College Yearbooks: Things of the Past?

August 30- The Corolla is on “the brink of extinction.”


According to a story in today’s Tuscaloosa News, the University of Alabama yearbook is simply not considered relevant enough to students to pay the $70 cover charge. (Only 344 students in a school of 25,500 bought one last year.) “It is in a precarious financial situation,” the university president said. “It’s safe for this year, but if students are telling us they don’t value it, we may have to look at other options.” Other schools have seen their yearbooks disappear, the Tuscaloosa News notes, including the University of Tennessee, Mississippi State University and Purdue University.



OK, so the trend is confirmed. In the age of Facebook and cell phone cameras, traditional yearbooks are like TV antennas, and Blockbuster Video: Cute for their quaintness but otherwise entirely outdated. And let’s be honest, they also tend to cost too darn much.


One of the students involved with The Corolla proclaimed in its defense: “It’s about making history.” My problem is not with the sentiment. Certainly, yearbooks have historical value. But you cannot expect students to want to pay big bucks for something whose presentation style, along with its content, is a thing of the past.


Are some yearbooks bucking the trend or thinking outside the box in terms of presentation? Let me know!

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