Assessments

Assessment 1: Story Proposal and Sample

Marking: Marked out of 100 – Weighting 35% of final mark
Description: A detailed proposal for a  long-form non-fiction feature and a writing sample
Due Date: The written proposal and writing sample are to be loaded to the elearning site by Week 7.The class presentations will be scheduled in Weeks 8 and 9.
FCA Graduate Quality developed: Independent Learners / Effective communicators
Format: This assignment has four parts:1. A 1000 word essay outlining your understanding of the literary journalism tradition with reference to both academic literature and examples from the genre;

2. A 500 word proposal outlining:

  • an original feature idea;
  • a set of stylistic strategies with a particular emphasis on structure, an approach to character and a sense of place;
  • proposed research strategies and sources;
  • how this approach fits your evolving understanding of literary journalism;

3. A 500 word writing sample showing an initial approach to the feature;

4. Presentation of the idea and writing sample to class.

Assessment Criteria: The proposal and sample will demonstrate:

  • an integrated  presentation of the three parts of the assignment
  • a clear understanding of  the genre
  • A well argued idea appropriate to the genre;
  • An evolving sense of literary style;
  • An approach to character, sense of place and focus appropriate to the topic.
Submission Method: Proposals and story samples are to be loaded to the elearning site.  A detailed set of instructions will be provided. Class presentations will be rostered across Week 8 & 9 workshops. Rosters will be decided in week 6. Proposals and story samples must also be emailed to the tutor as detailed in Submission, Receipt and Collection of Assessment Tasks above
Must Attempt: Yes

 

Assessment 2: Literary Journalism Feature

Marking: Marked out of 100 – Weighting 65% of final mark
Description: A long-form literary journalism feature
Due Date: Week 15
FCA Graduate Quality developed: Independent Learners / Effective communicators
Format: A 4000 to 5000-word literary feature.

 

The feature must include at least two original interview sources and evidence of a range of secondary research and other sources.

 

The submission must include a set of notes detailing your sources and research (up to one page – not included in the word count).

 

Upon negotiation with the subject co-ordinator students may choose to produce their feature in multimedia formats other than a purely text-based feature, but the body of the work remains the printed word.

 

All final assignments must be submitted according to the journalism program’s web-ready publication guidelines. This includes the submission of at least one image with all written feature assignments. The image(s) may be an original image or one supplied by one of your sources. It must include an appropriate caption.

Assessment Criteria: The feature will demonstrate:

  • Well chosen journalistic literary strategies and a compelling subject;
  • Innovation and creativity in writing (or multimedia) style;
  • Evidence of comprehensive research.
  • Clear copy, with correct grammar and punctuation and narrative cohesion
Submission Method: Via email as detailed in Submission, Receipt and Collection of Assessment Tasks above
Must Attempt: Yes
Must Pass: Yes

 

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