The news cycle reporter log is simply a day to day work calendar that chunks the large task of writing a news article.
Students get a copy so that they can self monitor, and editors are tasked with checking in on their group members and signing the logs.
All students submit this log, along with their work for a small (and easy) participation grade.
This helped students stay focused and made it easier to find students who need
more help because you can simply scan their log to see where they are in comparison to where they should be.
**In the beginning, you may need to give extra time, but after the second news cycle most students were able to adhere to the schedule**