Throughout the three week writing process, we will use the grading rubric to help provide comments about the story’s progress and ways to improve. Only section editors, leaders, the copy editor, and Mount will use the grading rubric each issue.

News-Feature Rubric

Editor: X LEADERS: X Mount: X Copy Editor: X
GOAL AREAS 4  Outstanding 100-95  A+ to A 3  Strong

94-90  A to A-

2  Printable

89-80  B+ to B-

1  Weak/Missing

79-50  C+ to F

1. Headline / Deck Remarkably clever & attractive. Reflects accurate story detail. Catchy & reflects most  of story; includes verb; well crafted effort Generalized but less accurate headline… Includes verb. Misleading or unclear headline… Needs verb… Needs new approach.
2. Lead Especially captivating; original or fact dense; flows effectively into story. Good! Reader likely to read on; cleverness/5W’s/ creativity evident. Lede #2 missing. Lacking some details of story or creativity or craftsmanship. Lede #2 missing. Lead Significantly missing details at left.
3. Overall Story structure / Fact pyramid Excellent overall narrative storytelling structure (en medias res, irony, suspense). Pyramid priority of facts. Superb transitions b/t grafs. Good effort w narration/ storytelling structure. Typical graf order. Simple transitions b/t grafs. Structure needs improving in narrative sequence or pyramid to tell story properly. Transitions  b/t grafs need revision. Story uses chronological, or unprioritized structure or no narrative structure. Transitions weak.
4. Nutgraf & SW2C Masterful, intelligent context for story; writes hints/guides that will appear later in story Some effort to place story in context. Some effort to hint at later details. One of these goals appears missing or weak. Both of these goals are missing or weak.
5. Fact Density Exceptionally fact dense. Provides steady stream of #s & 5Ws in appositives, adjectives, phrasing. Good factual effort. Shows general #s / 5Ws. Provides typical stream of #s & 5Ws in appositives, adjectives, phrasing. Weaker factual effort. More research, #s, reader answers, appositives to counter generalities or holes. Unacceptable fact effort give the topic/assignment.
6. Sources & quotes 3+ sources speak quotes relevant + interesting, adding depth and voice. Summary used to balance trivial quotes. At least 2 sources offer strong, customary quotes on topic. Or one source on a “4” level. 2 sources offer inadequate or flat quotes. Or, 1 source on a “3” level. Flat quotes and/or inadequate support exist for the story.
7. Descriptive / Narrative Effort    Many SNOTT techniques create a vivid picture of actions / persons in story. Some SNOTT techniques create a vivid picture of actions / persons in story. Some SNOTT techniques attempted yet actions / persons need further effort. Little or no description/ narration tells the story.
8. Writing style + Diction    Powerful, newsfirst wordings. Clever wit. Humor. Sentence variety. Controls bias + editorializing. Strong word choices. Some sentence variety. Some newsfirst/ wit/humor. Some bias/editorializing. Predictable words/sentences.  Imprecise or biased words appear. Word spots. Dull, common, news delayed word choices. Accumulation of imprecise or biased words.
9. AP Style/ Grammar No errors! Fewer than 3 errors. Fewer than 6 errors. More than 9 errors.


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