Consistency in articles and layout is the key for producing quality high school newspapers. The two rubrics posted here are used by the staff on The Stinger, our school newspaper. After compiling student feedback, I chose to focus on the points that cause the most stress, and those which the class has deemed the most important for creating quality pieces and for meeting the monthly deadlines. The layout guidelines refer to the InDesign CS4 program. Although I sell the Taboo Words and Phrases list as a separate posting, since I referred to it in the Articles Rubric, I have included it here. Also included is a sample News article by a young man who shows consistent quality writing. He has given his permission for me to include his piece.
To give student journalists practice in analyzing and writing leads as well as News, Features, Sports, Editorials and Review stories, check out
Journalism - Mapping the Story: WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets
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