About The Bluestone

The Bluestone is James Madison University's award-winning yearbook. The Bluestone was first published in 1910 and has been published every year since, making us the university's oldest publication. The Bluestone is published in the spring, covering all events and activities from approximately March of one year to March of the following year. The book is created and produced by an entirely student staff led by the Editor(s)-in-Chief.

Originally called the Schoolmaam, the yearbook was first published in the 1909-1910 academic year, and consisted of 122 editorial pages and 30 advertisements. The yearbook officially became The Bluestone in 1962. At that time the staff was composed of student representatives elected by various student organizations, with editors chosen by the student body. The Editor(s)-in-Chief are chosen from the group of editors by a faculty committee. Now the staff is selected through an application selected and the Editor(s)-in-Chief is named by the previous year’s Editor(s)-in-Chief, the faculty advisor, and the Media Board.

The Bluestone averages around 300 pages per year; it features popular sections such as Through Your Lens, which started in the 1970s and features independently-taken student pictures. In 1997, The Bluestone became officially recognized for its excellence by earning a number of national awards. The Bluestone continues to win nationally prestigious awards today, such as The Gold Crown, Pacemaker awards, and the prestigious Benny Award.

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