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Journalism Staff Rating Scale

Staff members are rated 1-5 on each of the following points:

  1. Initiative ____
  2. Performance ____
  3. Cooperation ____
  4. Responsibility ____


  1. Actively seeks to find work that will contribute to the publications.
  2. Volunteers for assignments when they are needed and/or uses own resources to fulfill duties.
  3. Accepts assignments when they are made, and follows instructions adequately in carrying them out.
  4. Consistently needs directions and is casual about carrying them out.
  5. Shows no ability or willingness to discern what is needed on the publication and/or to figure out ways to contribute.


  1. Consistently does superior or excellent work -- on time or early. Willing if not happy to rewrite, reprint, or redo to achieve superior quality.
  2. Work is usually very good or excellent and meets the deadlines. Will redo or polish willingly.
  3. Work is fairly good, but insufficient in quality and/or quantity.
  4. Work is often late. Reluctant to work or put forth effort.
  5. Performs little or no use to the publications.


  1. Cooperates at all times with other student staff members, with sponsor and with faculty, showing maturity in all relationships.
  2. Consistently cooperative with both staff and faculty.
  3. Gets along adequately with most persons most of the time, but has difficulty in some relationships or in special circumstances.
  4. Frequently uncooperative. Hard to get along with; requires special treatment.
  5. A troublemaker; presence is definitely detrimental to the staff.


  1. Dependable and trustworthy in all situations. Demonstrates ability and willingness to do what needs to be done at all times.
  2. Consistently dependable.
  3. Inclined to take advantage at times, whether the situation involves working in class, taking care of property and equipment, obeying rules, etc.
  4. Careless about meeting assignments. A goof-off and/or a discipline problem.
  5. Thoroughly untrustworthy most or all of the time.


By Bobby Hawthorne
Former Director, Interscholastic League Press Conference
Please see that Bobby Hawthorne and the ILPC are appropriately credited.