Back to Yearbook

    Quick Caption Writing Checklist

    Staffers can use this checklist as a quick and easy way to be sure captions are complete and have variety on each spread.

      The caption has some sort of starter — introductory phrase, bold face, color, all caps.

      The first sentence is written in present tense.

      Subsequent sentences are written in past tense.

      The caption has at least two sentences.

      There is variety in the way captions start. Not every caption begins with a name.

      The caption tells more than what is obvious in the photograph.

      The writer’s opinion is avoided in the caption.

      The caption uses picture-painting verbs.

      The caption gives information not already included in the story.

      Sports opponents are identified by jersey number and name.

    Want more? Check out our top 10 list for writing detailed captions.

     

    Additional Resources

    Yearbook is for Life

    While the language varies, it’s no surprise so many people in the yearbook world share common sentiments. There’s a nearly universal dread as deadlines somehow become more difficult at the end. Everyone is busy and tired — maybe overwhelmed.

    Keep Reading

    Yearbook Marketing Ideas

    Explore this whole list of tips to promote your yearbook sales!

    Keep Reading

    The Future Starts Here

    One professional designer has three JEA/NSPA conventions to thank for his career. So, take note fall convention attendees. You never know which students will find their callings, their careers and their tribes through high school publications.

    Keep Reading