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Covering high school graduation

I’m trying to come up with a more innovative way to cover high school graduation, and was hoping someone here might have some ideas.

Nine public high schools graduate on the same day. In the past, we’ve done a “graduate on the street” format where a reporter/photographer does a Q&A with a graduating senior the day of graduation. We try to get a diverse group of graduates and pick someone who isn’t the valedictorian/salutatorian/perfect attendance graduate to spotlight a regular kid.

We have photographers and photo stringers at all the high schools shooting pictures that are used in a graduation spread along with the graduate spotlight.

My editor doesn’t want to do that “graduate on the street” format anymore. I’ve been trying to think of something else, but am failing to come up with a new idea.

How do you cover high school graduation? Any good ideas I can steal?



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