Your Workshop Investment

The registration cost for the two and half day workshop is $165 per person for yearbook tracks and $200 for the photography track. If your school brings five student attendees then your adviser is half price. Your investment includes all sessions, materials and lunch each day. There will be a staff activity on Thursday evening, but afterward is free time for staffs. Dinner is not included.

There will be homework each night and on Wednesday evening staffs are invited to travel to the Kemah Boardwalk for “Rock the Dock” festivities. This is optional, however, we will have competitions and a photographic scavenger hunt again this year at the Boardwalk.

Instructional Tracks

Beginner Yearbook Track

This track is for students with little, to no yearbook experience.  These classes will focus on yearbook basics, such as theme planning, double page spread design, headline, caption and story writing, coverage, and choosing photos.

Advanced Yearbook Track

The Advanced Yearbook track is for students who have worked on yearbook before and know the basics.  We will be covering advanced theme development, managing staff, editing, advanced writing skills, and cropping.  This tract is designed to prepare the upcoming leadership team of your staff.

Photography Track

Students MUST bring their own camera for these sessions.  Students in this track will learn basics of using your camera’s features and function working in preset program Modes, includes hands on sessions.  We will also work with using the factors of exposure, understanding the digital lens, photo composition, flash basics, Photoshop tricks, cropping and more.  There is an additional $35 charge for the photography track.

Hotel Info

Reservations are to be made directly with South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center at an unbelievable $118 per night per room rate (plus taxes, bring your tax exemption for 6% hotel rate). The hotel is located at 2500 South Shore League City, TX.

Make reservations by calling 281-334-1000.  Ask for In-house reservations, and the Jostens Houston Summer Yearbook Workshop room block. Book early to guarantee your space which may be limited.


On site check in for camp will open at 8:00 am on Wednesday, July 27th in the lobby of the Marina Plaza. The first session will begin at 10:00 am. Lunch will be at noon each day for one hour and we will conclude Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00pm. Friday will end by 12:30pm. A boxed lunch will be provided after the conclusion of the workshop.

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Your Instructors




Donna Magana - Basic. Yearbook

For more than twenty-five years Donna Magana has been involved in yearbook production in one way or another. It would be fair to say that yearbooks are her passion.

Donna discovered yearbook production her junior year at Deer Park High School and later served as Editor in Chief of The Deer. She then went on to major in Journalism at Sam Houston State University and worked on the Alcalde staff for four years, three of which she held the position of Editor in Chief while also contributing to the university newspaper, The Houstonian.

Margie Raper- Advanced Yearbook

Margie Raper, MJE, advises student publications and teaches journalism and photojournalism at Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX. She is proud to share her passion for scholastic journalism with her students, see them grow as storytellers and celebrate their achievements. She serves as the president-elect of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators.

Derek Gower- Photography

Derek Gower is a freelance commercial photographer from Arlington, Texas. He works with clients in healthcare and education, shoots for local magazines and businesses, and co-owned Fox & Finch Photography, a wedding photography business, for 4 years. He has taught and helped teach photography workshops with Jostens for 2 years, and loves getting the opportunity to help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to grow as photographers.