Merrill College of Journalism - Learning Outcomes
Undergrad: 7 Masters: Certificate:
7: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax and can apply Associated Press style to their news stories in a manner acceptable by a professional news outlet.

Grammar Component

Active Courses: JOUR201, JOUR320
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Excellent
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Good
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Fair
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Poor
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Unacceptable
  • At least 90 percent of errors of grammar, AP style, spelling or punctuation were caught if an editing quiz was given; conversely, if a story was written by a student, it was nearly free of errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style; and

  • No significant errors were edited into sentences, such as changing a fact or misspelling a name; and

  • Errors committed or left unedited were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The story or quiz shows the student is prepared for upper-level journalism classes and could handle proof-reading duties at a small publication or website with his or her current skills.

  • At least 80 percent of errors of grammar, punctuation, spelling and AP style were caught in an editing quiz, or no more than 10 errors of grammar, punctuation, spelling and AP style were committed in a lengthy story assignment; and

  • No significant errors were edited into the sentences, such as changing a fact or misspelling a name; and

  • The errors committed or left unedited were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student has a strong grasp of grammar and is developing a good sense of AP style.

  • At least 70 percent of the errors of grammar, AP style, spelling and punctuation were corrected in an editing assignment; or, in a lengthy story written by a student, no more than 14 of these types of errors were committed; and

  • No significant errors were edited into the sentences, such as changing a fact or misspelling a name; and

  • The errors committed in a writing assignment or left in an editing assignment were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The assignment shows the student has an adequate understanding of the rules of grammar and AP style but will need work to reach a professional level.

  • Fewer than 70 percent of the errors in grammar, AP style, spelling or punctuation were corrected in an editing assignment, or, in a lengthy story assignment, 15 or more total errors were committed; or

  • A significant error was edited into the assignment, such as a changed fact or a misspelled proper name; or

  • The errors made would have changed the meaning of the statement; and

  • The assignment shows the student has remedial work to do on grammar, punctuation, spelling and style and will need to improve his or her knowledge to be successful in future journalism classes or in a professional newsroom.

  • The student plagiarized or otherwise cheated on the assignment.