August 1-3
Michigan State University

Chronicle of Higher Education Article by Scott Carlson

Now and then, I get invited to journalism classes to talk to students about making a living as a writer. Last year I got a particularly special invitation: to speak to a room full of budding journalists at the Minnesota Daily, the college paper of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This was the place where I learned about writing as real work—late at night and on weekends, cranking out profiles and essays to see them dropped within a twine-tied bundle of papers the next day at the cafe where I worked. When I arrived at the Daily for my talk, I found students much like my friends and me from years ago—coming from all kinds of majors, devoted to the craft. "Come with whatever you want to talk about," the managing editor had told me in the invitation. But it was clear what they all wanted to talk about: how to land their first jobs in a stagnant economy, in a profession that is tougher than ever to break into. Read the rest of the article here.