This is the story pitch form that I created, perfected, and used during my 25+ years advising high school newspapers, websites, and broadcast programs. Reporters complete a beat story pitch and an enterprise story pitch. It requires students to do preliminary reporting for their beat (including getting a signature from a beat contact person!) and reading of professional media to generate an enterprise pitch idea. The different parts of the form guide them through thinking about the pitches and gathering enough information to make sure they are viable story ideas.
My editorial board would collect these from the staff and then have our issue planning meeting, going through the pitches and assigning stories based on the criteria listed at the bottom. I would simply guide the board through the criteria (Is this idea timely? Is it local? Is it relevant to a majority of the student body? etc.) Years in which I had a strong enough EIC, the board could do this easily without me, too!
If you like this resource, be sure to see my other journalism resources, including the "5 Essential Rubrics Bundle," which includes this form and other grading forms I used during the production process.