For the applications below, know that these are pretty extensive because I have many kids apply and limited space on staff, due to limited computers. This application was a weed-out process. Know that your application can be MUCH simpler, especially if you are in the recruitment phase of growing your program. My thinking was that if they weren’t willing to do the application, they wouldn’t be willing to do the work on staff.
I do not make current staff reapply – if there was someone who I felt wasn’t working well on staff, it was a private conversation, or they were removed for some reason.
I give them out after Thanksgiving break, and they are due the last day of finals (for Journalism 1 and 1st semester of PhotoJ). I have two separate classes for PhotoJ, so for 2nd semester, I really have to hype it up and give out the apps right away, because our course selections are in January.
I would release the editor applications in April, after the yearbook is done. There is an application form, a presentation of their ideas, and interview with the current senior editors + adviser.
Also included below are forms you can use for congratulations letters and regrets letters for kiddos who aren’t quite right for a leadership role just yet.