May 11, 2016

When Cokie Roberts spoke at a commencement ceremony Saturday, the NPR and ABC News commentator voiced the question she imagined many parents in the auditorium were thinking.

“…I suspect that some of you were probably distressed when you discovered that your offspring were choosing journalism school,” Roberts said at the commencement for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. “Where will you find a job, I suspect some of you said, in a dying industry?”

The school’s answer, she said, is that grads are helping create what’s coming next. Roberts then reminded the graduates of some “eternal verities.” One of them — storytelling.

“What you’ll all go out and do, in one way or another, in one platform or another, is tell stories.”

Over the next month, journalism students across the U.S. will put on their caps and gowns and gather to listen to some final words of advice.

What would you tell them?

Share your advice here in the comments, on Facebook, via email and on Twitter, and we’ll gather them into our own crowdsourced social commencement speech.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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