Pilgrim's Journalism 207 schedule & grading
Created Sept. 2010; modified Oct. 2010
Week 0 and 1 (Sept. 22, Sept. 27 and 29)
Read and apply "The AP Stylebook" and read chapters 1, 2 and 6 in
Read and apply chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 in "When Words
Collide." Read daily The Bellingham Herald.
Week Two (Oct. 4 and 6)
Read chapters 3 and 4 in "Telling the Story," and continue reading and applying
"Associated Press Stylebook." Also, read and apply chapters 5 and 6 in "When
The Bellingham Herald.
Week Three (Oct. 11 and 13)
Read chapters 5 and 7 in "Telling the Story." Know and regularly apply
the "AP Stylebook." Read and appy chapter 7 in "When Words Collide."
Rough draft of descriptive feature is due
Oct. 11; final draft due Wed., Oct. 13.
Week Four (Oct. 18 and 20)
Read chapter 14 and 15 in "Telling the Story," and continue
studying and applying "The AP Stylebook" and chapter 8 "When Words Collide." Read daily The Bellingham Herald.
Week Five (Oct. 25 and 27)
Read chapters 9 and 10 in "Telling the Story," and continue
studying and applying "The AP Stylebook"and chapter 9 in "When Words Collide." Read The New York Times daily
Rough draft of profile feature is due
Oct. 25; final draft due Wed., Oct. 27.
Week Six (Nov. 1 and 3)
Read chapter 7, 8 and 11 in "Telling the Story," and continue applying "The AP Stylebook" and reread chapter 9 in "When Words
Collide." Read daily The Bellingham Herald; meet at 10 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 3, at the Western Gallery by the Fine Arts Building to
gather information on the African art show -- class resumes in CF 202
at 11 a.m.
Week Seven (Nov. 8 and 10)
Read chapter 12 and 13 in "Telling the Story," and
continue studying and applying "The AP Stylebook" and "When Words Collide." Read daily The Bellingham Herald.
Rough draft of outside news story due Mon., Nov. 8;
final draft due Wed., Nov. 10.
Week Eight (Nov. 15 and 17)
studying and applying The AP Stylebook and "Telling the Story." Also, read and apply chapters 10 and 11 in "When Words Collide."
Week Nine (Nov. 22 and 24 -- Thanksgiving break begins at noon Nov. 24)
Continue applying "The AP Stylebook' and read chapter 12 "When Words Collide." Read daily The Bellingham Herald.
Week 10 (Nov. 29 and Dec. 1)
Continue applying "The AP Stylebook" and "When
Words Collide." Read daily The Bellingham
In-class stories will be written this week (point value 100 each).
Week 11 (Dec. 6-10)
Final week. No final exam. Pilgrim will be available for e-mail conferences.
Special Due Dates -- outside-of-class stories (100 pts. each)
Wed., Oct. 13 -- Descriptive feature due beginning of class -- Rough draft due Mon.,
Wed., Oct. 27 -- Profile feature due beginning of class -- Rough draft due Mon.,
Wed., Nov. 10 -- News story due beginning of class -- Rough draft due Mon., Nov. 8
Grading is on a point basis. Attendance is mandatory -- students who miss class miss points. Graded class
exercises and quizzes CANNOT be made up if the student is absent. Some in-class practice
exercises will be ungraded -- usually the first time students try something new -- but points are awarded for
Because rewriting is incorporated
into the class, Pilgrim does not allow extra rewrites for points, but students are encouraged to rework ungraded stories
and share the revision with Pilgrim during office hours.
Three major outside-class assignments will be worth 100 points each for the final draft and will also receive points
for the rough draft (see due dates in the schedule below).
All in-class writing, graded or not, will be worth points: up to 10 points for being completed and placed in a personal
folder in Editpro, OR up to 50 when printed, handed in and graded.
Stories written in class during Week 10 (dead week) will be worth 100
The following ranges indicate approximate grade quality on a 50-point story:
45-50 -- work is outstanding -- very few errors
40-44 -- work is competent, needing some changes and
35-39 -- work is acceptable but with changes and/or additions
30-34 -- work has some fundamental problems
0-29 -- work has major flaws and usually a combination of errors
25* -- student missed class that day but gets half the points
In general for a 50-point, in-class story, errors will be assessed point deductions as follows:
ONE point for MOST punctuation errors and AP style errors;
TWO points for each grammatical error;
THREE points or more for each spelling, news angle or major grammar error
(such as a run-on sentence);
FIVE points for factual errors, name errors and story omissions.
THESE DEDUCTIONS ARE DOUBLED FOR 100-POINT STORIES (and divided in half for 25-point writing).
Pilgrim gives quizzes over journalistic English basics or news in The Bellingham
Herald or readings from "Telling the Story," and he requires online fact-checking, sometimes for points. The quizzes are
normally AT THE BEGINNING of class.
To summarize, in Pilgrim's J207 class, students write during every class and have quizzes or exercises
for points in nearly every class. In a typical quarter, around 1,100 points are available. Students can earn 330 points
for stories done outside of class, 200 points for Week 10 writing, about 385 points for in-class writing and
about 185 points for quizzes and exercises. Thus, to receive a superior grade, students must be prepared, attend
class without absence and apply themselves to in-class tasks, which are 75% or more of all points available.
The THREE major outside writing projects must be turned in on the assigned dates (both rough draft and final draft). If
late, a 100-point project loses 10 points per day (weekends count as one day). The class is a skills class and
has no "exam" during final week. Pilgrim has e-mail conferences during that week. At the end of the course,
points are totaled and placed on a loose curve. Also, the plus and minus grading system will be used.
SEE THE WWU CATALOG FOR INFORMATION ABOUT INCOMPLETES, Z GRADES, WITHDRAWALS AND OTHER GRADING INFORMATION, along
with BEHAVIOR ON CAMPUS.
Pilgrim has a hearing loss, so students are asked to refrain from talking and action that interferes with class. No
cellphones, iPods or other devices are permitted during class. Students are required not to be using computers for
other than note-taking when Pilgrim announces such computer-use restrictions.
Medical and university-approved absenses mean a student may make up in-class work. However, a written document is