So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. —Dead Poets Society
Whenever I feel like a bad person, I remind myself I’ve never sent pictures of genitals to non-consenting minors.
or consenting ones for that matter
Foreign Policy magazine doesn’t pay its interns.
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.)
Wow. That job description includes pitching stories, blogging, writing print pieces, proofreading, editing, and fact-checking. That isn’t even entry-level journalism shit. An associate-level editor wouldn’t be doing all of those things. Shame on this outlet for even suggesting someone should do this FOR FREE. Shame on the entire journalism industry for using unpaid scabs to do REAL WORK.
I’m against unpaid internships as a principle, but if you must use unpaid interns, you have them do things like approve comments on the website or other maintenance-type stuff. Maybe writing a short blog post every now and then. Some grunt work for the higher-ups, like sending PR pitches or rounding up potential source for a story. This, on the other hand is absolutely egregious.
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