A traditional calendar can be jazzed up with photos, color and fun facts!
In fact, a calendar doesn't have to look like a calendar at all. Be creative and use the calendar as a way to break out small features.
"Is it just me?"
TV Guide tackles the subjects that might have several readers asking the same question. A fun way to provide answers people want.
Sometimes a Q&A is a fun way to present information. Fun questions will make this feature more lively.
Fill in the blanks...
Like a Q&A, this idea starts a sentence the interview subject must finish.
Making the grade
Each issue, Men's Health grades American cities in a different area. How could this idea be adapted for a high school publication?
My first time
Keep it clean! This idea might feature a basketball team member explaining how he shot his first three-pointer or the first time a dean had to discipline a student.
What it feels like...
Like, My first time, maybe a cross country runner explains what it feels like to run a race or a theater kid explains how it feels on opening night.
The book that changed my life
Here is a great way to incorporate a profile and a book review! As part of a personality profile, have a person talk about an important book from their life. This would also work with movies and music!
A feature that answers the questions of your readers is a great idea. Don't just have a staff member provide the answers, have a reporter find expert sources to provide detailed answers.
Many people are using sites like Twitter, but why not record the best of the best on the printed page?
Here's another fun and easy idea that gives the reader a new perspective on your subject. Perhaps you cover a student at home in the evening and let readers see what happens after school.
This idea is also perfect for personality profiles. People love to show off their collections and hobbies. This could be a regular feature that allows a student not normally featured in the paper to get some coverage.
Yet another idea that is simple and fun. By using pull-outs, a reader can see what's what on a person's desk. This would be great when covering teachers and administrators.
Brackets aren't just for March. By getting student responses, a reporter could craft a bracket to determine the best lunch item, elective or rival team to beat!
Charts are a fun way to compare information. Perhaps you use a chart to compare sandwich shops, class officer candidates or winter sports.
What I know
Here's a tricky one. What I know is like a Q&A without the Q. Each paragraph is a stand-alone response, creating an informal, conversational feature.
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