Try Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s production schedule. Hear more about the process in adviser Sarah Kirksey’s interview on Mind the Gutter podcast (episode 21). If you have a large enough staff, you should have a different team working on a different step in the process each week. That way, you’re finalizing spreads every week and work doesn’t pile up. Each team should consist of a leader and cross- trained staffers.
Week one: Preplanning
Team meets to plan potential coverage for the next week.
Team comes up with story ideas and angles, plans for dominant photo package, plans for each mod and what those should look like.
Team members all plan which events they will cover.
Team discusses ways to make thematic visual-verbal connections on the spread.