Submission Requirements and Grading Criteria

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Illustrated Feature

 

 Evaluation Criteria
 
The Illustrated Feature FYP works best when used to communicate concepts, feelings, and the intangibles for
 which a literal picture, a photo feature or a photo-essay is not possible. It uses visual means - appropriate
 symbols, analogies, metaphors, design and layout principles - to express amorphous, sometimes theoretical
 i deas and concepts.

 The Illustrated Feature Writing FYP is marked on three main components:

 - Feature Writing (70%)

 
- Illustrations, graphics, images, design (in colour or black and white), and in the case of an interactive feature, 
   interactive and video components (20%)

 
- Written report and oral defense (10%)
 
 Illustrated Feature
 
 Each feature series will be evaluated on: 

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

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

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

 
- Technical and aesthetic quality of illustration (e.g., focus, sharpness, proper contrast; expression, lighting, 
    composition)

 
- Interface design and interactivity, in the case of interactive websites. 

 Each package 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 count 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

 
- Appropriate use of images, graphics and design and layout principles – in colour or black and white.
   Watch out for weak imagery, poor captions, headlines that don't mesh, and a sloppy layout

 
- Ethical and copyright considerations in the use of images: Every image used should bear a credit line and
   source.

 The package should contain:

 - A total of 8,000 words with a central theme. These words will be divided among three to five 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. It is up to the
   individual FYP group to divide their 8,000 words in such a way as to suit their topic and approach, and to
   demonstrate their ability to present more complex stories than a standard news report. 

 
- 15-20 photographs or illustrations, all created by the FYP group, that contribute to the story. 

 
- 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.series' findings and how the project was executed.

 Illustrations and, where releveant, interactive components

 
- Non-interactive features will be evaluated on the appropriate use of images, graphics, and design and layout
   principles in illustrating the editorial concept. Watch out for weak imagery, poor captions, headlines that don't
   mesh, and a sloppy layout. 

- Interactive features will also be evaluated on appropriate use of components such as interactivity, web design,
  or video. These elements must enhance the feature writing, which remains the focus of the project. 

 
- Ethical and copyright considerations: Every image used should bear a credit line and source.

 Written Report 

 The project must include three copies of a 10- to 30-page written report, bound in accordance with FYP
 Committee guidelines, which contains 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
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