Medill alums told to behave on the listserv …. or else!

A Medill alum and Romenesko reader writes: “The Medill alumni listserv has degenerated over the past few days (as it so often does) into personal attacks over who should be taking Prozac and who should shut up and stop emailing the listserv. This prompted the school’s Director of Communications to email everyone, threatening to take the listserv away if we don’t behave ourselves.”

From: MEDILLALUMS automatic digest system
Date: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM
Subject: MEDILLALUMS Digest – 1 Jul 2012 to 2 Jul 2012 – Special issue (#2012-184)


Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:48:07 +0000
From: Belinda L Clarke
Subject: Respect the Listservs – or they will go away….

A not-so-gentle reminder from your friendly listserv moderator — these listservs are made available for networking and information-sharing by alumni – personal attacks are grounds for removal. Below you will find our boilerplate statement regarding listserv etiquette. Lastly, use of these university-maintained listservs is a privilege. Medill is the only school that still offers external listservs to alumni. So, if we don’t respect the listservs, they will be eliminated.

“With a few common sense exceptions, Medill does not want to take a role in censoring the listserv. Medill has made an alumni listserv available for the convenience and enjoyment of its alums; we see it as an open community. Bear in mind that Medill has a diverse pool of graduates, who have chosen to enter all types of professions. Please be aware that we do monitor the listserv on a daily basis and do not allow patently offensive, pornographic or illegal postings to the listserv. Alumni who post such material will be taken off the listserv immediately.”

If you have additional questions, please contact me OFF the listserv.

Happy 4th of July!


Belinda Lichty Clarke
Director of Communications and Alumni Relations
Northwestern University