Earlier today I also took part in a panel that looked at how we as educators can do a more effective job of grading broadcast news stories. Last year, I moderated an excellent panel that examined how broadcast journalism educators could take the subjectivity out of their grading.
Today's session looked at how educators grade on-air work. Four panelists -- Grace Provenzano (San Jose State), Bill Silcock (Arizona State), Laura Smith (South Carolina) and Marty Gonzalez (San Francisco State) -- explored various ways in which they cut through the difficulties in grading on-air work.
Among the themes that resonated through the presentations -- quality of writing, annunciation, how comfortable someone looks in front of the camera, and the clothing that is worn when the students appears in front of the camera.
The bottom line is that while there is certainly more than one way to grade the on-air work done by our students there certainly are distinct criteria educators can use.