Students from the Roxbury High School Yearbook and Newspaper staff attended the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) fall conference at Rutgers University in late October.
"The way we view our yearbooks from high school might be changing."
This year’s annual GSSPA conference focused on enhancing student knowledge and involvement with writing, layout and design, upcoming technology, and how to incorporate new and unique perspectives to strengthen stories.
This year’s keynote speaker, Mike Simons described new and unique ways to use technology within a yearbook. Simons spoke of an app in which anyone with a smartphone can essentially scan the image within the yearbook, and the app will take the user to a video that is linked with that image.
Simons also shared why stories matter and invoked the audience to think deeper about the stories that are featured within the yearbook. He asked students to incorporate more background information and images of all the background work that goes into making school events successful.
Advisors and students experienced multiple opportunities at the conference and within each block of time to expand their current knowledge of available and upcoming technology, creating a unique perspective of storytelling, and how to market their materials to an audience.