Downloads to put in your high school yearbook and newspaper staff manual

The following documents are included in the staff manual, given to each staff member on the first day of school. I also include rubrics and writing guides that apply to each staff, as well as fun “advice” from last year’s seniors.

I get them printed at our district print shop, with a colored cardstock back and front cover and plastic comb binding. If budget allows, adding a clear plastic sheet on top helps to make it last through the year.

The staff is responsible for all the information in the manual, just like an employee would be. We don’t read the entire thing together, but I point out several parts on the first day and they highlight them to refer back to.

Below are documents you can use to build your staff manual.

Staff Manual


Simple Cover Design

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Author: Katie Moreno (with help from Tiffany Shirey & Leland Mallett)
Size: 433.97 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Job Descriptions

Size: 302.67 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Code of Ethics

Author: Society of Professional Journalists
Size: 58.57 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Code of Conduct

Size: 273.62 KB
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Press Policies

Size: 385.08 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Communication Contract

Size: 302.77 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Rules for Travel

Size: 250.14 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Style Guide

Size: 307.97 KB
Hits: 238
Date added: 06-20-2017

Equipment Contract

Size: 233.56 KB
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Date added: 06-20-2017

Statements & Signatures

I make each staff member return this document at the beginning of the school year signed by the student and their parents.
Size: 240.02 KB
Hits: 236
Date added: 06-20-2017

Sports Photography Cheat Sheet

Author: Kel Lemons
Size: 1.31 MB
Hits: 301
Date added: 06-20-2017
FILE INFORMATION: Some are downloadable documents, others are links, most often to view-only Google Docs. You can copy (File > Make a Copy) the document to your drive and it will be editable. Remember, use “Find and Replace” under the Edit menu to replace the school name/mascot/adviser name with your own!

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