If you want the BEST yearbook ever in 2019 then you have come to the right place. Register here for
at The Classic Center in Athens, June 18 - 20, 2018

Anyone who has attended yearbook workshop will tell you: “it’s a lot of work and a lot of fun.” Develop your theme. Brainstorm your coverage. Learn how to write. Design templates. Set your marketing plan. And live it up!

Start your workshop experience now. Expect all decision-making editors and recruit as many staff members as you can to commit to attending the workshop. The more you have trained, the better the experience will be.

Our summer workshop is a great team bonding and building time for you and your staff. Check out all of the spring planning activities in the Digital Classroom on Yearbook Avenue.

Now, some serious stuff  – Be a yearbook scout.
  • Narrow theme choices down to no more than three. Bring a cover sketch, endsheet, title page, opening/closing, divider and parting page. Have some font and color ideas.
  • Bring last year’s ladder and copies of your yearbook (for reference and trading).
  • Don’t forget your “yearbook notebook” so you can take notes, sketch ideas and plan marketing ideas. Pens, pencils, colored pens/marker and pencils
  • Prepare to be social. Bring your cell phones/tablets and your cameras so you can share your experience with friends.
  • Collect ideas for inspiration at the workshop. Create idea notebooks now that you can bring to camp. Compile story, headline, writing, photo/photo treatment, font, color and other graphic design ideas.
  • Laptops can be used for exploring inspirations as well as starting the actual production on the book.
  • Photography Track participants need to bring a digital DSLR camera, memory cards, chargers, as well as any lenses and detachable flashes you may have.
  • Bring your school calendar and your budget for time and fiscal planning.

Jostens Reps

These Jostens reps will have schools attending the workshop.


Advisers, Editors, Photographers & Staffers

Yearbook Summer Workshop

The Classic Center Athens, GA

June 18 - 20, 2018

Plan your entire 2019 book over three days

Save by registering early! See the registration page for details.

Andrea Avery
Lyndsey Bland-Gunn
John Bumgarner
Matt Felis
Suzanne Ross

The Classic Center is located in the heart of Downtown Athens, Georgia. Complimentary wireless internet access and audio-visual with plug-and-play capabilities makes The Classic Center a perfect location for the summer workshop. On-site parking is available in

The Classic Center's 644-space parking deck.


Monday, June 18

Tuesday, June 19

Wednesday, June 20

Theme Concept, Design, Spread Content Planning, Mini-Session.

Ladder Diagram, Coverage, Mini-Sessions, Complete Portfolio

Business Planning, Mini-Sessions, Advisers/ Editors Only. Awards Presentation

Artist sessions and breakout sessions that staff members & advisers will be able to select from on various Yearbook topics.



Brenda Fields, MJE, has been advising yearbooks for the past 20 years. Her staff at Glenbrook South High School creates a nearly 500-page book that has been recognized by state and national press associations and has regularly earned NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Crowns. A Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, she serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Journalism Education Association and is also the JEA state director.  She lives and breathes yearbook and loves every aspect of working with students, both at home and at workshops, as they bring their vision to life.

Brenda Fields

Matthew LaPorte is in his 9th year advising the Southwest Shadow Online News Site and The Howl Yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. He serves as the JEA NV State Director and the Co-President of the Southern Nevada Society of Journalists. He was recognized in 2015 as a JEA Rising Star. The Howl has been recognized as an NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Finalist, an NSPA All-American evaluated publication and a CSPA Gold Medalist. Check him out on Twitter @educatelaporte and Instagram @matthew.laporte.

Matthew LaPorte

John was a Jostens Creative Account Manager, a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key recipient, a National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer, a Southern Interscholastic Press Association Distinguished Adviser and a Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit and Friend of Scholastic Journalism award winner.

Amy is the journalism teacher and publications adviser at Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kan. (a suburb of Kansas City). She advises the newspaper, yearbook and photojournalism staffs, and co-advises the website staff. Her students’ publications have earned All-Kansas and All-American honors and been recognized as Pacemaker finalists. Amy is a frequent workshop and convention speaker. She is a member of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association executive board.

Mike is a Dallas, Texas-based freelance photojournalist and teaches photojournalism workshops throughout the nation. In 2004, he was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame. He is a co-author of “Get the Picture” published by Jostens and developed a digital photojournalism curriculum for a university based in Colorado. Mike sees his role as a visual storyteller. “Your story, my eyes,” he says. Mike’s work can be viewed at McLeanPhoto.com.

John Cutsinger

Amy Morgan

Mike McLean




Hotel accommodations will be the school's responsibility to coordinate. Jostens has reserved rooms at the following Downtown Athens hotels. Be sure to call and ask for the Jostens group rate.
Hilton Garden Inn • Athens Downtown $144.00+tax/night *
Across the street from The Classic Center
390 East Washington Street, Athens, GA, 30601
Tel:  706-353-6800
Holiday Inn Hotel • Athens
197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601
Tel:  706-549-4433
To get the Jostens pricing online, use the code JOS at checkout
Hotel Indigo
500 College Avenue, Athens, GA, 30601
Tel:  706-546-0430
Holiday Inn Express
513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601
Tel:  706-546-8122
To get the Jostens pricing online, use the code JOS at checkout
Meal vouchers for local restaurants will be given to all participants.
Some restaurants included are:
  • Five Guys
  • Subway
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Momma Goldberg’s Deli
  • Mona New Orleans
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Little Italy Pizzaria
  • Gyro Wrap
  • GiGi’s Cupcakes
  • Athens Bagel Co
  • Waffle House
See a complete list of downtown restaurants by clicking here and choosing Restaurants.

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