Yearbooks ARE worth it

Yearbooks may be expensive, but Teens & Twenties writer Emily Fogleman describes the hard work and dedication that goes into producing them. / Metro Creative Graphics

Commentary by Emily Fogleman
Times-News correspondent

   What’s a high school memento everyone likes to have, but the cost may seem monstrous and undoable? A yearbook.
Yearbooks document the year and remind people of all the good times in high school, doing their best to counteract the bad.
Lynn Bare, a yearbook adviser at Southern Alamance High School said she disagrees.
“The workload for a staff member is selling ads and designing ad layouts. They must spend time interviewing people and writing copy. They must also spend time taking pictures,” she said.
All the time, effort and creativity thrown into a yearbook should count for something in the public’s eye. It is not an easy or quick process. This effort is one reason yearbooks cost what seems like an exorbitant amount, but actually isn’t when put into numbers.
Yearbook staffs may not receive enough money to completely fund their supplies that will help produce the best yearbook possible. A camera that will take high-quality sports pictures can cost around $1,000. Computers and programs to create the pages are expensive as well. Throw in other miscellaneous costs and there is already a substantial amount of money involved in making a yearbook.
This is excluding the actual costs of printing yearbooks; 500 yearbooks may cost $50,000. Some of that money is earned through ad selling, but the rest has to come through high yearbook sales.
That also explains why waiting to order your book can increase the amount you pay. Southern’s yearbooks, for instance, begin at $60 but can cost as much as $85 if folks wait toward the end of the year to buy theirs. If the company has to print more, the school has to pay the company more.
It may seem that schools are just out to get your money when you buy a yearbook, but next time you hear the price of a yearbook and gasp, remember all the hard work that goes into it. Remember the time spent on perfecting the book as much as possible. Remember the money the yearbook staff has to earn just to deliver the books to school.

Emily Fogleman is a junior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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