Journalism 'beats working,' David Carr tells students

"All I want from you is world peace, economic fairness, and I'm going to toss in racial decency, so get on that please," The New York Times' David Carr told graduates at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism on May 17.

Being a journalist, I never feel bad talking to journalism students because it's a grand, grand caper. You get to leave, go talk to strangers, ask them anything, come back, type up their stories, edit the tape. That's not gonna retire your loans as quickly as it should, and it's not going to turn you into a person who's worried about what kind of car they should buy, but that's kind of as it should be. I mean, it beats working.

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