Your Workshop Investment

The registration cost for the two and half day workshop is $175 per person for the yearbook track and $215 for the photography track.

This includes all sessions, materials, lunch each day and a ticket for all rides at Kemah Boardwalk.  (Breakfast and dinner is not included.)

There will be homework each night, but the workshop will travel to the Boardwalk on Wednesday night and participate in a staff activity on Thursday night.  Presentation posters will be due on Friday morning at 10:00 am.

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.  The Photography track is $215.

Newspaper Track

We will cover how to brainstorm dynamic story ideas, interviewing techniques, lead writing, news and feature structures, editing and more.

Hotel Info

Please contact the South Shore Harbor Resort to arrange for you hotel stay.  Rooms are $135.00 per night and can sleep up to four people per room.  Contact the hotel at (281) 334-1000, be sure to ask for the Jostens rate when booking.


On site check in for camp will open at 8:00 am, Wednesday, July 24th, in the lobby of the Marina Plaza.  The first session will begin at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be at noon each day, and we will conclude Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm.  Friday session’s will end by 12:30 pm.

A boxed lunch will be provided after the conclusion of the workshop.

Click here to download the Medical Release. Instructions for submitting it are on the printable form.

Your Instructors

Lizabeth A. Walsh, MA, MJE

Creative Accounts Manager

Lizabeth Walsh developed a passion for yearbook in her first year of teaching. During her 26 years as a public and private school English teacher and journalism adviser, she has helped many staffs turn their dreams into reality. She is a licensed secondary teacher and understands the challenges today's classroom teachers face.

Her newspaper and yearbook staffs earned CSPA gold medal ratings, NSPA All- American ratings, placed in NSPA Best of Show contests, and received JEA Write-Off honors. She was awarded CSPA’s Gold Key for service to scholastic journalism in 2011 and selected as a Distinguished Adviser by JEA’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year committee in 2012.

Walsh also served four years on JEA’s Curriculum Commission and 12 years on JEA’s Certification Committee as well as three years on CSPA’s Awards Committee. She remains involved in these national organizations as a convention speaker.

"I LOVE yearbooks. I love that they are a permanent record of the year and those people who spent it with you. I love that yearbook students have the opportunity to practice business skills in a real way with every book sale, photo shoot, interview, editorial decision, and design assignment. Yearbooks provide countless positive experiences to those who build them as well as those who buy them."

Lela Segal, Brazoswood High School

With seven yearbooks under her belt, Lela is definitely a veteran adviser.  Her teaching career started as a business and marketing teacher and eventually morphed into Journalism.  Which means, she started out like many new advisers, lost and looking for direction. Luckily, she had a great staff to help her ease into the job. Since then she has become more comfortable with yearbook as a whole. Segal loves helping new advisers and staff members because she remembers what it was like to have someone to lean on. She has created books using both Yearbook Avenue as well as Monarch, and her last two yearbooks were featured in the Josten’s Look Book!  She is also a wife, mom of three and avid photographer who enjoys traveling to beach destinations.

David Framel, Episcopal High School

David Framel has taught high school English and print and broadcast journalism for 32 years and presently advises for Episcopal High School in Bellaire, TX. His publications and staffs have earned numerous national and regional awards, including the Jostens Yearbook of Excellence Award for 6 consecutive years.  Framel regularly teaches at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention in NYC and various workshops in the Greater Houston area.

Alicia Merrifield, CJE, The Village School

If you would have asked Alicia 26 years ago if this is what she would have been teaching, she would have told you no! But after seven yearbook seasons, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  She is a YERD through and through. Merrifield has taught at Jostens Houston summer camp for the past three years, taught sessions at two national conferences, judged at the local, state, and national levels, received the JEA Rising Star award and has earned the ranking of CJE.  Her books have been featured in the Jostens Look Books for five years straight using both Yearbook Avenue and Monarch. One of her favorite things is mentoring growing staffs and brand new advisers. Alicia has been married to her husband for 26 years, and they have two children.

Katie Frazier, CJE, Mayde Creek High School

Katie Frazier is the yearbook and newspaper adviser at Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas. In 2016, she earned the JEA Rising Star Award and the TAJE Pathfinder Award. She also serves as a Regional Representative for TAJE. Her previous yearbook staff at Seven Lakes Junior High was a 2015 and 2018 NSPA Pacemaker Finalist, a 2016 CSPA Silver Crown winner, and a 2018 Gold Crown winner. Student journalism is her passion, and she loves learning from her fellow journalism educators and attending journalism conferences across the country. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, for almost fifteen years and has two awesome children.

Derek Gower- Photography

Derek Gower is a freelance commercial photographer from Arlington, Tx.  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 3 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.

Kevin Tatum Sr., M.Ed. Atascocita High School

Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Radio and Television) from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH in 1998- there were seasons in his career that Kevin Tatum Sr. had no idea when or if his degree would ever come full circle.  Fresh out of college and less than attracted to his options for employment in radio or television at the time, he developed a passion for education upon being recruited to serve as a substitute teacher in his childhood school district. Over the years his areas of instruction were many, including nearly everything from director of bands to credit recovery. After moving to Houston in 2014, Kevin was hired and is now in his third- year as a Yearbook, Newspaper and Journalism Teacher with Humble ISD. At the onset of this new yet familiar venture into the world of visual and written communications, his innate love of journalism was instantly excited; hence, over the last two years he has excelled among veterans- winning national recognition for both his first and second publications as a Yearbook Advisor.

Corey Hale–Lewisville High School, newspaper instructor

Corey Hale has been a journalism teacher and publication adviser in Texas for the past 17 years. A third-generation Texas public school teacher, Hale currently advises the national award-winning staffs of The Red Ledger online newspaper and Lovejoy News Network broadcast program at Lovejoy High School in Lucas. Prior to that, he was adviser for the Farmers’ Harvest and at Lewisville High School.

Before becoming a teacher, Hale worked as a sports reporter, editor and page designer for a daily newspaper in his hometown of Conway, Ark. He also contributed writing for the book “Conway: As it it is,” published in 2008.

His staffs have won top national and state honors including the NSPA Pacemaker, CSPA Gold Crown and the ILPC Gold Star. His students have also earned numerous individual honors including multiple Tops In Texas awards, CSPA Gold Circles, and NSPA Story/Broadcast/Photo of the year recognition. Hale is a past recipient of ILPC’s Edith Fox King Award, the 2012 Lewisville High School teacher of the year, and a 2011 Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow. He is currently serving his fifth term as Region 3 representative for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Hale enjoys teaching newspaper and editorial leadership classes at summer workshops and presenting sessions on topics such as sports writing and storytelling at state conventions.

When not working with his students, Hale spends his time cooking, singing and playing blues harmonica for a local cover band, and hanging out with his wife and 1-year-old son.