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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Fall 2012

 “Learning Outcomes Evaluation” and the Data Analysis Project


In response to requirements imposed by two outside accrediting bodies, the College of Journalism has instituted a system to measure how well it teaches certain core principles.  In our course, this will require you to upload a sample of your work – the final version of the project story memo from your data analysis assignment – to a College of Journalism database on the Web.  My evaluation of your success in meeting the relevant “learning outcomes” will also be included in this database.  Each student’s work and my evaluation will only be accessible by that student, me, the college administrators and, occasionally, someone responsible for evaluating the College of Journalism program.


We will go over the “rubric” of assessment goals in class.  They are posted on the College of Journalism Web site at


What you need to do:


  1. Log in to the site to familiarize yourself with what is required of you.
  2. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Room 2107 – at 10 a.m.: In addition to turning in paper copies of your story memo and supplementary items (discovery log, relevant clips, etc.), you will be required to bring an electronic copy of your story memo to class.  You can bring this on a thumb drive or CD, or you can e-mail a copy to yourself.
  3. You will convert your memo to a PDF format – you can do this in the classroom – for uploading to the assessments Web site.
  4. YOU MAY convert your memo to a PDF file and upload it to the class Web site before class, if you wish.  If you have advance permission from me to do this instead of coming in on Dec. 12, you must complete the uploading of your memo by 10 a.m. in Dec. 12. 
  5. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE a grade for this course until your final story memo is uploaded to the assessments site.
  6. The version of the final story memo you upload to the assessments site MUST BE IDENTICAL to the version of the final story memo you turn in on paper.  Any deviation from this will be considered a breach of academic integrity by the college.

Converting files to a PDF format:

  1. Open the Word document that has your story memo and from the Office button, click SAVE AS and then PDF.

2.      Designate the location for the PDF file and then click PUBLISH.