Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The New Republic: 'Intern or Die' (The Problem with Journalism Internships...)

Lifted straight from Romenesko for the good health of interns everywhere:

The New Republic | Romenesko Letters
"On its face, journalism's reliance upon internship experience seems to be perfectly reasonable, an essentially merit-based system that rewards young people who've put in time above and beyond what their schooling required," writes Adelle Waldman. "But it's not that simple. For one, most journalism internships discriminate on the basis of financial wherewithal. ...On top of that, college students not lucky enough to be from internship meccas like New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, or Chicago are at an even greater disadvantage." || Related letter. || Read a Baltimore Sun intern's blog.
Posted at 9:18:39 AM

"The problem with journalism internships" argument sound familiar? Maybe just a little. -The Ed.

UPDATE: Think it's all over when you get that first job? Read Doree Shafrir's scathing "Ivy League Slaves of New York" in the New York Observer (and the New York magazine Intellligencer item I found it in). You don't have to be an Ivy League grad to experience this kind of treatment.

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