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Jostens Summer Yearbook Workshop at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas– July 24-26, 2017

Featuring Sessions covering:

  • Theme Development
  • Trends
  • Coverage
  • Cover Design
  • Ladder Planning
  • Games
  • Technology
  • Adviser Sessions
  • Editor Sessions
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting
  • Section Design
  • Caption Writing
  • Planning And Organization
  • Headline Writing
  • Copy Writing
  • Selling/Marketing
  • Business Manager Training
  • Staff Management/Organization
  •  Plus An Exclusive Photography Track!

Martha Akers is our 2017 keynote speaker.

Martha Akers, the 2005 JEA Yearbook Adviser of the Year, has been advising yearbook and teaching photojournalism at Loudoun Valley High School for 29 years. Her students’ yearbooks have been recognized at the state and national levels. The Saga has received NSPA’s Pacemaker, CSPA’s Gold Crown and VHSL’s Trophy on numerous occasions. Akers, who speaks at and directs conventions and workshops nationwide, has received CSPA’s Gold Key, NSPA’s Pioneer Award, VHSL’s Lifetime Achievement Award, VHSL’s Torch Award and SIPA’s Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, she was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame in  October 2008. She has also been inducted into OIPA’s National Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame. In 1999 she received JEA’s Distinguished Yearbook Adviser Award. A contributor to various scholastic journalism publications, Akers co-authored CSPA’s Scholastic Yearbook Fundamentals and the CSPA yearbook critique.

Learn from the experts!  In addition to our cover artists, tech support specialists, and special guest speakers, you will also learn from these local journalism icons!

Margaret Sorrows, CJE, Margaret Sorrows, CJE, taught digital photography and advised the yearbook, print and online newspaper at Bryant High School. She was the  Journalism Education Association H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year for 2015 and is now the first Jostens Ambassador of Yearbook.

Besides Martha and Margaret we'll have Jostens Tech experts to show you everything new in all that is yearbook technology! Your staff members will have hands-on lab time where you can work on your own 2018 yearbook!


Our schedule

Monday, July 24

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Registration in the Lobby of Mabee Business Bldg. Lunch on your Own

1 - 8:30 p.m.

Workshop Sessions and Staff Time with Dinner Break

Tuesday, July 25

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Workshop Sessions and Cover Design Sessions

11:45 -1:15 p.m.   Lunch Break

1:15 - 5:00 p.m. 

Workshop Sessions and Cover Design Sessions

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.   Dinner Break

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Workshop Sessions and Staff Time

Wednesday, July 26

8 - 11 a.m.

Workshop Sessions/Breakout Sessions

11 - 12:30 p.m.   Awards/Closing Session

Registered advisers will receive a detailed schedule of classes and session times closer to the workshop date. Times of day are approximate at this time.

What to bring

Each STAFF will need:

-2 copies of your last yearbook

-a camera

-last year’s ladder

-2018 yearbook kit

-2018 theme and design ideas

-flash drive to save work

-total dollar amount of 2017 ad and book sales*

-total dollar amount spent on 2017 supplies (cameras, ink, printers, etc.)*

*(this is important in planning your budget, so please take time to get this information)

Each STUDENT will need:

-pen or pencil

-one notebook

-design ideas (bring examples!)

-a great attitude

Each Photography Student will need:

-his/her own camera with memory card

-laptop for editing photos

-memory card reader

-batteries or chargers


Hotel Accommodations

Below is a list of hotels for you to call  to make reservations for you and your staff.  The Heritage Inn is located on the Harding campus and has a number of rooms, but they will go quickly.  All other hotels are located in Searcy in very close proximity to the campus. You are responsible for making your own reservations.

AGAIN THIS YEAR: The Heritage Inn on campus is offering a 20% discount to schools who mention they’re attending the Jostens Summer Workshop. Use the code “jost17”. There are limited rooms available, and rooms are first come, first served.


No one is registered until we receive their Release Form. Please click this button to download it.

Heritage Inn  (on campus)
501-279-4700 or  1-888-766-2465

Holiday Inn Express     501-279-9991 or  1-800-Holiday

Hampton Inn      501-278-9922 or  1-800-Hampton

Best Western       501-279-9191

Microtel Inn & Suites 501-268-1555

Additional Info

Workshop Registration and Sessions:

-Registration fee is only $100 per person if postmarked by June 1st, 2017.

-Registration fees after June 1st will be $125 per person.

-Hotel and meal costs are not included.

-Adviser fee will be waived for advisers with 5 or more attending students!

-Fees include 2 and 1/2 days and evenings of instruction, workshop materials, activities and a T-shirt.

-   There will be beginning and advanced tracks, informative general sessions, artist sessions with a Jostens cover artist and of course, there will be a lot of staff time for you to plan your next yearbook!