What journalists told grads over the weekend

Some commencement speech reports:

* Wolf Blitzer at Penn State: Given the current economic environment, "you have no luxury of slacking or going on cruise control." | Photos of Blitzer.

* Tom Brokaw at University of Montana: Technology itself won't make the world better. "You will not solve global warming by hitting the delete button. You will not eliminate reckless avarice by hitting backspace."

* Robert Krulwich at Berkeley Journalism School: "You are stepping into a world that is riper, more pregnant with newness, new ideas, new beats, new opportunities than most generations of journalists before you."

* Bill Moyers at Whittier College: "I'm not sure anyone from my generation has anything to say to your generation except, 'We're sorry.'"

* Howard Fineman at Colgate: "It is an exciting, even exhilarating, time. The breathtaking promise of it is why I left Newsweek after 30 years and joined the Huffington Post."

* USA Today editor John Hillkirk at Penn State Schuylkill: "Young people of today are in such a powerful position to change and improve the world in ways that, as a little as a decade ago, were seemingly impossible."

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  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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