How much are you worth?

For this class, you must assemble the stories you have written and published this quarter into a “string book.” String book is an old-fashioned term for a writer’s portfolio. In the newspaper biz, freelance writers are called “stringers” because they used to be paid by the column inch, and editors measured all of their published copy with a 3-foot piece of bundling string. Just like those early stringers, you get “paid” by how much you have written each quarter. This quarter, your assignment was to write one article, take one great picture, sell one ad, or lay out the paper each week. It’s time to see how you are “measuring up.” Next quarter, you will be graded on how many inches you write each week, how many ads you sell, how many story ideas you share, how many pages you lay out, and how many photographs you take that we can use. How much are you worth? Complete this form to find out:

SUBMIT A PORTFOLIO A “string book” is a portfolio of your published work. Clip the stories, photos, ads and layouts you have published this quarter and attach them neatly to 8.5” x 11” paper. Create a chronological table of contents of your work, listing title, date published, and length or size in column inches. Attach to this sheet. Only count leadership activities that led to the completion of a page, section, or delivery schedule.

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How much you are worth :
8-9=A YOU’RE THE BOMB! You are a team player. You write at least a story a week and help out in other ways too! In the real world, you’d be promoted! 7=B YOU’RE A TEAM PLAYER! You usually get your work in. Every once in a while your laziness gets the best of you, but on the whole you make a substantial contribution to the staff. You show some initiative and promise. In the real world, you’d get a raise, but to be promoted you’ll have to work a little harder. YOU’RE EXPENDABLE. You do the bare minimum to stay in the game. More often that not, you have to be told to get to work. You don’t always do your assigned work, leaving others in the lurch. In the real world, you’d be earning minimum wage with no chance of a raise anytime soon. As soon as someone comes along with a little more drive, you’ll be out the door and looking for another job. 5=D YOU’RE A DRAG. Why are you here? They say you never fail until you stop trying, but you’ve never started. You’re dragging down the rest of the organization and keeping others from doing their work. If you want to be here, then start showing some initiative by completing your work and making a contribution to the organization. If you don’t want to do that, then get out!


0-4=F YOU’RE DEADWEIGHT.The organization’s investment in you is now into deficit spending, and to cut our losses, we’re letting you go. We don’t want you here. You are keeping the rest of us from doing our work!

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