BEYOND THE BASICS Gayda’s tome at North Central HS (114 pages for 2009-2010) is one of the most detailed and complex staff manuals out there. It’s used by all media students at the Indianapolis, IN school and also serves as a history of the publications programs. In addition to staff policies and classroom rules, the manual includes style resources, job descriptions, guidelines for travel on staff trips and more. For some of Gayda’s materials and those shared by other advisers, use your smartphone with the enabled tag on page 22 or go to yearbooks.biz/go/ staffmanuals.
I took some time and reviewed staff manuals in use at other schools and quickly realized they would never work for my staffs. There was nothing wrong with the other manuals, they just lacked the “fun” that I decided ours would need. So, besides the components that you would expect to see in a manual: editorial policies, codes of ethics, how-to’s and various resources, I also made the manual an almanac of North Central publications.
The staff manual has become the textbook for all publications. Each year it is updated to reflect any policy changes we have made and to add new examples of great work and ideas.”
I added a photo album, lists of all past editors-in-chief and staff members and a history of our publications.In addition, I made the VOLUME 15
manual full-color. In order for kids to see the value in using the manual, I knew it would need to be valuable to them. As part of each senior’s final final exam, I ask those students to offer any suggestions for changes they would make in the staff manual. They are also able to offer advice to future staff members that I include in the manual.
After five years, the manual has struck a nice balance between important information and entertaining content to create something students use as a resource and keep as a memento. Y e a r b o o k DISCOVERIES
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