____ Read entire article for overall understanding.
____ Is there anything that is not clear?
____ Is there anything you don’t understand?
____ Do you have any unanswered questions? (Holes in the story.)
____ Is the main point stated clearly in the lede? (What is the main point?)
____ Is it easy to read or do you have to work at it?
____ Does it jump around?
____Could any of the content be libelous?
____ Can you identify the source(s) of all information and opinion?
____ Has the writer kept his or her personal opinion out of the story?
____ Read the story a second time.
____ Are all sentences complete? No comma splices? No run-ons?
____ No semi-colons?
____ Is quote format correct?
____ Do paraphrased paragraphs and quotes alternate?
____ Read the story a third time.
____ Using AP Stylebook, look for errors in grammar, style and usage.
____ Fact check the article.
____ Check spellings of names, locations, businesses.
____ Check dates, ages, numbers, percentages, rankings.
____ Check any information that seems questionable.
Is this news story (choose one):
less than satisfactory
more than satisfactory