New program makes yearbooks more personal

  • Article by: SUZANNE ZIEGLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2010 - 11:20 PM

High school students are getting to add their own photos and more to yearbooks.

High school yearbooks have long been at the mercy of yearbook staffs to decide just who gets in how many times.

But students at some Minnesota schools are getting the chance at plenty of face time.

Yearbook giant Jostens Inc. of Minneapolis is offering students at about 40 Minnesota high schools the chance to create their own personalized pages that will be bound into their own copy of the yearbook.

For $15 students can upload photos and create their own eight pages, which will be at the back of the yearbook next to pages set aside for autographs.

The site, www.yearbookyourself.com, provides layouts, backgrounds, stickers and shapes to be incorporated into the design.

"Students can add pictures of themselves, their friends, poetry, artwork and photography," said Jostens spokesman Rich Stoebe. "It's a great way to really involve more students in the overall yearbook program."

Schools that are participating are letting students know about it now. But students who want to get more personal pages also can go to the site to see if their school is taking part. (Registration is required to use the site.)

Nationally, the program is being rolled out to about 1,000 schools. More schools will eventually be added.

Suzanne Ziegler • 612-673-1707

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