many moons ago my friends and i would go to the college journalism awards and clean up.
we were young and cocky and talented and beautiful and ruthless and we had no advisors
so we wore dresses to the awards and made out and drank and laughed as we won
and won and won and won.
many of my friends have gone on to fame and fortune and i, well, im making due.
so in preparation to my speech i debated wearing a dress but because the theme of my keynote was
CHANGE OR DIE
i figured i would not do the things that i did 21 years ago
so i wore pajamas, a robe, and sandals
as i told the kids among other things:
be courageous, learn what the Mainstream Media is doing thats good and bad,
figure out why more people read the Huffington Post than the LA Times
figure out why the Huffington Post got a Pulitzer and the Times didnt
start using Twitter, quit being boring, quit selling out
subscribe to the LA Times since it cost just 3 tanks of gas
and you all say how you want to be pro journalists
thus you should newspaper stalk your career
the same way you Facebook stalk your crushes.
i told them that behind Americas most trusted Newsman (Jon Stewart)
are an army of writers including a fellow UCSB dress wearer (Jason Ross)
i told them that the cultural documentarian (Morgan J. Freeman) was also
a former dress wearer and award winning college journalist.
and i ended by saying
“your music sucks, dont let your journalism suck too.”
i was cheered wildly and a dozen attendees asked me if they could work for me
so, yeah a good day, as witnesed by twitter: