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August Checklist


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  • Have you called your rep today? Hammer out budgets and deadlines now.
  • Curriculum resources aplenty: How to Yearbook: The HJ Way, is available in print with resources online at
    If you’re new, read the Welcome section!
  • Start teaching with online video tutorials for eDesign and InDesign. (Click the help button when you’re logged in to eDesign or check out the Learn menu on
  • Get right with your admins. Sync your calendars and introduce your editors.
  • Set up eBusiness. Find it in the Setup menu on
  • ll that book. Don’t miss the opportunity to sell yearbooks at registration or back-to-school nights. Consider offering the lowest price of the year at these events.
  • Find your HJ kit and start making decisions about the book. Use the desk ladder or wall ladder to chart a coverage plan. Choose fonts, color palettes and designs using the kit resources.


  • If you already have a theme for this year, decide if you’ll follow a traditional coverage model or an alternative plan, like chronological or umbrella.
  • Get those photographers snappin’. Make sure your staffers are capturing the start of school.
  • Review staffers’ roles, discuss workflow, approval process and begin gathering content for the first deadline.
  • Start designing your cover and endsheets.
  • Returning staffers should be planning the look and feel of the book. Theme carries over to opening/closing, endsheets, dividers and mods.


  • Build type packages for headlines. Choose styles for caption lead-ins, subheads and sidebars.
  • Some advisers start working from the back of the book with ads. Some start with the front. Choose which works best for you.
  • Assign spreads to each deadline. Create a calendar and make sure everyone, including parents, know what’s up.



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