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Behind every yearbook is a great story, and Jim Jordan is exploring those stories. Join Jim as he interviews the people behind the yearbook in Yearbook Chat with Jim, part of the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN). From new advisers who just made it through their first year, to long-time yearbook lovers looking at retirement, Yearbook Chat with Jim shows the human side of creating a yearbook.

Behind every yearbook is a great story, and Jim Jordan is exploring those stories. Join Jim as he interviews the people behind the yearbook in Yearbook Chat with Jim, part of the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN). From new advisers who just made it through their first year, to long-time yearbook lovers looking at retirement, Yearbook Chat with Jim shows the human side of creating a yearbook.

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Behind every yearbook is a great story, and Jim Jordan is exploring those stories. Join Jim as he interviews the people behind the yearbook in Yearbook Chat with Jim, part of the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN). From new advisers who just made it through their first year, to long-time yearbook lovers looking at retirement, Yearbook Chat with Jim shows the human side of creating a yearbook.

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English


Episodes

Rising Star Heather Rice, One School of the Arts, Longwood, Florida

1/18/2021
For the first episode of 2021, host Jim Jordan interviews JEA Rising Star Heather Rice, from One School of the Arts in Longwood, Florida. Rising Star trophies are awarded to advisers who are in their first five years of advising and have shown great dedication to scholastic journalism. Heather took over a yearbook program that had previously been run by parents, and in only five years helped bring it to an award-winning level.

Duration:00:43:21

Adviser of Note Emily Arnold, Aledo High School, Aledo, Texas

11/12/2020
In this episode, host Jim Jordan chats with November 2020 Adviser of Note Emily Arnold. Listen to her story about how she built two different award-winning publications programs and how she is coping with in-person teaching and advising this year.

Duration:00:45:50

Making the Best of It During the Global Pandemic

10/29/2020
On today’s episode, host Jim Jordan discusses the ways yearbook staffs continue to manage, create and sometimes even thrive in the midst of a pandemic. He spoke with five yearbook advisers from four high schools all over the country to listen to their stories about yearbook during COVID-19. Ashley Dias, Americas High School, El Paso, Texas Susan Colyer, Southside High School, Fort Smith, Arkansas Kaitlin Beaudet and Michelle Kuebler, Williamsville North High School, Williamsville, New...

Duration:01:34:26

Adviser of Note Susan McNulty, J.W. Mitchell High School, Trinity, Florida

9/24/2020
Susan McNulty became a yearbook adviser early in her career as a teacher, but budget cuts tore her away from the role. Years later, she took over the J.W. Mitchell yearbook program the same year her daughter served as editor-in-chief (the outgoing adviser had assigned the roles before McNulty took over). She took over a strong yearbook program, and books under her leadership have won recognition from all over, including the All-American from NSPA, Gold Medalist from CSPA, and All-Florida...

Duration:01:02:05

Adviser of Note Susan Massy, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas

8/20/2020
Susan Massy has been advising yearbooks for more than 30 years, and most of that has been at her current school. Yearbooks produced under her guidance have won many awards. In this interview with Jim Jordan, Massy discusses how much she struggled her first year, what made her come back to a second year, and the one big thing that made her yearbook experience better. In this interview, she recalled how she learned that yearbooks can be a true journalistic endeavor. In the interview, she...

Duration:00:57:13

Adviser of Note Michelle Shue – Out of the life raft and on to bridge building (as the new year begins)

7/2/2020
2020 has been an odd year for everyone. We've all had to learn to navigate brand-new challenges. For Michelle Shue and her yearbook staff at Davie County High School in Mocksville, North Carolina. Like many schools around the country, they didn't have much warning when they learned they wouldn't be returning to the classroom. With their final deadline approaching, Shue and her staff buckled down and submitted half their book's pages in a two-week window!

Duration:00:52:34

Adviser of Note Kathy Beers, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas

4/30/2020
Kathy Beers, from Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas, exudes creativity. She’s known for always having ideas, and her successful yearbook marketing tactics have been shared with schools all over the country. In this episode, host Jim Jordan talks to Kathy about her roundabout journey to yearbook and where she gets all her great ideas.

Duration:01:01:35

Adviser of Note: Jonathan Dixon, Corsicana High School, Corsicana, Texas

4/6/2020
We're excited to introduce you to the March Adviser of Note! Johnathan Dixon is the yearbook adviser at Corsicana High School in Corsicana, Texas. His staff is known for their incredible photography skills, and it's not unusual for them to place in the Walsworth Yearbooks Photo Contest. In this episode, host Jim Jordan talks photography, building a yearbook program from the ground up, and the journey that brought him to Corsicana High.

Duration:01:01:30

Adviser of Note: Brad Cook, Gresham High School, Gresham, Oregon

2/20/2020
Brad Cook, yearbook adviser at Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon, is a bona fide graphic designer. He teaches graphic design, digital photography and yearbook. Before becoming a teacher, he was a graphic designer at many places, including Nike – and he does his design work despite being colorblind! He’s passionate about typography – you can catch his session with Jim at the Nashville JEA Convention this March – and all things design. In this episode, Brad and host Jim Jordan take a deep...

Duration:01:01:18

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

2/6/2020
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.

Duration:00:34:50

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

1/21/2020
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.

Duration:01:07:51

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

1/9/2020
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.

Duration:01:30:31

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

1/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:51:35

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

12/16/2019
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...

Duration:00:56:35

Live at the NHSJC Washington, DC

11/25/2019
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.

Duration:00:51:27

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

11/18/2019
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!

Duration:00:35:34

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

11/14/2019
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 walsworthyearbooks.com.

Duration:00:55:23

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

10/24/2019
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.

Duration:00:58:07

How Can I Level Up My Yearbook?

10/3/2019
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 walsworthyearbooks.com/level-up and you could...

Duration:00:53:10

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

9/12/2019
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...

Duration:00:47:39