– Reporting/Grading Rubric

For Sidekick journalists, they will receive Six Week Analysis grade at the end of each grading period. This grade examines their weekly assignments and postings throughout.

For writers, they can produce feature stories, news stories, columns/editorials/reviews, sporting event preview and coverage, question and answer pieces, in-depth reports, blogs or videos.

For photographers, they will be producing weekly photo galleries (will be looking for variety of topics), Photos of the Day (looking for people and activity on campus) and photo assignments.

For graphic designers, this will include graphic assignments (heavy emphasis on infographics, not illustrative supplements) and page designs.

For the business/PR staff, this will include ad contracts and payments received, the number of businesses contacted, and quality/quantity of social media postings (daily and variety on all platforms).

The adviser will be looking for the following in the analysis: variety of content, quality of work/writing, timeliness, enterprise, variety of sources, different structure or platforms (in-depth story, video segment, Q&A, etc.), event coverage.

Simply posting short entries each week resembling what used to be blogs will not result in a passing grade.

GRADE 96-100: OUTSTANDING! ON THE MARK!

– At least two of the stories are well-developed beyond the 500 word mark

– One or more live event was covered, with short preview posted before and coverage story posted the following day

– All content went through proper editing channels

– Content is 100 percent factual and complies with AP Style

– Minimum of one different type of piece: a podcast, Q&A, video, etc.

– Photo Gallery captures emotion of its subjects and tells a story

– All Photos of the Day are current and not staged; photos are in appropriate areas of the building (for example, not in D115 or featuring the same students/location already used)

– One or more live event covered by a photographer

– Minimum $300 advertising has been sold (contract signed and/or payment has been received – verbal or email agreement is not acceptable)

– Multiple infographics have been created to supplement stories

– Page Designs completed and not missing any content

GRADE 85-95: GOOD! SOLID WORK

– Two of the stories are well-developed but fall short of a 500 word benchmark

– One or more live event was covered, but missing short preview or timely coverage story

– Minimal steps were missed during the editing process

– Minimal content errors or AP Style mistakes

– Missing one different type of piece: a podcast, Q&A, video, etc.

– Photo Gallery captures emotion of its subjects and tells a story, but does not meet potential by lacking additional photographers

– Most Photos of the Day are current and not staged; photos are in appropriate areas of the building (for example, not in D115 or featuring the same students/location already used)

– Missing one or more live event covered by a photographer

– Falling just short of $300 advertising has been sold (contract signed and/or payment has been received – verbal or email agreement is not acceptable)

– Missing an infographic created to supplement a story

– Page Designs completed for the most part but missing some content (headlines, cutlines, photos, etc.)

GRADE 70-84: ACCEPTABLE, NEEDS SOME WORK

– Two stories not fully developed and fall short of 500 word benchmark

– One or more live event was not covered; missing short preview or timely coverage story

– Multiple steps were missed during the editing process

– Multiple content errors or AP Style mistakes

– Missing more than one different type of piece: a podcast, Q&A, video, etc.

– Photo Gallery(s) missing emotion or the element of story telling

– Most Photos of the Day are current and not staged; photos are in appropriate areas of the building (for example, not in D115 or featuring the same students/location already used)

– Missing one or more live event covered by a photographer

– Falling well short of $300 advertising sold (contract signed and/or payment has been received – verbal or email agreement is not acceptable)

– Missing infographics

– Page Designs missing content (headlines, cutlines, photos, etc.)

BELOW 70: DOES NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS, NEEDS SIGNIFICANT WORK

– Missing fully developed stories

– Did not cover live event with preview/coverage story

– Did not follow the editing process correctly

– Content is factually incorrect and does not comply with AP Style

– Content does not have presentation variety

– Missing photo galleries

– Missing or inappropriate Photos of the Day

– Photographer does not cover live event

– Business staffer does not have advertising revenue

– Graphic designer does not complete appropriate infographics

– Page Designs not completed by deadline

For your stories, refer to the Reporting Rubric:

Reporting Rubric

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