With distance and hybrid learning models, sports seasons and extracurriculars in disarray, and masks covering faces, yearbook staffs have never faced more challenges in capturing photographs to tell the story of the year. Join award-winning advisers and “photo bros” Jed Palmer and Mike Simons for a conversation and Q&A full of tips and tricks for the year ahead — from maximizing smartphone photography to how to crowdsource from your community, you’ll come away with practical advice you can put to use immediately.
Jed Palmer, CJE, is the journalism adviser at Sierra Middle School in Parker, CO, working with yearbook, news and broadcasting students. His students have earned numerous state and national awards, including NSPA Pacemakers, CSPA Crowns and several NSPA Picture of the Year awards. Palmer was both Colorado Adviser of the Year and JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser of the Year in 2013.
Mike Simons, MJE, advises the award-winning Tesserae yearbook at Corning-Painted Posted HS in upstate New York and serves as president of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers’ Association. One of the facilitators of the New Voices New York campaign, Simons hosts the popular Yearbook Whys podcast (@YearbookWhys) and considers coffee a food group.