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Jack Keith
Professor in the Journalism department
at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
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Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
2.4
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10/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
J214 J314 J415 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The Western Front is a fantastic opportunity to develop journalism skills. It's not for everyone, and that isn't Jack's fault. He's the nicest guy on the planet, and has a great sense of how to handle different personalities. The Western Front is a trial by fire. Can't hang? Change your major-- you weren't wired the right way to be a journalist.

03/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
JOURN 207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

You really only need the AP Stylebook for this course. He's helpful, kind and genuinely cares about his students' welfare. My fave prof this quarter by far. This is the third time I've taken intro to j. (took in HS&CC too) & his class taught me about 300x more than the others did. I highly recommend this class & Jack himself to anyone & everyone.

03/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
JOUR 214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Honestly I like this class a lot! I'm not even a major! You just HAVE to be on top of everything. If you fall behind you're gonna have a bad time. Some editors can suck yes, just don't write for their section. Find the few editors your enjoy working with and write for them constantly. Jack makes it fun to be in that class. He takes the stress away!

12/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The Western Front is FANTASTIC. Despite the bad rep it gets for being a hard class (it is) it helps weed out those are truly interested in journalism, and those who are not. If you're dedicated, smart and ready to be in the world of journalism, this class will not disappoint. If you work hard a good grade is not unobtainable!

11/17/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
JOUR214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The Western Front is one of the worst classes EVER! They have impossible standards & expect that you make writing for them your life. The Editors had taken less Journalism courses so far than I had & I felt they made my stories worse. Plus, with Jack Keith's stupid point system, it makes it so difficult to do well. AVOID this class if possible.

05/07/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Jour214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Worst class I've ever taken! So hard & unreasonable amount of work. The editors are horrible & they flat out said they expect you to treat the class like a full time job. It's impossible to get a decent grade in this class if you are taking a normal credit load &/or you have a job. This class will seriously make your quarter so miserable!

05/31/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Journ214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Jack Keith was my least favorite professor at Western. He is not meant to be a teacher because he does not know how to teach! The department should undergo some changes, his employment status being the main focus!

05/24/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I strongly disliked this class. Jack is a nice guy, but it is hard to understand what he wants. As a writer, I worked exclusively with the student editors and they weren't much help either. I felt like I was there to make the editors look good, and sometimes that wasn't possible. The structure of this course needs to be re-revised by the dept.

03/10/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Journ214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Jack is hilarious, gets to know all his students, and makes going to the Front's class not so boring. The Western Front definitely gives you a run for your money, but I learned so much this quarter, and I have Jack to thank for it. GREAT professor; would love to take another class with him!

02/15/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
JOUR314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Jack restored my love for corny jokes. His humor was made for 5th graders, but the way he talks to students is light-hearted and professional. He's an incredibly knowledgeable journalist and instructor. Will definitely take his classes again!

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