

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