Monday, June 1, 2009

Aren't you glad you chose journalism school?

An uplifting graduation speech from Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, for the journalism grads at UC-Berkeley. Apparently, things aren't any better on the West Coast:

You are going to be trying to carve out a career in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. You are furthermore going to be trying to do so within what appears to be a dying industry. You have abundant skills and talents - it's just not clear that anyone wants to pay you for them.

That's what everyone loves to hear while sitting with an unnecessary master's degree in one hand and tens of thousands of dollars in student loans in the other hand. Thanks, Babs!

It ends on a upbeat note. Kind of. We journalists do what we do because we're on a mission. Transcript of the speech provided by the spiritually-fulfilled but monetarily-deprived editors at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Welcome to a dying industry, journalism grads [San Fran Chronicle]

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