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Crystal Kazmierski's incredible yearbook career

Crystal Kazmierski's yearbooks started winning major scholastic journalism awards before she even knew they were a big deal. She advised 24 yearbooks at Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redland, California. Twenty-two of them won Pacemakers and one of them was a Pacemaker finalist. The one year they didn't place was because they didn't enter. In this episode, host Jim Jordan chats with his longtime friend about her amazing career. Starting with how she came to yearbook (with her college...


BONUS: Courtney Hanks and the University High School yearbook editors

In this special bonus episode, host Jim Jordan follows up with Courtney Hanks of University High School in Orange City, Florida. Recorded just days before the first big yearbook deadline of the school year, Courtney and her editors share the challenges they’ve faced so far, their plans for the rest of the year and share some background on how they got where they are. Jim will continue to check in with Courtney and her staff as the year progresses. Subscribe to receive these special bonus...


Andrew Young on creating yearbooks with junior high students

Andrew Young is the yearbook adviser at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Despite only being in the role for a few years, he's an accomplished young adviser who leads his junior high yearbook class to create amazing, award-winning yearbooks. He believes that teaching younger students should not hinder you from producing an impressive product. In this episode, Andrew and host Jim Jordan delve into the challenges unique to middle school and junior high yearbooks. He also shares...


Live from Chicago

Recorded live at the JEA/NSPA Convention in Chicago, host Jim Jordan brings on guests Christy Porcelli, from H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, convention chair Brenda Field, from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, and Dr. Bradley Wilson, with JEA. Listen in to learn fun facts about the panelists, and hear a bit about the convention and their yearbook stories.


Adviser of Note Alyssa Boehringer

Alyssa Boehringer entered the yearbook advising world with a bang. Her first year as adviser at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, -- after taking over from the very adviser who'd taught her in high school - The Lion yearbook won a CSPA Silver Crown award. Alyssa and Jim chat about the incredible work she and her students have done, how she manages to excel with less than three years of experience, and the incredible marketing videos she creates with her staff. You can learn more...


Courtney Hanks, the "Show-me" yearbook adviser

Courtney Hanks earned her new nickname through her dedication to helping students understand what makes a great yearbook. This remarkable young adviser earned a Silver Crown with the second high school book she ever advised (and her third ever). Courtney and the yearbook staff at University High School in Orange City, Florida are taking giant steps to build a great yearbook program. Courtney was named a 2018 JEA Rising Star, and is this month's Adviser of Note. She and host Jim...


Riding out the storm with David Graves

Two days into the 2018 school year, everything changed for yearbook adviser David Graves and the students and staff of St. Thomas' Episcopal School in Houston, Texas. They left school on Thursday, but didn't return to school for more than two weeks and they weren’t back on their campus until after the first of the year. Hurricane Harvey had hit the Houston area, and their school was one of many affected by the record-setting flooding it caused. Despite living through a life-altering...


Lori Oglesbee on yearbooks, writing and life

Lori Oglesbee is a force of nature. Born and raised in Louisiana, she knew while still in high school that she wanted to teach yearbook. She recently retired from teaching. During her 34-year career, she served as a yearbook adviser in three different states. In the course of her notable career, she established her place as a "triple-threat" journalism teacher, with the ability to instruct kids well in writing, photography and design. In this episode, Lori and Jim discuss her life,...


Leland Mallett, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas

Leland Mallett has been doing scholastic journalism since the seventh grade, even though what he really wanted was to build a waterbed. He is now the yearbook adviser at Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas. His scholastic journalism has won many awards since it was founded in 2007, and Leland was named a 2017 JEA Distinguished Adviser. In this episode, Leland and host Jim Jordan discusses how he built his program from the ground up, the importance of going home at a decent time every...


Taking over an established yearbook program

The first year as an adviser will be nerve-wracking for anyone, but if you're coming into a well-established, award-winning program it can be even more intense! Jim Jordan spoke to three first-year advisers who followed in the footsteps at legendary programs - including the young adviser who took over his program.


Michael Simons, Corning-Painted Post High School, New York

In episode 5 of Yearbook Chat with Jim, Jim Jordan interviews Mike Simons, "the energizer bunny of scholastic journalism." Mike and Jim discuss their long-standing friendship, the moment Mike realized what he needed to do to make his yearbook program great, and why new(ish) yearbook advisers shouldn't be afraid to critique the yearbooks of other schools. They also discuss the freedom of the scholastic press, and Mike's role in securing it in New York. We want to know your thoughts! Send...


Don Walsworth, President of Walsworth Yearbooks

Walsworth's president, Don Walsworth, has been around yearbooks all his life. In episode four of Yearbook Chat with Jim, he and Jim Jordan discuss the company's humble beginnings in the Great Depression and the hard work that brought the company to where it is now, as one of the top five yearbook companies in North America. Don and Jim also talk about family, college, the future of yearbook, and Don's time as a professional golfer. We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions! Send an...


Sarah Lerner of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, part 2

In part two of Jim Jordan's interview with yearbook adviser Sarah Lerner, Jim and Sarah discuss what happened after the tragic Valentine's Day events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Sarah Lerner discusses how the events changed her staff and how they finished the book. She shares her thoughts on the importance of mental health care, mixing journalism and politics, and the national movement started by survivors. If you haven't listened to part one of Sarah and Jim's interview, we...


Sarah Lerner of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, part 1

In this episode of Yearbook Chat with Jim, Jim Jordan interviews Sarah Lerner, the yearbook adviser at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The school was launched into the national spotlight after a school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, left 17 people dead. Sarah and her staff were tasked with creating a yearbook that honored those victims, but still showed the rest of the school and school year. It was no easy task, especially for students and staff still grieving the tragedy. Sarah shared...


That First Year: New Advisers Reflect

The first year as a yearbook adviser can be a challenge. In the inaugural episode of Yearbook Chat with Jim, Jim Jordan hosts three yearbook advisers who just finished their first year. These advisers discuss the challenges, successes and surprises they experienced their first year. They share what they would have done different, what they’re proud of accomplishing, and give advice to fellow advisers preparing to start their first year of yearbook. 2:00 Lori Davis Lori Davis is the...