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Misspelling on Medill School of Journalism diplomas

Misspelling on Northwestern Diploma Gives Students Last Laugh

At Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, misspelling a word on a paper earns you a 'Medill F' -- so you can imagine students' surprise when they saw a misspelling on their diplomas over the weekend.

The error is easy to overlook if you're scanning the diploma quickly, but it's there in black and white: the word 'integrated' is missing an 'n.' A school official confirmed this happened on about 30 out of 250 diplomas that were given out Saturday.

Corrected diplomas will be issued, though those 30 students likely won't let the school live this ironic error down.

Kit Fox, the student who took a photo of his friend's diploma and pointed out the error in a tweet, told the Chicago Tribune that the 'Medill F' policy is actually "very forgiving," noting that, "When as a freshman you hear about it for the first time, it sounds extremely harsh. It sounds almost unfair ... And then you look at the stakes of what journalism is, and you realize it's much more forgiving than what happens in the real world."

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mielkele June 23 2014 at 1:21 PM

Perhaps this is where AOL gets its interns.

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xcalboy June 23 2014 at 11:55 AM


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ofleck June 23 2014 at 4:56 PM

I would expect no less from them....when you look at what is considered "journalism" today, it is a wonder there is any news left to print!

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wrpawsoff June 23 2014 at 6:54 PM

I remember a similar incident about 30 years or so at Annapolis. The diplomas had the midshipmen graudating from the Navel Academy.

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Sunshine June 23 2014 at 7:08 PM

Didn't they have proof reader's?....That should of been a "given"....

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BARRY AND KATHY Sunshine June 23 2014 at 8:08 PM

'';Have'' not ''of''.

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guinnessfan BARRY AND KATHY June 23 2014 at 8:48 PM

Thank you!

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rothhammer1 Sunshine June 23 2014 at 8:32 PM

Proof readers, not reader's.

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zug364 rothhammer1 June 23 2014 at 9:23 PM

I think it's proofreaders, not proof readers or proof reader's.

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GB June 23 2014 at 12:38 PM

30, out of 250 ? What, did they have the rest printed somewhere else ? Sumthin dodent smel raght hear !

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wrpawsoff June 23 2014 at 6:58 PM

OK -- let me correct my own entry:

I remember a similar incident about 30 years or so ago at Annapolis. The diplomas had the midshipmen graduating from the Navel Academy. Now that's something to contemplate.

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mcrebel June 23 2014 at 11:07 PM

Lokes alllrite too me.

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Kate June 23 2014 at 4:37 PM

I bet those students will never give up their original diplomas-- I wouldn't. I used to work in printing and bookbinding, and collected samples of the errors we ran across, some of which were equally hilarious. A Pepperidge Farm cookie box with four images upside down; a calendar (the run was over a million copies) that a bindery assistant realized had a date left out in the month of January, making the entire calendar incorrect for all but 12 days. it happens.

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Mike June 23 2014 at 2:50 PM

It's not like Northwestern is a respected school.

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