Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Learning Outcomes

 
Undergrad:     Masters: 2
2: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the ethical guidelines and practices that govern the profession.

4
Excellent
3
Good
2
Fair
1
Poor
0
Unacceptable
  • A student's body of work at Capital News Service will show copious evidence of thorough and independent research, multiple and great variety of sources (all demonstrating fairness and accuracy.)

  • Sources used will be fully identified and all sides of particular points in will be given adequate space/time for explanation of their views.

  • All wording in all stories will demonstrate independent understanding of the subject and clarity of expression and will not even so much as echo the phrasing of any written sources used.

  • Publication on the CNS wires or channels will indicate no ethical violations were committed to produce the article, including, but not limited to overfamiliarity with sources.

  • A preponderance of the student's body of work at Capital News Service will be thoroughly and independently researched, display several, varied sources, which will be fully identified.

  • Language will show knowledge of the subject and will be in the student's own words.

  • Publication on the CNS wire or channel will indicate no ethical violations were committed to produce the story, including, but not limited to overfamiliarity with sources.

  • The student's body of work will contain fewer than half of the articles/packages containing just two or fewer sources, but will reveal an effort to contact other points of view.

  • All sources will be identified. Wording will be independent, but perhaps not polished.

  • Publication on the CNS wire or channels will indicate no ethical violations were committed to produce the article, including, but not limited to overfamiliarity with sources.

  • More than half of the student's body of work will contain two or fewer sources per article or package.

  • Sources are identified, but some identifications may be incomplete.

  • A few stories may have been withheld from the CNS wire or channels until ethical dilemmas, including unidentified sources, are cleared.

  • Ethical violations were discovered In a student's body of work, and the student was completely unaware of the ethical implications of reporting situations and one or more stories were withheld from the CNS wire or channels.

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