ERIC Number: ED205957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Evaluators: Comparative Study of High School Newspaper Critique Services.
High school publication staffs depend on national critique services as a major means of evaluation and recognition, but most have no measure of how one critique service compares to the others, because they can afford the entry fee for only one evaluation. Thus, a study was conducted to test the validity of three major national critique services--Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and Quill and Scroll--by submitting nine school newspapers for evaluation by all three services. The school newspapers all were produced in a midwestern state, and none had been submitted for evaluation within the three years prior to the study. The evaluation scorebooks indicated that Quill and Scroll placed a greater emphasis on content/coverage, NSPA stressed physical appearance, and CSPA emphasized writing, editing, and physical appearance. CSPA was the only service that emphasized the writing/editing section. Only two of the papers received a first place rating across the three services, and ratings assigned to two test papers by NSPA contradicted the explanation of the ratings in the scorebook. Quill and Scroll appeared to be the most difficult service from which to get a top rating. Staff and advisers should first decide on the strength of their publications and then submit them to the service emphasizing that area. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Columbia Scholastic Press Association; National Scholastic Press Association; Quill and Scroll
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).