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June  24

Technical Difficulties

Imagine a yearbook littered with errors that students find unacceptable and unprofessional. No, we're not talking about Bloomfield High School. Some angry grads at the Technical Careers Center in Newark are griping about a $70 yearbook with 17 errors made by yearbook producer Jostens Inc. The students, who got the Star Ledger to sit up and take notice, want the company to reprint another batch of books or refund their money.

In the book, names of students are listed under the wrong picture in the section where classmates are labeled "Teacher's Pet" and "Most Dramatic."

Students names also are misspelled and classes are incorrectly identified. For example, the wrong students are in a picture for welding and electronic shop classes. The students in the picture belong to an English class or math class.

Jostens offered to correct the problem by giving peel-off stickers with the correct names of students and classes, but the kids deemed "cutting and pasting" beneath them. Bloomfield High might take a cue from the media-savvy Newark students who rallied classmates to sign a petition, prepared a news release and assigned a student spokeswoman.

June 24, 2005 in Sheesh! | Permalink

Comments

Good for the students!!

Posted by: Person of Interest | Jun 24, 2005 9:18:17 AM

Ditto to the comment above. Also, since today is St. John's Day (and did you dance barefoot behind the museum last night, Miss Martta?), happy "Midsummer" to all and sundry! (The sundrier the better.) I know it's June, but this is how they reckoned it in the 16-17th centuries. It's certainly been an interesting summer so far on the yearbook front.

Posted by: cathar | Jun 24, 2005 9:29:08 AM

LOL! No, Cathar, but I did do a 4-mile run over the hills of Kinnelon which was topped off by a dunk in someone's hottub. Does that count?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Jun 24, 2005 9:44:52 AM

Who was responsible for the mistakes? If Josten's was provided incorrect information, it would make a difference in how it handles the problem.

All publications I have been involved in had a proof that had to be signed off on. Did the school sign off on the proof? Mr. Moeller was the yearbook coordinator. Presumably, he was paid for that function. Is his signature on the proof?

Posted by: Bob | Jun 24, 2005 9:45:27 AM

^^^what Bob said. Do yearbooks not get galleys to proof?

Posted by: RidgeRanger | Jun 24, 2005 3:52:27 PM

I sense the ubiquitous hand of Principal Orsini here. And the watch is at 6 days and counting.

Posted by: cathar | Jun 24, 2005 4:33:36 PM

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