A         930-1000
A-        900-929
B+       870-899
B          830-869
B-        800-829
C+       770-799
C         730-769
C-        700-729
D+      670-699
D        600-669
F         0-599

Online Journalism I is a required course for all Journalism majors and minors. Students must earn at least a C- for it to count toward major or minor requirements.

Student work will be assessed through a series of in-class activities and practical reporting assignments.

There are six grading periods during the semester. Students are responsible for completing all assignments between grading periods. Grading periods will be used to assess recent work and offer suggestions for the next round of assignments. Assignments at the end of the semester are weighted more heavily to give students a chance to experiment and to develop new skills.

All assignments must be completed by the deadline. Unless specified otherwise, the weekly deadline for assignments is Sunday at 10 p.m.

No late work will be accepted. If your work is not posted online by the deadline, you will receive a zero for the assignment. Late or missed assignments will not be graded and cannot be made up. If an illness or a personal emergency prevents you from completing an assignment on time, advance notice and written documentation are required.

See Assignments page for details on specific posts.

Free Post Grading Sheet


Deadline Not posted by deadline = NO CREDIT. Posted by deadline. N/A
Focused & Relevant    _____ out of 6


Post is not focused on beat topic or provides no new or relevant information to reader. (0-2 points) Post needs focus or additional information to be useful and of interest to reader.(3-4 points) Post is focused on beat topic and provides reader with useful information.(5-6 points)
Original Reporting/Context  ____ out of 7 Post contains no significant research, context, or original reporting.(0-3 points) Post contains some research or context, but does not provide significant added value. (4-5 points) Post contains context original research, or original reporting, writing, and media. It is worth sharing with others. (6-7 points)
Writing______ out of 6 Post has numerous grammatical and spelling errors. The writing is unorganized, unfocused, or unclear. (0-2 points) Post has some grammatical and spelling errors. Writing is somewhat unorganized, unfocused, or unclear. (3-4 points) Writing is compelling, free of spelling or free of grammatical errors. (5-6 points)

_____ out of 2

Post contains long sentences and paragraphs and large blocks of text. (0 points) Post follows some scanning-friendly guidelines, but could use additional formatting to make it easier to read. (1 point) Post is easy to read. It features shorter sentences (or mix of long and short), paragraphs, lists, and headings. (2 points)
SEO (Headline and Tags)  _____ out of 2  Headline is not descriptive and does not contain key words. Fewer than five tags. (0-1 point) Headline uses some key words, but could be more descriptive. Five tags included. (1 point) Headline is clear, descriptive and uses key words. Five solid tags included. (2 points)
Links and Attribution     


_____ out of 2

Post does not provide links to relevant information. Key facts and sources of information are not identified. Copyright protected material is used without permission. (0 points) Post provides some links, but they could be improved. Some key facts are not attributed. Unclear if copyright material is used with permission. (1 point) Post provides attribution and links to key information and sources to allow reader to navigate deeper into the topic. Proper permissions and credit for content created by others. 2 points)


Total   ______ out of 25