College media adviser loses job after student paper publishes wrong name of new university president

Tulsa World | College Media Matters | Charles Apple

The faculty adviser at Oral Roberts University's student newspaper resigned after the paper identified the wrong person as the university's incoming president:

The Oracle erroneously named a Texas pastor as the new president in its online edition about 15 minutes before the Wednesday chapel service at which the announcement was expected to be made.

The new president is William "Billy" Wilson, the World reports. Kevin Armstrong resigned from the university, saying "Out of respect for the university that I will always love, and for my family's well-being, I have resigned from the university on amicable terms and will have no further comment." Dan Reimold reports that Armstrong may have been fired by current ORU President Mark Rutland, who called the paper's story "irresponsible."

And in Greensboro, N.C., the News & Record misspelled the name of new owner Warren Buffett on Page 1, Charles Apple reports.

Front page courtesy the Newseum

Related: Why misspelled names are so common & what journalists are doing to prevent them

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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