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Attention, Journalism Class of 2016!

john swansonWelcome to the world of storytelling Class of 2016. Unlike your friends at the schools of business or computer science, nobody really wants you. Employment websites are not filled with high paying jobs for storytellers. Based on a lifetime of hiring new grads, I suspect your writing sucks and your story judgment is nonexistent. Your brains are full of mush. Some of you will finally learn. But your degree is only a chance to get in the door where the real learning begins. If you’re lucky enough to get into a real newsroom, over time your writing will improve. But learning to write will consume most of your career -- if you have one. And story judgment? It will take a lifetime of actually experiencing life. Most of you will fail and drop by the wayside into careers of selling real estate or writing news releases. But a few will pass all the impossible hurdles and make it. You will become a storyteller -- a truth teller. And while you will never be rich, you will forever be doing something special.

So special that it’s protected by the Constitution of the United States. So special that truth-tellers are honored by every holy book in the world. You will make a real difference on this planet. You will soar beyond the boredom of profits and widgets and computer codes. You will live a life of words, and images and sounds -- and truth and dreams of what could be. You have begun your journey Class of 2016. The climb is hard. The summit is worth it. Good luck.

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