North By Northwestern Article

<p>Why</a> NU isn’t as great as you think — but not as bad as you fear » North by Northwestern</p>

<p>Thoughts on the content of the article? And the comments below? It seems like a fairly sophomoric debate for the most part for a veteran of CC, but it's worth thinking about.</p>

<p>I think it's rather pointless. I can sum it up really quickly:</p>

<p>NU isn't that good. But if you look closely, it is.</p>

<p>Although the comments are mostly harsh, I agree with them. There is definitely a good story somewhere in there, but the author did not capture it at all.</p>

<p>I'm always amazed at the poor quality of publications at NU... you'd think, with our top-ranked J-school, that the Daily and the like would have well-written and potentially ground-breaking investigative journalism, thought-provoking commentary and editorials, etc. but I guess that's too much to ask.</p>

<p>yeah, you would think that. but that's because the really great journalists aren't working for those publications. i know quite a few people that freelance for Chicago magazines like I do, even though I am not longer a journalism major.</p>

<p>I wouldn't say the quality of publications at NU is 'poor.' North By Northwestern recently won 8 regional Society of Professional Journalist awards, including best online publication.</p>

<p>Also, as I'm sure many of you have heard, a recent opinion column in the Daily regarding suspicion over Dean Lavine's use of quotes has generated a lot of attention and praise for the columnist's investigative work. </p>

<p>And as atardecer0 pointed out, most Medill students don't write for the school publications - they freelance elsewhere.</p>

<p>Whatever! Northwestern is amazing, this reporter needs to settle and realize how lucky they are to attend a school like NU.</p>

<p>Ivy Reject school? I think not.</p>

<p>Poorly written article though, totally cyclic and pointless.</p>

<p>While NBN deserves credit for winning the SPJ awards (especially considering this is only their second year of existence), I have to agree that this article is poorly written. That being said, the writer is in MEAS. Not to say that engineers cannot write well, but it's not like she is a journalism major. </p>

<p>Also, since <em>taryn</em> you brought it up, I have to say that the columnist's "investigative work" was not as thorough as he claimed it to be. I don't want to get into it because I'm not really at liberty to discuss details, but the columnist's moxie is the only thing I can find praiseworthy.</p>

<p>as a current freshman, i'd say that this article is very representative of the different attitudes of students here. many have this sense of superiority that Northwestern is just amazing, and then many others feel that its a great school but its not "on par" with the ivies. personally, i think i lot of it is split by where you're from, most elite students form the east coast grow up "dreaming" of ivies, and though midwestern students do too, they are also going to be more cognizant of and attracted to schools like NU, UChicago and WashU</p>