Grading Practices

Student Publications is unique in how it operates. Therefore, there are some specific grading practices such classes utilize; however, the Grading Scale and general Grading Policies are in affect in conjunction with these practices.

Yearbook

The magazine is produced annually, but there are deadlines sprinkled through the year. It is within these deadlines where opportunities for points to be earned exist. The number of deadlines and the point values described are all subject to change depending upon the style (chronological versus traditional) of book being produced, including how various coverage components (such as weekly reporting) factor into the theme/focus of the yearbook.

  • Participation (weekly, bi-weekly or per deadline)

    • 10 points
    • The adviser determines how engaged the student is in the production of the yearbook. This carries a low point value because meeting the deadlines and producing quality work is more important than necessarily always being on task on a day-to-day basis.
  • Deadlines (the meeting of)
    • 20 points
    • Deadlines are set by the editors. In order to earn all possible points, all components need to be submitted. This means, if a single deadline rather than a rolling deadline is set, all articles, photos and designs must be completed by the deadline for maximum points to be achieved. Credit will be given if some, but not all, components are completed on time.
  • Writing, Photography, Design
    • 30 points
    • The focus of the yearbook is the content produced for it. Writing should adhere to sound journalistic practices and style. Photography should be of a high quality utilizing proper techniques. Designs should be visually appealing to highlight the writing and photography rather than detract from the work. This classification of points also includes properly preparing the pages/spreads for print. To earn all possible points, the work must meet these standards.
  • Revisions
    • 10 points
    • Editors will provide feedback on the writing, photography and design. This generally happens in two primary phases: before proofs of pages are received and after proofs of pages are received. In both instances, for maximum points to be earned, corrections must be made according to suggestions provided by editors in order to produce a high-quality product.

Magazine

The magazine is produced monthly, so each month there are new opportunities for points to be earned. Point values described are subject to change.

  • Participation
    • 10 points
    • The adviser determines how engaged the student is in the production of the magazine. This carries a low point value because meeting the deadlines and producing quality work is more important than necessarily always being on task on a day-to-day basis.
  • Deadlines (the meeting of)
    • 20 points
    • Deadlines are set by the editors. In order to earn all possible points, all components need to be submitted. This means, if a single deadline rather than a rolling deadline is set, all articles, photos and designs must be completed by the deadline for maximum points to be achieved. Credit will be given if some, but not all, components are completed on time.
  • Writing, Photography, Design
    • 30 points
    • The focus of the magazine is the content produced for it. Writing should adhere to sound journalistic practices and style. Photography should be of a high quality utilizing proper techniques. Designs should be visually appealing to highlight the writing and photography rather than detract from the work. This classification of points also includes properly preparing the pages/spreads for print. To earn all possible points, the work must meet these standards.
  • Website Postings
    • 10 points
    • All articles and photos must be posted to the website following publication. This should be done in a timely fashion, and articles/photos should be scheduled to appear throughout the publication month so as not to flood the site on one day and then let it go stagnant for the rest of the month.

Website

The website is produced bi-weekly (or every two weeks), so each month there are two new opportunities for points to be earned. Point values described are subject to change.

  • Participation
    • 10 points
    • The adviser determines how engaged the student is in the production of the website. This carries a low point value because meeting the deadlines and producing quality work is more important than necessarily always being on task on a day-to-day basis.
  • Deadlines (the meeting of)
    • 30 points
    • Deadlines are set by the editors. In order to earn all possible points, all assigned components need to be submitted. This means, if a single deadline rather than a rolling deadline is set, all articles, photos and multimedia (audio, video, slideshows, infographics, etc) must be completed by the deadline for maximum points to be achieved. Credit will be given if some, but not all, components are completed on time.
  • Writing, Photography, Multimedia
    • 30 points
    • The focus of the website is the content produced for it. Writing should adhere to sound journalistic practices and style. Photography should be of a high quality utilizing proper techniques. Multimedia should contribute to the coverage and highlight the writing and photography rather than detract from the work. To earn all possible points, the work must meet these standards.
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