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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 episode two 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...


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...