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Creating SoJo with Appropriate Frames, Sources and Structures

Co-creating the Final Story Rubric

Objectives: Creating SoJo with appropriate frames, sources and structures
Delivery method: Instructor-led recall; inquiry by station and facilitated discussion; flip charts
Materials: Markers, Tape (if needed)
Room setup: stations
Time: one hour, depends on numbers

Activity: Co-creating the final story rubric

  1. Tell students you value the knowledge they have gained over the term so you want their help creating the rubric for the final story.
  2. Instructor then asks students to generate a list of topics covered during the term and writes list of student ideas on board. Similar categories are grouped and/or combined.
  3. When the list is complete and agreed-upon, divide students into groups to generate characteristics of strong work by category. Students write their responses on flip chart paper at stations around the room.
     Students analyze examples of strong solutions journalism for evidence of each of the agreed-upon categories.
  4. Instructor coordinates share-out at each station with students from other groups encouraged to contribute their ideas as well. Instructor records responses.Instructor then leads whole-group discussion as students share out their findings. Instructor suggests parallels to students’ observations and previous discussion of solutions stories and “impostors.” Discuss how limitations and failure contribute to a story’s rigor.Activity Notes: For further explanation of Graffitti exercise, see Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley.
  5. Outside of class time, instructor generates and finalizes the rubric based on student input. Here are examples from an intermediate reporting class with a solutions focus and from a specialized solutions elective.
  6. After students create first drafts, schedule an in-class peer review of those drafts using the rubric co-created by the class. Benefits: understanding how story topic affects solutions journalism creation, jumpstarting thinking about their own reporting and creating ownership for their final stories/projects.

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