• 4806/7806 Course Assignments and Grading

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    Graduate students and undergraduate students in this class are subject to plus/minus grading.

    Your grade will reflect these percentages:

    Class participation and Attendance – 10%
    Class participation and attendance are vital and can rarely be made up. Classes are designed to supplement your hands-on learning, introduce new ideas and bring up big picture topics that may or may not be relevant to your weekly shifts.

    We will take attendance at every class. You may miss two classes for any reason without penalty. (We will not judge absences as excused or unexcused.)  Missed classes/meetings related to project management count toward absences.

    Please check with a classmate to find out what happened in class when you were gone. If you still have questions about the material, check in with an instructor.

    After two absences, an additional absence will result in a C for attendance. A fourth absence or chronic tardiness will result in an F for attendance. If you have an ongoing illness or unforeseen circumstances that cause you to miss class for more than two weeks, please meet with a faculty member.

    Editing/Producing Work (Two newsrooms and Project Manager) – 40%
    You will receive two grades for each newsroom (Summer students will one grade for two newsrooms, plus project management). You will receive one grade for project management.  Your grade is based on feedback faculty receive from your newsroom supervisor and your OWN self-evaluations and descriptions of your shifts and projects.  To this end, you will file a 100-200 word report at the end of each week (Saturdays 5 p.m.) in our 4806 Classes Server.


    Check your connections and make sure you have a VPN client if you are off-campus.  Failure to file a weekly report will result in at least one letter grade reduction for your quarterly newsroom work.


    Projects – 30%

    It’s time for you to build a portfolio-worthy project. Something you can call your own. Over the course of the semester, you’re going to build and design a multimedia project. The project topic is your choice, something that you should be invested in. Stories that work well in two parts tend to look at multiple sides of an issue, or the same issue told through multiple characters in different characters. The two stories should work together but be able to stand separately.

    1. You can do this as an individual project or as a team of two.
    2. You will pitch (using this pitch form) a two-part package for either KBIA, KOMU or the Missourian.
    3. Each story in the package will include:
      1. Two deeply-sourced, fully produced audio or video pieces of at least three minutes.
      2. Two text stories with multiple sources of at least 400 words.
      3. At least three supporting images.
      4. Two social videos


    Feb. 2: In-class discussion of the project
    Feb. 16: Pitches due
    Feb. 17: Reporting check-in with editors
    Mar. 20 and 21:  Rough cut screenings, 5:30 p.m., App Dev Lab
    April 13: Final versions due, 6 p.m.

    Style Quizzes – 10%
    There will be five style/grammar quizzes and two vocabulary quizzes during the semester, administered through the University’s Blackboard site. The vocab quizzes and first four style quizzes are 10 questions and 15 minutes each. The last quiz will be 30 minutes long for 15 points.

    All the quizzes use the AP and Missourian stylebooks (open book.) If you have a problem accessing a style quiz or a computer issue, you must contact an instructor immediately or the quiz score will stand as incomplete.

    Portfolio – 10%

    Students will create and publish and online portfolio showcasing their professional work. This might include work done in the various Missouri School of Journalism newsrooms, in off-campus internships or fellowships, personal blogs, etc.  A successful portfolio will demonstrate a student’s skills, professional interests and career aspirations. Potential employers should be able to visit the site and know right away what the the student could add to their workplace — within the field of journalism or not.

    Graduate Student Requirement

    Graduate students will complete an additional assignment that combines the creation of a portfolio site and offers high-level analysis of developments in the world of online journalism. Click here for the full details of the graduate assignment, due dates and instructions for submission.

    Completion of this assignment is required for graduate students to pass this course.

    Work will be graded on the following plus/minus A-F scale. Failure to complete the assignment will result in a failing grade for the course. The graduate component grade will be counted as the majority of your attendance/participation grade for the class.

    A+ 97-100
    A 94-96
    A 90-93
    B+ 87-89
    B 84-86
    B- 80-83
    C+ 77-79
    C 74-76
    C- 70-73
    D+ 67-69
    D 64-66
    D- 60-63
    F 69 or lower

    ----------Posted on August 16, 2012 by in 4806, Assignments

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