Advice for grads from Yale j-director, ESPN’s Reilly

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“Have humble expectations,” says Yale Journalism Initiative director Mark Oppenheimer. “Your first job will pay you too little, I promise.” He points out that for a job interview, flip-flops aren’t acceptable and “piercings that look painful enough to make people wince may cost you jobs. Employers do not want their first impression of you to be what an individual you are.”


At the University of Colorado, ESPN’s Rick Reilly was picked to speak to the journalism school’s last graduating class. He said to them:

So, you guys are the last graduating class from the CU J-school. And I’m the last Distinguished Alumnus guy from this place. I feel like we’re christening the Hindenburg here. It’s like, ‘Hey, congratulations, you made the last really good buggy whip! Turn off the lights when you leave, OK?’

When you get out there, all I ask is that you: DON’T WRITE FOR FREE! Nobody asks strippers to strip for free, doctors to doctor for free or professors to profess for free. Have some pride! What you know how to do now is a skill that 99.9 percent of the people don’t have. If you do it for free, they won’t respect you in the morning. Or the next day. Or the day after that. You sink everybody’s boat in the harbor, not just yours. So just DON’T!

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  • Laura Newman

    This bears repeating. Everybody RT this three times a day for one month. Maybe some abusers will get it. (currently working for free for me/no real options)

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Rick we do ask strippers to strip for free. Usually they say no. And if you follow current events you’d know there has been a push for free medical care which either means doctors and hospitals don’t get paid or somebody is lying about the free part. Lastly, do you honestly believe that 99.9% of the populace at large can not write?