Jack Keith at Western Washington University

Jack Keith

  • 3.9Overall Quality
  • 4.0Helpfulness
  • 3.8Clarity
  • 2.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
10/11/13

J214 J314 J415

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/25/13

JOURN 207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/18/13

JOUR 214

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

12/5/12

JOUR214

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

11/17/12

JOUR214

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/7/12

Jour214

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

5/31/11

Journ214

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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!

5/24/11

JOUR214

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/10/11

Journ214

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

2/15/11

JOUR314

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

12/22/10

JOUR214

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jack is a really cool guy, and he is a great person to teach the Western Front class. He's worked for newspapers his whole life, so he knows what he's talking about. His lectures/discussions were very useful and I love his positive attitude in class!

5/19/10

JOUR207

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Overall, this was a very helpful class in developing my writing skills. But part-way through the quarter, he started bombarding the class with assignment after assignment. We had no big responsibilities in the beginning and then we all of a sudden had 12 papers due. It got very stressful and he was a very hard grader. Nice guy though.

3/5/10

JOURN307

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jack is great. SUPER approachable if you need help or have a question. Very clear expectations. Pretty hard grader, though, so make sure to take suggestions he gives you to improve your pages. Great class. Would recommend him.

12/8/09

JOUR207

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jack is great and experienced in journalism. The grammar quizzes at the beginning of the quarter will be important later because you'll learn, after writing papers and getting them back, that those points might be necessary to buff your overall grade in the end! Jack liked to know his students right off the bat and is extremely helpful throughout.

6/6/09

J207

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great teacher. He gets your papers back to you the next class (usually), with tons of feedback. Classes have a lot of discussion, and he didn't berate anyone's opinions. Tries very hard to be helpful. Has experience in the field. Grammar quizzes suck, but it's key in the field so can't fault him. Very reasonable, though tough, grader.

12/5/08

JOUR207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jack is helpful on a personal level, and really knows what he is talking about when it comes to journalism. Every time I had a problem he would email me back promptly with a list of suggestions. Good class, and a great professor.

3/5/08

JOUR307

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Good class. Going to three council meetings is pretty boring, but you're going to do that in any 307 class. He wants you to do well and is very helpful.

3/3/08

Journ207

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

So nice! Very clear about assignments. Really wants you to learn about journalism. Lots of experience in the field. First assignments aren't even graded! Grammar quizzes lame but worthwhile for later papers. Overall, Jack's a really sweet guy who wants to help everyone appreciate his passion for journalism!

1/4/07

Journ207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Mr. Keith is well- meaning, but the writing I was doing felt like hackwork, the more i tried, the less it was appreciated. It felt like a course in regurgitating pertinent information, but was taught by someone with bountiful experience in the field with a lot of connections.

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12/29/06

journ207

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Tough and opinionated grader. It seemed like sometimes he graded more on grammar and spelling than actual content. I’m a bit suspicious of his grading after looking at other classmates papers. Every once in a while I kept wondering why he was a teacher. Nice guy though.

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