Merrill College of Journalism - Learning Outcomes
 
Undergrad:     Masters: 1     Certificate:
1: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate written and oral communications skills and the ability to research and assess information critically through their reporting of relevant news stories publishable by a professional news outlet.

Research Component | Writing Component | Editing Component
4
Excellent
3
Good
2
Fair
1
Poor
0
Unacceptable
  • Tight, bright news lede that grabs the audience followed by clear, cogent, organized writing that shows some sense of personal style and depth of reporting

  • superior use of source interview (either in sound bites or quotes)

  • has no grammatical errors (or 0 to 10 percent of product)

  • Sentences, including lede, need some tightening and revision-requires minimal work to improve and writing style is somewhat better than the standard news formula of an inverted pyramid

  • good use of source interview (either in quotes or sound bites)

  • has a few (roughly 10-20 percent of product) grammatical errors

  • Has an identifiable lede, but writing needs revisions and writing style is flat or formulaic

  • adequate use of source interview (either in quotes or sound bites)

  • has some (roughly 20-30 percent of product) grammatical errors

  • Writing, including lede, needs significant revisions and writing is lacking a clear style or is formulaic

  • poor use of source interview (either in quotes or sound bites)

  • has a large number (roughly 30-60 percent of product) grammatical errors

  • Writing, including lede, is incomprehensible or disorderly

  • poor or inappropriate use of source interview (either in quotes or sound bites)

  • significant number (roughly 60-100 percent of product) of grammatical errors

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