Even journalists who didn’t graduate from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism are aware of the “Medill F.” Quite a few other journalism schools have adopted the practice of failing any student who turns in an assignment with an error. It could be a factual mistake, or a spelling error.
So it was pretty ironic this year when, upon receiving their diplomas, about 30 of the 250 graduates found that they had completed a degree from the “Medill School of Journalism, Media, Itegrated Marketing Communications.” That’s “itegrated” rather than “integrated.”
The Internet eats this stuff up, and media outlets ran with it.
Jim Romenesko received the following statement
from Northwestern’s director of undergraduate education, Desiree Hanford:
It appears that about 30 of the more than 250 diplomas given out at Saturday’s two graduation ceremonies had a spelling error. The diplomas are issued by the university, so we will work with the NU registrar’s office Monday to provide new diplomas to these students.
But who gets the failing grade?