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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

Adviser of Note Jason Davis, Cactus Canyon Junior High, Apache Junction, Arizona

5/12/2022
Jason Davis has had quite the journey. He grew up in Minnesota, but now lives in Arizona. His first job was as a fry cook in his family's restaurant, then as a professional journalist, and now is a teacher. He had no yearbook experience when he started advising, but how has one of the best middle school/junior high yearbook programs in the country. In this episode, Jason chats with Jim Jordan about his life and yearbook journey. He also shares excellent advice for fellow yearbookers. And,...

Duration:01:00:44

State Student Journalists of the Year: Part 2

4/14/2022
Host Jim Jordan recently discovered that seven of the JEA State Journalists of the Year winners all have yearbook in their resumes AND their schools published their books with Walsworth Yearbooks. He believes strongly that yearbook students are also true scholastic journalists – just as much as newspaper, online and broadcast – and deserve this kind of recognition. On this episode, Jim chats with three of those State Journalists of the Year. Lucy is a four-year yearbook staffer. She has...

Duration:00:57:59

State Student Journalists of the Year: Part 1

4/6/2022
Host Jim Jordan recently discovered that six of the JEA State Journalists of the Year winners all have yearbook in their resumes AND their schools published their books with Walsworth Yearbooks. He believes strongly that yearbook students are also true scholastic journalists – just as much as newspaper, online and broadcast – and deserve this kind of recognition. On this episode, Jim chats with three of those State Journalists of the Year. Annie is a four-year staffer on The Highlander...

Duration:01:01:36

Adviser of Note Monica Rodriguez

3/3/2022
Monica Rodriguez – known to her students as M-rod – is the yearbook adviser at Gulliver Preparatory Upper School in Pinecrest, Florida. All of Monica's three staffs – the Reflections literary magazine, the Raider Voice news and and print magazine, and the Raider yearbook – received Crown and Pacemaker Finalist recognition in 2021. It's particularly exciting as this is the first time the Raider yearbook has earned Pacemaker recognition from NSPA. She took time to chat with Jim about her...

Duration:00:48:19

NSPA Pioneer Leland Mallett, Mansfield Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas

1/18/2022
When NSPA announced the three 2021 recipients of their prestigious Pioneer Award and Jim saw long-time friend Leland Mallett on the list, he knew he wanted Leland to come on the podcast again. In this episode, Jim and Leland chat about what this award means to Leland, how the yearbook world has changed over his 22-year career, and what the last two years have been like while they produced a yearbook during COVID. If you'd like to see some of the covers and spreads discussed in the...

Duration:00:52:33

Rising Star Carly Gates, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida

12/10/2021
When JEA announced their 2021 Rising Stars and three Walsworth Yearbooks advisers were on the list, Jim Jordan knew he had to get them on his podcast. His third and final interview was with Carly Gates, from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the previous interviews with Rising Stars Laurel Wicke and Joanna Chadwick.

Duration:00:38:41

Rising Star Joanna Chadwick, Derby High School, Derby, Kansas

12/9/2021
When JEA announced their 2021 Rising Stars and three Walsworth Yearbooks advisers were on the list, Jim Jordan knew he had to get them on his podcast. His second interview was with Joanna Chadwick, the yearbook adviser at Derby High School in Derby, Kansas. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the previous interview with Rising Star Laurel Wicke, and stay tuned for the third and final JEA Rising Star episode.

Duration:00:49:34

Rising Star Laurel Wicke, Drake Middle School, Arvada, Colorado

12/8/2021
When JEA announced their 2021 Rising Stars and three Walsworth Yearbooks advisers were on the list, Jim Jordan knew he had to get them on his podcast. His first interview was with Laurel Wicke, the yearbook adviser at Drake Middle School in Arvada, Colorado. Stay tuned this week for interviews with two more JEA Rising Stars.

Duration:00:39:32

Adviser of Note Karen Johnson, Kearney High School, Kearney, Missouri

10/7/2021
Karen Johnson, MJE, always knew she wanted to be a teacher and a coach. When she started college, she realized that social studies (which often seems to go hand-in-hand with coaching) wasn't really for her. It wasn't long before she switched to English, then added a journalism minor. Since then, she's been a yearbook adviser at tiny schools and at large schools. She's working on her sixth book at Kearney High School, and has helped build a strong program at the school. In addition to this...

Duration:00:53:45

Bobby Hawthorne and the Writing Process

8/12/2021
Bobby Hawthorne is a master storyteller and journalist. He's well known in the scholastic journalism world, and can frequently be found teaching at journalism workshops and seminars. In this episode, Hawthorne and your host, Jim Jordan, share what it takes to be a good journalist and tell a great story in your yearbook. You can find more episodes of Yearbook Chat with Jim on the Walsworth Yearbooks website.

Duration:01:07:14

Yearbook Adviser of Note Liz Luna, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, North Carolina

5/27/2021
Elizabeth Luna sort of happened into graphic design, then wanted more, and now she's the yearbook adviser at a school that just won its first Pacemaker. She shared their journey over the last several years, and what it's like being the adviser of a small yearbook program. You can read more about this Adviser of Note on our blog.

Duration:01:05:51

Adviser of Note Ronna Sparks Woodward, Liberty North High School, Liberty, Missouri

4/29/2021
Here it is! The official 50th episode! And what a great person to interview. Ronna Sparks-Woodward loves yearbooks. She knew while she was still in high school that she wanted to be a teacher, and specifically that she wanted to be a yearbook adviser. She has turned her passion for a yearbooks into a career, and shares the insights she's gained on this 50th episode of "Yearbook Chat with Jim."

Duration:00:52:52

Our 50th Episode

4/29/2021
It's our 50th episode! Today, we're sharing a mini-episode to reflect on where this podcast has taken us since we launched in 2018. Thank you to everyone who has been on this podcast journey with Jim and the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network.

Duration:00:04:01

A Family Affair

3/19/2021
A few weeks ago, host Jim Jordan read two articles on the Walsworth Yearbooks blog about covering controversial topics in a yearbook. Those two articles were written by a father/daughter yearbook team, which sparked the idea for this episode. Jim Jordan was a yearbook adviser for 35 years, and during that time all three of his children were on his staff. So he decided to reach out to the authors of those articles, Jon and Lucy Bickell, from Eastern Lebanon County High School in Meyerstown,...

Duration:00:59:44

Promote Yourself and Your Yearbook

3/12/2021
In this extra special episode, Ask Mike and Yearbook Chat with Jim team up to talk about promoting your yearbook! Hosts Mike Taylor, CJE, and Jim Jordan are joined by three members of the Walsworth marketing team, Jenica Hallman, CJE, Jimmy Gilligan and Sarah Scott. They share tips for writing press releases, ideas for promoting your yearbook, and why you want to promote your 2021 yearbook more than ever before! Listen to the episode, then share your marketing with us! Send press releases...

Duration:00:45:08

JEA Special Recognition Adviser Tiffany Kopcak, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, Virginia

2/18/2021
Tiffany Kopcak was recently named JEA's H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year Special Recognition Adviser. Her staff's 2020 yearbook was one of host Jim Jordan's favorite volumes, and they're known for their willingness to go in new directions for coverage and design. Listen in to hear more about her love of her home state Virginia and how her yearbook staff has been working through the challenges posed by the past two school years.

Duration:00:57:42

Rising Star Patty Gomez, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1/28/2021
Patty Gomez has led an interesting life, and it's given her a unique perspective on education. She is the yearbook adviser at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was recently named a JEA Rising Star for her commitment to scholastic journalism. In this interview, Patty shares a little bit about growing up in Venezuela, her work in chemistry, and why it's so important to balance STEM education with the arts. This is the second of a two-part Rising Star series. Be sure to check...

Duration:00:50:05

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