Today, amid much pomp and circumstance, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism minted its newest crop of alums.

It hasn’t been an easy few years for journalism, but these graduates, along with colleagues from countless other journalism programs, step into a media job market where the darkest clouds seem to have parted, and where it’s perhaps a bit easier to see the industry’s paroxysms as opportunities, not trials.

And so we ask you to offer them your thoughts. What advice that wasn’t likely imparted via formal education do you have for young and not-so-young people embarking on a career in journalism this spring? And what habits do you reckon they may have picked-up in school that would be best unlearned?

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