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Northwestern University school of journalism accidentally prints typo on 2014 diplomas

Students give their alma mater the infamous "Medill F."
By Matt Bradwell   |   June 24, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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EVANSTON, Ill., June 24 (UPI) -- Graduates of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism received some irony with their degrees on Saturday, as the word "integrated" was misspelled on some diplomas.

Roughly 30 of the over 250 diplomas spelled the word "integrated" without the letter "n," inadvertently dubbing students graduates of the "Medill School of Journalism, Media, Itegrated Marketing Communications."

"We all took it in good humor," graduate Kit Fox told NBC Chicago. "We're all really aware of the 'Medill F' so the jokes came easy." The "Medill F" is a school policy that automatically flunks students' assignments if they contain spelling or factual errors.

"Maybe it was one last-minute test for the grads to catch on their diplomas."

Northwestern added the "media" and "integrated marketing communications" tags to Medill's school name in 2010, to the chagrin of many media ethics-minded journalists. Northwestern's 2014 graduates are the first four-year class to attend Medill under the new name as freshmen through commencement.

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