Where do We Go from Here? Possibilities in a Convergent Future

Soon after the French Revolution started in 1789, the great English poet William Wordsworth penned these memorable words: “Bliss was it at that time to be alive, but to be young was very heaven.” He captured the excitement of a watershed period of human endeavors for his audience, but noted that the future belonged to the young. That is the message of this final chapter: that the future is bright for college graduates who are prepared to work hard. Fortune favors the prepared mind. The future is bright for journalists and journalism, and that future offers multiple possibilities for people who are prepared. It helps, though, to pause briefly to look at the past and to see what ...

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