The journalism school at Northwestern University, which had taken to calling itself simply the Medill School under Dean John Lavine, is now formally the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The Northwestern trustees made the change official at their meeting on Friday.
It’s a change that Lavine really wanted, and we shouldn’t begrudge him his happiness. In a Q&A released by the university that you can read here, he sounds delighted. “Some pointed out the school was missing a large opportunity to represent to the world everything that we really are,” he says. “It has also been an issue for Medill Integrated Marketing Communications students that the name of the school did not recognize their education and they felt marginalized.”
The world has now been set straight, and a long struggle for respect has triumphed. Who can gainsay these advances?