Grading Template


Accuracy and truth are the core principles of all journalists. Factual errors and misspelled names in your reporting work will cost you half an assignment’s points, forcing an automatic failure. Triple check all factual claims and names in your reporting projects before you turn them in. As the old journalism standard goes, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” You will also lose points for other spelling, grammar, punctuation and AP Style mistakes. And remember, missing a deadline will result in a zero.

Your reporting assignments will be graded based on the following criteria:

  1. Accuracy: All your work must present factual matter correctly. All names must be spelled correctly. All stories should not present a bias, but rather should be an accurate portrayal of events. Again, misrepresenting false information as factual and spelling names wrong will cost you 50 points.
  2. Clarity: You may have done some of the finest reporting work known to man, but if you can’t present your information in a clear and coherent manner, then it will have no effect on your audience. Word choice, story/package organization, simplicity, multimedia tools all contribute to clarity.
  3. Completeness: You must cover completely any event or reporting assignment that you cover. Include all pertinent information. A cursory examination of a topic will leave readers questioning your credibility and your ability.
  4. Online Options: The multimedia, social media, online tools you choose to use will impact your grade. Think clearly and intelligently about the extra elements you add to your story. They must be strategically chosen and well executed. They’re not last-minute add-ons. They’re enhancements to your reporting.