Checklist and Rubrics

Print this page to ensure you complete all necessary components before the end of the semester.

Assignment/Points Checklist

  • □ Attendance (50 pts.)
  • □ Homework/Participation (50 pts.)
  • □ Daily Story #1 (50 pts.)
  • □ Daily Story #2 (50 pts.)
  • □ Enterprise Story #1 (100 pts.)
  • □ Enterprise Story #2 (100 pts.)
  • □ Blotter Check (25 pts.)
  • □ Court Check (25 pts.)
  • □ “Quest” #1 (25 pts.)
  • □ “Quest” #2 (25 pts.)
  • □ Team Project (125 pts.)
  • □ Individual Project (150 pts.)

Broadcast Daily Story Component Checklist

  • □ Written intro video for KentWired
  • □ Anchor lead that you write and offer to TV2 (optional for TV2 to use, of course, although you could front your own story, too)
  • □ VO with your voice behind it and your b-roll (50 pts.)
  • □ On-camera interview with appropriate source
  • □ Anchor tag you write and offer to TV2
  • □ Extra web content, like chart, graph, photo, timeline, etc. (we’ll work on some options in class)
  • □ If you’re covering your meeting, three tweets with highlights to @kentwired

RPA Daily Story Grading Rubric

Newsworthiness: Is the story newsworthy? Does it address a public policy issue that needs to be in the news quickly? Is it timely? – 15 points

Content: Does the story contain sufficient information and context? Does the story show you understand the subject or issue on which you’re reporting? Do you cover the story efficiently and comprehensively, even with a quick turnaround? Does your story include the appropriate number of sources in a position to add dimension and/or information? Broadcast: This story is essentially a VO/SOT. See the separate outline (Broadcast Daily Story Component Checklist) so you are sure of what you need to complete. – 15 points

Editing: Is the story well edited and free of errors? Does the order for the elements in the story make sense–is it well organized and use quotes well? Is the pacing of the story logical and correct? Does it transition well? Broadcast: Is the video free of jump-cuts and black frames? Are the shots well lit, well framed and in focus? Did you use a tripod? For standups, are your backgrounds well-chosen? Is the video interesting? Is you audio clear and cleanly edited–are you understandable, and do you perform well? Do all the tracks work well together? MM News: If your story is well written, is it well edited and free of misspellings and grammatical errors? Did you follow AP Style? Did you write in complete sentences and use active voice? – 10 points

Online: Did you write a brief for the web? MM News: In written stories, did you add links to outside Web content? Did you create additional content for the story, like audio clips from your interview, a short video version of your interview, a timeline, chart or graph? Broadcast: Did you crate an intro paragraph for the Web? Did you create secondary Web content, like timelines, graphs or charts? – 10 points

Total Possible Points: 50

RPA Enterprise Story Grading Rubric

Newsworthiness: Is the story newsworthy? Does it address a public policy issue of substance and depth? Is it timely? – 25 points

Content: Does the story contain sufficient information and context? Does it effectively use description and detail? Does the story show you understand the subject or issue on which you’re reporting? Do you quote or use material from at least three different authoritative sources? Does it contain public records or data analysis? Do you answer all of the important questions and explain the main issues in your story comprehensively? Broadcast: This should be a full package, not a VO/SOT. Use the same guidelines you had for BBR. – 25 points

Editing: In any format, is the story well edited and free of errors? Does the order of the story make sense–is it well organized and use quotes well? Is the pacing and flow of the story logical and correct? Broadcast: For video, does it use natural sound effectively and appropriately? Are the audio tracks mixed properly? Is the video free of jump-cuts and black frames? Are the shots well lit, well framed and focused correctly? Did you use a tripod? For standups, are your backgrounds well-chosen? Is your video interesting? Is your audio clear and cleanly edited–are you understandable, and do you perform well? MM News: Is your story well edited and free of misspellings, grammatical errors and follow AP Style? Do you use strong sentence structure and write descriptively? Do you explain difficult concepts in a simple-to-understand way? Do you use active voice? – 25 points

Online: Did you include extra elements for the Web in completing your story? MM News: In written stories, did you add links to outside Web content? Did you create additional content for the story, like audio clips from your interview, a short video version of your interview, a timeline, chart or graph? Broadcast: Did you crate an intro paragraph for the Web–and include links to outside Web content where appropriate? Did you create secondary Web content, like timelines, graphs or charts? – 25 points

Total Possible Points: 100