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November 4, 2013
14:46 // 9 months ago
October 23, 2013
18:30 // 9 months ago
October 4, 2013
theinterneconomy:

"i am looking for an intern to water my plants. also make coffee, sweep, mild cleaning, walk my 2 beagles.” 
#AndItsUnpaid

no

theinterneconomy:

"i am looking for an intern to water my plants. also make coffee, sweep, mild cleaning, walk my 2 beagles.” 

#AndItsUnpaid

no

16:01 // 10 months ago
September 6, 2013
If you haven’t seen it yet, Matthew Bors’ editorial comic on unpaid internships for Medium is a must-read. Above is one highlight.
Side note: I actually wrote a piece on unpaid interships on Medium not too long ago. No illustrations, though.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Matthew Bors’ editorial comic on unpaid internships for Medium is a must-read. Above is one highlight.

Side note: I actually wrote a piece on unpaid interships on Medium not too long ago. No illustrations, though.

11:34 // 10 months ago
June 17, 2013

Why it’s better to be a paid intern than an unpaid intern

  • 63% the percentage of paid internships that led to job offers for 2013 graduates, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). To compare, just 37 percent of unpaid internships led to full-time jobs. And those who received paid internships got paid more at their real jobs, too. “In each survey, paid interns exceeded their peers in job offers and starting salaries,” NACE’s executive director, Marilyn Mackes, said. source
17:55 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2013

whistlesays says: Ernie! I have so much to say! First - LOVE what you do on Short Form Blog. I get a lot of news from your blog alone sometimes. Second - I had no idea you're MSU alum and TBG alum! I just finished up as Editor in Chief this past year. Thanks for making that website in 2004! Third - love your piece on Medium. Finding paid work is such a huge issue that I'm right in the middle of. Just graduated, moving w/out a job, terrified. But I still have hope! Thanks for bringing up this subject - so needed.

Hey there! Great to hear from you. You know, here’s the thing that was great about The Big Green. When it launched, it was built essentially as a way to give folks who couldn’t get on at the SNews a chance to build bylines. And it worked! We built a pretty good foundation for it—Beth Desy had the foresight to launch it, but Sarah Hunko really laid the foundation to make it thrive and I helped on the design front. 

The reason I wrote what I did is that I know it was a scary time for me as a student to not be sure if I’d be able to turn what I did into a career. But fortunately I was able. The best advice I can give is creativity, tenacity, and a willingness to stick your neck out there. SFB started as an effort to push my creative efforts out there, and it worked! For folks looking for a job, something like SFB is what I’d recommend. Not necessarily as a replacement for a job, but as a way to show that you’re a self-starter and can build (and more importantly, finish) things.

Thanks for the kind words about SFB and the Medium piece. It was nice to look back on those days even if they weren’t easy. Please let me know how things are going, and thanks for letting me know TBG was left in good hands!

Take it easy! :) —Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: I meant this to be a private response, but screw it, the advice is good. :)

0:42 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2013
What you should know about the Black Swan unpaid intern case
The ballerinas weren’t the only tortured souls on the set of Black Swan. Some of the unpaid interns on the set found themselves doing the kind of menial labor (i.e. grabbing coffee) that they didn’t go to school for. And on Wednesday, a court agreed, ruling that 1) the interns should have been paid for their time and 2) opened up the company behind the film, Fox Entertainment Group, up for a class-action lawsuit. “Judge [William H.] Pauley’s ruling might still symbolize the tipping point in the battle over unpaid internships. Unless a higher court steps in, some judges might choose to follow his lead in the future,” The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann writes, noting that the case could scare some companies off from using unpaid interns for liability reasons. (Side note: We’ve been following the unpaid internship issue lately, and I wrote a Medium post about the topic you should read.)
(thanks Sara Schwartz)

What you should know about the Black Swan unpaid intern case

The ballerinas weren’t the only tortured souls on the set of Black Swan. Some of the unpaid interns on the set found themselves doing the kind of menial labor (i.e. grabbing coffee) that they didn’t go to school for. And on Wednesday, a court agreed, ruling that 1) the interns should have been paid for their time and 2) opened up the company behind the film, Fox Entertainment Group, up for a class-action lawsuit. “Judge [William H.] Pauley’s ruling might still symbolize the tipping point in the battle over unpaid internships. Unless a higher court steps in, some judges might choose to follow his lead in the future,” The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann writes, noting that the case could scare some companies off from using unpaid interns for liability reasons. (Side note: We’ve been following the unpaid internship issue lately, and I wrote a Medium post about the topic you should read.)

(thanks Sara Schwartz)

22:04 // 1 year ago
June 12, 2013
12:32 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2013
amzam:

futurejournalismproject:

A Crowdfunded Investigation of Internships
ProPublica:


Late last month, ProPublica launched a Kickstarter to cover the costs of hiring an intern to help with our internships investigation. Our intern will create a microsite on the intern economy, traveling around the country to collect interns’ stories that will supplement and enhance our more traditional watchdog reports. But to do this, we need to raise $22,000 by June 27.
Our editor-in-chief Steve Engelberg sat down with ProPublica’s community editor Blair Hickman and news application fellow Jeremy Merrill to talk about our unique approach to investigating the intern economy.


“Beyond the Kickstarter, from a reporting perspective and project perspective, what’s particularly noteworthy about this is we’re starting with community and we are starting with data and news applications,” said Hickman about the project. “We’ve said from the get-go, we are investigating internships and we’re doing this in a very open way — which is a little bit different than our normal investigations. And because of that, we’ve gotten a ton of tips flooding in and we’re starting to do news reports off of that. But it’s starting with the crowd.”



FJP: This will be fantastic. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter, and here’s a podcast about the project. Reminds us of Ross Perlin’s Intern Nation, which is a fairly interesting read.


Thank you for Tumbling!!

You want to solve the intern problem? Consider donating to this pretty darn awesome idea for an investigation.

amzam:

futurejournalismproject:

A Crowdfunded Investigation of Internships

ProPublica:

Late last month, ProPublica launched a Kickstarter to cover the costs of hiring an intern to help with our internships investigation. Our intern will create a microsite on the intern economy, traveling around the country to collect interns’ stories that will supplement and enhance our more traditional watchdog reports. But to do this, we need to raise $22,000 by June 27.

Our editor-in-chief Steve Engelberg sat down with ProPublica’s community editor Blair Hickman and news application fellow Jeremy Merrill to talk about our unique approach to investigating the intern economy.

“Beyond the Kickstarter, from a reporting perspective and project perspective, what’s particularly noteworthy about this is we’re starting with community and we are starting with data and news applications,” said Hickman about the project. “We’ve said from the get-go, we are investigating internships and we’re doing this in a very open way — which is a little bit different than our normal investigations. And because of that, we’ve gotten a ton of tips flooding in and we’re starting to do news reports off of that. But it’s starting with the crowd.”

FJP: This will be fantastic. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter, and here’s a podcast about the project. Reminds us of Ross Perlin’s Intern Nation, which is a fairly interesting read.

Thank you for Tumbling!!

You want to solve the intern problem? Consider donating to this pretty darn awesome idea for an investigation.

19:39 // 1 year ago
May 31, 2013
journosofcolor:


A job posting at the prestigious foreign policy magazine for an editorial assistants job.
They want you to write, pitch, fact-check and research, five days a week, for at least 35 hours a week. A full-time job, in other words.
How much are they willing to pay? Nothing at all. They want your labor, for free. And what do they offer in return? Experience. That’s it.
If you’re wondering why it’s hard to find people from low-income backgrounds in elite journalism—which, disproportionately, means people of color—look no further than this. The only people who can afford to work full-time for free come from wealth, and generally, if you’re wealthy in America, you’re white.
It’s a barrier to entry that keeps the field closed to everyone but our affluent, (almost certainly) Ivy-educated elites. That’s a problem.


Important comment above. (Also relevant.)

journosofcolor:

A job posting at the prestigious foreign policy magazine for an editorial assistants job.

They want you to write, pitch, fact-check and research, five days a week, for at least 35 hours a week. A full-time job, in other words.

How much are they willing to pay? Nothing at all. They want your labor, for free. And what do they offer in return? Experience. That’s it.

If you’re wondering why it’s hard to find people from low-income backgrounds in elite journalism—which, disproportionately, means people of color—look no further than this. The only people who can afford to work full-time for free come from wealth, and generally, if you’re wealthy in America, you’re white.

It’s a barrier to entry that keeps the field closed to everyone but our affluent, (almost certainly) Ivy-educated elites. That’s a problem.

Important comment above. (Also relevant.)

16:39 // 1 year ago