In our yearbook materials, we’ve used the tagline:
“at your hands, history is made.”

That sentiment has never been more accurate, nor has it been more poignant, than it is now. History is being made every day. Every new development seems to be unprecedented and awe-inspiring. We teach “the storytellers of the next generation.” It’s critical that we elevate the importance of these last few yearbook spreads your staffs are completing. To that end, we offer more ideas, more tips we’ve gathered and the support of an entire family of yearbookers who are rooting for you as you complete your books.

Coverage ideas for COVID-19

How we did quarantine: Gather a wide variety of stories from students/families/teachers and what they did during quarantine or social distancing.

Alone time: Top 10 Netflix/Disney+/Hulu binges. Who played with Legos? Who put on cooking shows?

Watching the sibs: Older siblings often care for their younger brothers and sisters. Consider the possibility for adorable kid pics.

Parents underfoot: Collect stories of students whose parents had to work at home. How did that go? Interview both kids and parents/guardians.

How we did eLearning: Get students to take pics of online learning in progress and send them to you. List the pros and cons.

Empty shelves: Will the TP supply ever be replenished? Keep it light hearted. How many TP rolls did you buy?

Talk of testing: Do you know anyone who got tested? How did they get tested?

Need more coverage ideas?

Shout-out to Southside High in Youngsville, Louisiana, for these great ideas.

Include screenshots of Tik Toks with the caption “The one where (name) dyed her hair pink” (a homage to “Friends.”)

Show us your prom dresses. If your prom was canceled, have students dress up and send you photos. (Even if there are hopes that your prom will happen, it’s rare to be able to include it in a spring-delivery book, so this might be a fun addition.)

Ask English teachers to help with a Dear Diary spread including student reflections of their experience during the quarantine, possibly combined with student poetry.

Include an art spread. Ask art teachers for help: Choose a positive theme, (“Light in the Darkness”), then have students in fine arts and digital arts classes submit their work.

Make side-by-side comparisons. Find a student who has a friend or family member who lives elsewhere. I have a staffer who has family in England. Compare how the schools are handling this? Attitudes of the public? The extent of stay-at-home orders? The expected date for the virus to subside?

Shout-out to Mike Simons and Tesserae yearbook at Corning-Painted Post High School in Corning, New York for these evergreen coverage ideas.

No Day but Today! Take a look at (and scroll up to the top to the Month tab; use that for navigation.)

In Tesserae’s 2015 book, their staff covered Sept. 29’s National Coffee Day with an infographic and three quotes from coffee drinkers.

March 28th is Lady Gaga’s birthday — use it as an entry point in a coverage package about students’ favorite Gaga song.

April 2 is both National Burrito Day AND National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day — do a burrito/PB&J faceoff, in a two-quote, head-to-head coverage package (“he said/she said,” we used to call it…)

What’s on Your Playlist / What are You Binging? Talk with students about what they’re listening to and watching. Apple Music/iTunes and Spotify can tell students (and you) what’s in heavy rotation on their devices, and your staff can ask what people are streaming for music, on Netflix & Hulu and more.