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Level Up Update #1 with Har-Ber High School, Springdale, Arkansas

In October 2019, Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas, and Meridian High School in Maycomb, Illinois, were selected as the winners of Walsworth Yearbooks’ Level Up contest. The prize package, worth over $3,500, includes a visit by Jim Jordan and Mike Taylor, CJE, to work with their staffs, editors and adviser. In early January, Jordan visited Karla Sprague, CJE, and her staff at Har-Ber High School and shared his experience.


Rising Stars Part 2: Vanessa Martinez, Samantha Lasarow and Bridgette Norris

In this episode, Jim honors three of Walsworth’s six advisers named a 2019 JEA Rising Star! Listen to his interview with Vanessa Martinez of El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas; Samantha Lasarow of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Heights, California; and Bridgette Norris of Boone High School in Orland, Florida. Be sure to listen to the previous episode to hear Jim’s Rising Stars interviews with Leigh Rogers, Angie Wolfe and Dan Sidwell.


JEA Rising Stars, Part 1: Leigh Rogers, Angie Wolfe and Dan Sidwell

In this episode, host Jim Jordan honors three of Walsworth's six advisers named a 2019 JEA Rising Star! Listen to his interview with Leigh Rogers of Hermann High School, Missouri; Angie Wolfe of Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska; and Dan Sidwell of Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida. Check back next week as Jim completes his Rising Stars interviews with Vanessa Martinez, Samantha Lasarow and Bridgette Norris.


Adviser of Note: Darren Thomas, Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, California

Darren Thomas has been teaching for years, but never advised a yearbook until the 2019 school year. As a new teacher at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, he was looking for a way to feel more connected to his new school. He leaned on his editors that first year, and the staff created an award-winning book. In his second year, Thomas and his staff have the difficult task of covering a school year that includes a tragic event – a school shooting Nov. 14, 2019 left two students...


JEA Adviser of the Year Becky Tate, Shawnee Mission North High School, Mission, Kansas

We already knew Becky Tate, CJE, is amazing. She's been at Shawnee Mission North High School in Mission, Kansas, for 31 years and many of her yearbook students have gone on to become journalism advisers themselves. Now that her awesomeness is being recognized in a new way - she was just named JEA's 2019 H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year - we're celebrating her by re-releasing Jim's interview with Becky from earlier this school year. Jim even reached out to Becky after the announcement...


Live at the NHSJC Washington, DC

Not able to make it to the NHSJC in Washington, D.C. this year? Did you attend but want even more? Want to revisit fond memories? Listen to this episode of Yearbook Chat with Jim, recorded live from the Fall 2019 convention in Washington, D.C. Jim interviewed JEA President Sarah Nichols, Convention Chair Meghan Percival, and the editorial staff of Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


BONUS: Julia Satterthwaite and the Monta Vista High School yearbook editors – part 1

Julia Satterthwaite, MJE, just handled her first big deadline as a yearbook adviser. She’s advised other publications for several years, but host Jim Jordan is following her journey for the first year advising at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. This is the first check-in episode. He’ll continue to follow Julia and her staff’s progress throughout the year. Stay tuned to learn how they’re navigating the yearbook process together!


Adviser of Note: Pat Monroe, Burges High School, El Paso, Texas

Pat Monroe has been an adviser at Burges High School in El Paso, Texas, for 29 years. During that time, her staffs have won many awards for their yearbook. This month’s adviser of note shared her background, including her previous career as a broadcast journalist, and what working with yearbook staffs means to her. You can learn more and see pictures of Pat and her students at


Julia Satterthwaite, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino California, Takes on the Challenge of Creating a Yearbook

Julia Satterthwaite recently made some big changes in her life. She and her family recently moved from Michigan to California. In her new job at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, she added "yearbook adviser" to her list of roles for the first time. Follow along all year as host Jim Jordan checks back in with this experienced journalism educator as she navigates her first year of yearbook.


How Can I Level Up My Yearbook?

In this special WYPN crossover episode, host Jim Jordan teams up with Mike Taylor, of the Ask Mike podcast, to talk about leveling up your yearbook! They bring in yearbook experts do discuss the possibilities and ways yearbook staffs can make improvements. They also speak to advisers and staffs about the ways they want to Level Up their yearbooks for 2020! Get some help achieving your goals. Enter the Walsworth Yearbooks Level Up contest at and you could...


Becky Tate, Shawnee Mission North High School, Mission, Kansas, Has an Amazing Yearbook Community

Becky Tate, CJE, is in a position many journalism advisers would envy. She and the four other high school publications teachers in her district all get along. It probably helps that one of those four is her husband and two are former students. Becky has advised some incredible, award-winning yearbooks during her three decades at Shawnee Mission North High School in Mission, Kansas. In this episode, Becky and host Jim Jordan discuss her success, her history and the community she helped to...


Leah Waters and Neelam Borah – An Incredible Gift of Life

When Neelam Borah fell seriously ill her freshman year of college, she soon learned she needed a new kidney. She received that kidney within a few weeks from someone she'd never met. Leah Waters is a high school journalism teacher in Texas, which is how she heard about Neelam's need. Leah saved Neelam's life, and their shared love of writing continues to connect them. You can read some of Neelam's writing on her blog. You can learn more about kidney donations from The National Kidney...


What Was New in Year Two?

Way back in season one of Yearbook Chat with Jim, host Jim Jordan interviewed six yearbook advisers who had just wrapped up their first year of advising. Five of these yearbook advisers are still at it. For the start of season 3, Jim checked back in with those five to see how they're doing and what they expect as they head into their third year of advising yearbook. These advisers represent a broad range of schools. From California to North Carolina, from high schools with thousands of...


Yearbook Adviser of Note: Dow Tate, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas

By the time he reached high school, Dow Tate was already a contributor to his local newspaper. That’s how much he was meant to work in journalism. Dow is now the publications adviser at Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kansas. Jim named him the May Adviser of Note, and it's difficult to imagine someone more deserving. Dow's students speak highly of him, and his staffs have won many awards. Listen in to hear Dow's story, from growing up poor outside Dallas, Texas, to selling...


Courtney Hanks and the University High School yearbook editors – part 3

Host Jim Jordan has been checking in with Courtney Hanks and the yearbook staff of University High School in Orange City, Florida all year. This final check-in, done in May, catches the graduating seniors right before they move on to the next stage and next year's staffers before they take over their new roles.


Adviser of Note: Vanessa Martinez, El Dorado High School, El Paso, Texas, is Not Competitive at All

In this episode, Jim Jordan talks with Vanessa Martinez of El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas. She shares her journey from high school journalism, to college, to professional journalist, then finding her place as a scholastic journalism educator. She shares what it was like to follow in the footsteps of a well-liked, award-winning adviser, how her competitive streak drives her to help her students succeed and the significance the Spanish language plays in their school and...


Parkland Speaks: Live from CSPA

Recorded live at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention, host Jim Jordan sat down with yearbook adviser Sarah Lerner and students who survived the February 14, 2018 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the weeks following the shooting that left 17 dead, Lerner was approached about putting together a book of work about their school's experiences that day and after. The result is "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman...


BONUS: Courtney Hanks and the University High School yearbook editors – part 2

Courtney Hanks is making her mark on the yearbook world. She and the staff of the award-winning Odyssey yearbook at University High School in Orange City, Florida, have been working hard to create an incredible 2019 yearbook. Listen in as host Jim Jordan checks in with Courtney and her staff, EIC Emily Edwards, EIC Jonathan Jackson, Managing Editor Brooke Williams, Managing Editor Jordan McKendrick and staffer Julie Annunziato. In the first check in following winter break, Courtney and...


Adviser of Note: Jai Tanner, Yelm High School, Yelm, Washington, Breaks Rules and Creates Amazing Yearbooks Wherever She Is

Jai Tanner’s yearbook career spans 21 years and three different states – and that’s not even counting her high school yearbook experience. She spent the first three quarters of her career in Texas and New Mexico. Her yearbook staff at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas, was no stranger to Crowns and Pacemakers. Her move from the Southwest to the Pacific Northwest, from an urban high school to a rural high school, required Jai to adapt. She’s grown to love Yelm High School in Yelm,...


Jim Asks Mike

In the Season 2 kickoff of Yearbook Chat with Jim, host Jim Jordan interviews his friend and peer Mike Taylor, CJE. Mike works as the Journalism Specialist for Walsworth, but the story of how he got there is full of fun twists and turns. Mike shares his story with Jim as well as his thoughts on the yearbooks being created now. If you want more Mike, check out his podcast, Ask Mike and follow him on Twitter, @yrbkMikeTaylor (and use #AskMike). You can follow Jim on Twitter, @yrbkJimJordan.