Your story will be assessed by a team of judges including faculty, librarians, and industry professional on the following scale. Please also ensure your digital story meets all the competition requirements.
|A point (of view)||A point, understanding of an issue or reason for the story is clearly communicated using digital media (text, audio, images, video, music, etc)||A point, understanding of an issue or reason for the story is somewhat communicated using digital media.||A point, understanding of an issue or reason for the story is not communicated well using digital media.||The story does not have a point.|
|Dramatic Question (Action/Conflict)||Holds the audience’s attention by posing and answering a dramatic question or includes significant action or a related conflict that is clearly understood by the audience.||Somewhat holds the audience’s attention by posing and answering a dramatic question or includes significant action or a related conflict that is clearly understood by the audience.||Is somewhat distracting or hard to follow the dramatic question, action, or conflict.||Does not hold the audience’s attention because it does not pose a dramatic question, action, or conflict.|
|Pacing||The pace (rhythm and voice punctuation) fits the story line and helps the audience really "get into" the story.||Occasionally moves too fast or too slowly for the story line. The pacing (rhythm and voice punctuation) is relatively engaging for the audience.||Tries to use pacing (rhythm and voice punctuation), but it is often noticeable that the pacing does not fit the story line. Audience is not consistently engaged.||No attempt to match the pace of the storytelling to the story line or the audience.|
|Economy||The story composition is told with exactly the right amount detail throughout. It does not seem too short nor does it seem too long.||The story composition is typically good, though it seems to drag somewhat OR need slightly more detail in one or two sections.||The story seems to need more editing. It is noticeably too long or too short in more than one section.||The story needs extensive editing. It is too long or too short to be interesting|
|Use of media (maps, video, audio, music, etc.)||Effective use of media to stir a rich emotional response, and create a distinct atmosphere or tone that matches different parts of the story.||Use of media that creates an emotional response that somewhat matches the storyline, and creates some atmosphere or tone that matches different parts of the story.||Use of media is ok and not distracting, but it does not add much to the story; attempts to use media but needs more work.||Use of media is distracting, inappropriate or missing. Little or no attempt to create an appropriate atmosphere or tone.|
|Organization||Story has a strong introduction that draws the audience in and an ending that creates resolution or closure.||Story has a somewhat strong introduction that draws the audience in and an ending that creates resolution or closure.||Story opening or closing needs some work.||Both the opening and closing are weak|
|Citations||Media not created by the author is credited appropriately and creator has sought and submitted UTSC Media Release for all participants in the story.||-||-||Media not created by the author was not cited, and UTSC Media releases were not submitted. (this results in disqualification).|
|Web Accessibility||Story uses accessibility features in how it is created and how it is published (for example, captions, transcription, description of visual information, clear audio).||-||-||Story did not include accessibility features in how was created or published.|
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