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September Checklist


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  • If you haven’t already, get your hands on our new curriculum, How to Yearbook: The HJ Way, available in print through your rep, and supplements online at Read the Welcome section — and remember to breathe!
  • Ramp up 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
  • Set your important dates with administrators: Picture day, club picture day, etc.
  • Sell 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.
  • Have you called your rep today? Make sure you have hammered out budgets, deadlines and other important details.
  • Fill in your wall ladder or desk ladder, and make sure you have all sports, clubs, academic areas and pre-planned events covered. Brainstorm new ways to cover them.
  • Choose fonts, color palettes and designs using your HJ kit resources.


  • Ask your rep about Sales Assist and Send and Sell. These are tools we provide to help you make sales.
  • Get those photographers snappin’. Make sure your staffers are capturing the images of the year as school begins.
  • Review roles of staffers, discuss workflow, approval process and begin gathering content for the first deadline.
  • Cover and endsheet deadlines are right around the corner. Make sure you’ve checked your deadlines on
  • Plan coverage for your opening, closing and dividers. Remember to make visual-verbal connections.


  • Start putting type packages together for headlines. Choose styles for caption lead-ins, subheads and sidebars.
  • How are your ads selling? Your deadlines should be in October. Consider a whole-staff sell-a-thon if you’re falling behind.
  • Chart your deadlines and assign spreads to each.
    Make a calendar of worknights and make sure everyone, including parents, knows what’s up.



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