In many ways, it could be argued that Northwestern University media relations specialist Julie Deardorff exited Tribune Publishing just in time. Until recently a columnist with the Chicago Tribune, she is now safely embedded to the more hopeful drumbeat of academia.
This week, Class of 1970-1971 alum George R.R. Martin returned to campus for induction into the Medill School Hall of Achievement. Via Twitter, Deardorff shared some remarks made by the Game of Thrones progenitor that tie into the world she has left:
“It’s appalling. Whatever journalism skills I learned at Medill don’t apply anymore.” #GRRMatMedill on what he called “internet journalism.
— Julie Deardorff (@Juliedeardorff) November 4, 2015
Funnily enough, at the start of the panel discussion portion of the Nov. 4 festivities, Class of 1999’s Niala Boodhoo asked Martin if he had ever received an “F” while at Medill. No, he replied. Also on the panel were EW’s Darren Franich and lucky Medill student Mariana Alfaro.
Tomorrow, Martin will be honored at the football game pitting Northwestern against Penn State. For more on the return to campus of Martin, read the report by Medill students Natalie Escobar and Allyna Mota Melville.