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Grade Point System

Points system for Advanced Journalism classes

All students’ grades will be based on a points system. Points can carry over, all grades are pencil grades until report cards are submitted. Once grades are submitted they will only be changed if an error has occurred. No extra credit will be given. Work done that does not fit into a specific category will be decided by the teacher. Grades updated weekly.

Yearbook

Each six week grading period will need 1500 points for a 100 average.

Major Grades are 300 points each, 900 points total.

1) Page completion (including edits and approval)
2) Ad sales (2 blocks minimum) plus design

Daily grades are 100 points per week, 600 points total

1) Photo assignment OUTSIDE of class (including download, editing and ranking): 100 points
2) Photo assignment during class (including download and editing): 20 points each
3) Story assignment (story written, edited and approved): 50 points
4) Interviews for stories: 20 points each
5) Errands for program/teacher: 10 points each

Newspaper

Major grades are 300 points each, 900 points total

1) In-depth media package (includes detailed story with multiple sources, and at least two of the following items: video, audio, polls, photo galleries (min. 10), interactive chart)
2) Multi-page web package (ex: Guide to Clubs)

Daily grades are 100 points per week, 600 points total)

1) Photo assignment OUTSIDE of class (including download, editing and posting): 100 points
2) Photo assignment during class (including download and editing): 20 points each
3) Story assignment (story written, edited and approved): 50 points
4) Interviews for stories: 20 points each
5) Errands for program/teacher: 10 points each

Broadcasting

Major grades are 300 points each, 900 points total

1) Large video package of event outside of class, including editing and posting (can be a team of no more than 3 people)
2) Substantial progress on a documentary assignment (approved by teacher in advance)

Daily grades are 100 points, 600 points total

1) Anchor the morning news: 50 points
2) On-air for a story done in class: 50 points
3) Recording (camera operator) a story in class: 25 points
4) Editing a story in class: 25 points
5) Coverage of an event outside of school (including upload and editing): 100


Any changes to the points must be approved IN ADVANCE by the teacher. Points can roll over to the next grading period, so students can “bank” points. All of our programs are allowed, and encouraged, to help each other so you may earn points through other programs. For example, a yearbook photographer can compile a photo gallery for newspaper.