How Will I Grade Your Posts

GRADING RUBRIC FOR BLOG POSTS

ELEMENTS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT SATISFICATORY ADVANCED
Deadline Not posted by deadline = NO CREDIT. Posted by deadline. Posted by deadline.
Basics Post has numerous grammatical and spelling errors. The writing is unorganized, unfocused, or unclear. Post has some grammatical and spelling errors. Writing is somewhat unorganized, unfocused, or unclear. Writing is compelling, free of spelling or free of grammatical errors.
Scanning-Friendly Post contains long sentences and paragraphs and large blocks of text. Post follows some scanning-friendly guidelines, but could use some additional work to make it easier to read. Post is easy to read. It features shorter sentences (or mix of long and short), paragraphs, lists, and headings.
SEO (Headline and Tags) Headline is not descriptive and does not contain key words. Fewer than five tags. Headline uses some key words, but could be more descriptive. Five tags included. Headline is clear, descriptive and uses key words. Five solid tags included.
Links and Attribution Post does not provide links to relevant information. Key facts and sources of information are not identified. Copyright protected material is used without permission. Post provides some links, but they could be improved. Some key facts are not attributed. Unclear if copyright material is used with permission. Post provides attribution and links to key information and sources to allow reader to navigate deeper into the topic. Proper permissions and credit for content created by others.
Focused & Relevant Post is not focused on beat topic or provides no new or relevant information to reader. Post needs focus or additional information to be useful and of interest to reader. Post is focused on beat topic and provides reader with useful information.
Original Reporting Post contains no significant research, context, or original reporting. Post contains some research or context, but does not provide significant added value. Post contains context original research, or original reporting, writing, and media. It is worth sharing with others.
Required Elements (for Assigned Posts) Post is missing required elements or does not demonstrate effort in meeting those requirements. Post has some of the required elements, but quality and execution could be improved. Post has all of the required elements and they are executed in a high-quality manner than shows effort.
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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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