Important changes in class assignments and grading

As you know, we’ve been plagued by technical challenges throughout the term. Those have slowed us down considerably and forced us to focus on a few basic skills. Fortunately, I think you can do a lot with a few basic skills.

However, we need to revise the ambitious goals we set at the beginning of the term. Those changes, in turn, will affect grading. Here’s what we agreed on in class today:

  1. 50 percent of your grade will be based on your blog. At a minimum, the blog must include a written post, a photo or mug shot, a photo gallery, a photo slideshow, a video and an infographic. In addition, you must create a Soundslides Plus audio slideshow, which I’ll copy onto my flash drive. The final blog grade depends on quality, effort, difficulty of execution, and whether you followed basic multimedia principles, such as the five-shot rule of video.
  2. The remaining 50 percent will be based on your final project. The project will be a journalistic story of your choosing, subject to my approval. The minimum requirements will be a one-minute video, a photo slideshow and a text story. You can increase your grade by exceeding the minimum requirements, that is, by adding a mug shot, a photo slideshow, an audio slideshow or an infographic — or all of the above. You can also boost your grade by increasing quality, effort and difficulty of execution.

Meeting minimum requirements will earn you a letter grade of C. Exceptional effort, quality and difficulty of execution will earn you an A. Somewhere in-between will earn you a B. Of course, failing to meet minimum requirements will earn you an F.

Although we didn’t talk about Twitter in class today, I still want to encourage you to tweet with the hashtag #ccj111. Therefore, I’ll consider your tweets for extra credit. 

On Friday, come prepared to talk one-on-one with me about your final project. I’m excited to see what you come up with.




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