This journalism article rubric is a true rubric, with descriptors for each level, rather than a simple scoring sheet. There are four categories on the rubric: content, objectivity & research, structure & organization, and grammar/fluency. Each category is worth five points, with descriptors at the 5, 3, and 1 point intervals. The total points possible for each article is 20.
This is a Word document, so you can easily change the points or add additional descriptors or categories to meet your specific needs. It is formatted so you can make copies and then cut them into half sheets in order to save some paper.
I've found that not only can I evaluate and edit my students' writing more quickly using this rubric, but they also produce higher quality work since they know the specifics of what I'll be looking for.
** This item can be purchased with other workshop forms as part of the "Junior High Journalism Writing Workshop Forms" listing.