Getting Started With Your School Yearbook Project

Setting goals, timelines and assignments will help keep your school yearbook project organized and on track.



You’ll learn your yearbook deadlines once you sign your contract. Post them on a calendar for the entire staff to see, and emphasize the importance of staying on task. No one wants the school yearbooks to come late!

  • Assign all spreads at the beginning of the year, so people see the individual tasks and plan accordingly.
  • Assign mini-deadlines for each spread, like photos, copy and layout.
  • Pair people into teams so they can help keep each other on track—this will teach delegation and time management.
Yearbook Timelines

Yearbook Timelines

Create a timeline with milestones for these tasks:

  • Choosing a yearbook theme.
  • Picking a yearbook cover design.
  • Starting the yearbook sale.
  • Completing the ladder diagram.
  • Assigning pages to individuals.
  • Assigning deadlines for photos to be uploaded for certain events.
  • Submitting yearbook pages.
Setting up your Room

Setting up your Room

Designate a room or a corner of a room as the yearbook work area. Your yearbook staff will spend many hours there, so try to make it a functional and friendly home away from home.

Here are some supplies you’ll need:

  • File cabinets with locks
  • Tables and chairs
  • Computers and laser printers
  • Bulletin boards
  • Calendars
  • Waste baskets
  • Recycling bins
  • Pens, pencils and sticky notes
  • Phone
  • Microwave and refreshments


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