Submission Requirements and Grading Criteria

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Feature Writing

 

 Evaluation Criteria
 The Feature Writing FYP is for groups of not more than four students, and is marked on two components:

 - The Final Report comprising the three to six stories of the series and the Editorial (90%)

 
- Written Report and Oral Defense (10%)

 The Final Report and the Editorial

 Each feature writing series will be evaluated on:

 - Content (e.g., originality, scope and depth of subjects and relevance and significance of project) 

 
- Presentation (e.g., packaging, organisation of series; projection, completeness, logic, flow of story; and
   effectiveness of writing)

 
- Copy Mechanics (e.g., grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, and attribution)

 Each feature series should conform to the following guidelines:

 
- Clear and logical presentation, with attention given to headings and hierarchy of the various elements in the
   package. Use a standard double spaced format if presenting your work in report style. Alternatively, you may
   choose to use desktop publishing software and insert visuals. You may present your project as a website; but
   you must also hand in three copies of the written text as a print document.

 
- Use a consistent style (e.g. Reuters or AP) appropriate to the concept and intended target audience of the
   feature.

 
- Pay attention to grammar, punctuation, spelling and style. Good copy mechanics will counts towards the final
   grade on the project.

 
- A list of sources, including telephone number for verification, contained in an appendix to the written report. 
   No anonymous sources, except when cleared with your supervisor.

 
- Photography and layout design in the final submission are encouraged but will not be graded. Ethical and
   copyright considerations in the use of images: Every image used should bear a credit line and source.

 English-language feature series should contain: 

 
- A total of 10,000 words with a central theme. These words will be divided among three to six stories. Each of
   these stories can include tables, sidebars, boxes and other peripheral texts. The aim is to showcase long-form
   journalism (over 2,500 words for a single article) but it can also include shorter forms. However, it is up to the
   individual FYP group to divide their 10,000 words in such a way as to suit their topic and approach; and to 
   demonstrate their ability to deliver longer, more complex stories than the standard news report.
 
 - An Editorial about the project (this can go either at the beginning or at the end).
 
 - Structure and organisation of the package counts towards the final grade 
 Chinese-language feature series should contain: 

 
- A total of 15,000 words with a central theme. These words will be divided among three to six stories. Each of
   these stories can include tables, sidebars, boxes and other peripheral texts. The aim is to showcase long-form
   journalism (over 3,000 words for a single article) but it can also include shorter forms. However, it is up to the
   individual FYP group to divide their 15,000 words in such a way as to suit their topic and approach; and to 
   demonstrate their ability to deliver longer, more complex stories than the standard news report.

 
- An Editorial about the project (this can go either at the beginning or at the end).

 
- Structure and organisation of the package counts towards the final grade

 
- Make three copies of the final report. Also prepare a short written synopsis and an oral report outlining the
   series' findings and how the project was executed.

 Written Report 

 The project must include three copies of a 10- to 30-page written report, bound in accordance with FYP
 Committee guidelines, which must contain the following information:
 
 - An introduction and description of the project
 - Background information about the theme or subject of the essay
 - Proposed audience for the project
 - An analysis of the style used
 - A summary containing insights learned during the project, difficulties encountered and how they were solved,
   etc

 Examiners will look for:

 - The clarity of the writing
 - The completeness of the report. Are all required sections complete?
 - The quality and creativity of the written part of the project story
 - A critical self-evaluation of the project and its results

 The students hold the copyright for their projects and the copyright text on the project should clearly indicate
 this (e.g. © student(s) name, 2018). However, the students must also include the
NTU logo and a text card in
 the credits or at the site that reads,
 
 "This work was produced as final-year project in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, 
  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore" 

 NOTE: When used on black background, students are expected to adjust the black level of the logo so that it
 merges with the background. 
 
 Each written report must be presented in ring binding with clear, plastic cover and card stock backing.

 Oral Presentation

 Although joint presentations (written and oral) from each group will suffice, students will be graded individually 
 for their contributions to the project. Students should see that members of the group assume responsibility for
 their own share of project tasks.

 The following aspects will be examined:

 - The clarity of the presentation. Is it easy to understand the rationale for the project?
 - Are all members well prepared?
 - Evidence of critical thinking
 - An analysis of the style used