Forget free work

Should young journalists work for free (as unpaid interns)? A brave young journalist
has publiclly criticized the industry for its increasing and selfish reliance on free labour by forcing young journalists to work as unpaid interns. Bethany Horne’s personal pet peeve is it only allows students from families with money to get into jouranlism because anyone who needs an income can’t afford to work for free…and that this defeats industry attempts to hire more diverse staff. It’s a bold, thoughtful article that has generated heated debate, and may encourage companies with a conscience to reexamine the practise.

From The Canadian Journalism Project

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