Articles about "Internships"

Condé Nast settles intern lawsuit

Capital New York
The lawsuit brought by two former Condé Nast interns will be settled, Nicole Levy reported Friday in Capital New York.
The lawsuit, "Ballinger v. Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc.," was filed in U.S. District Court in New York last June by Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, who alleged they had been paid below minimum wage for their respective summer internships at W magazine and The New Yorker. About four months later, Condé Nast decided it would discontinue its internship program.
According to a staff memo, Levy reported, C.E.O. Chuck Townsend said "We believe that settling the lawsuit at this time is the right business decision for Condé Nast." The terms of the settlement are still being worked out, Townsend wrote.

Condé Nast shut down its intern program in October of last year. According to an October story from Poynter, "Poynter began hosting Medill students as interns earlier this year and decided to start paying them after Medill asked participating outlets to consider doing so. Taylor Thomas, Poynter’s first Medill intern, wrote earlier this month about the strains of doing her internship for free."

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Carr: Rethink internships and increase reach, talent

The New York Times
Ending those unpaid or poorly paying internships isn't really the answer, David Carr writes in The New York Times. Perhaps the whole concept needs to be rethought, he suggests. Three years ago, Carr reports, Atlantic Media ended unpaid internships and started a year-long fellowship program. Now, 45 fellows work across the company. (more...)
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Ethics of unpaid internships

Unpaid internships have been getting a lot of attention recently, most of it unwanted, as the result of lawsuits and canceled programs.

ProPublica has been covering the issue, from Northwestern’s residency program to harassment legal loopholes leaving unpaid interns vulnerable.… Read more

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Conde Nast ends internship program

Conde Nast plans to end its internship program beginning next year, Erik Maza reports in Women's Wear Daily.

"The end of the program comes after the publisher was sued this summer by two former interns who claimed they were paid below the minimum wage during internships at W and The New Yorker," he writes. (more...)
Can you afford it?

Journalism internships can be a ‘financial strain’

ProPublica’s report on the Medill Journalism Residency, or “JR” program, raises valid ethical and financial concerns about unpaid academic internships. Medill recently asked news organizations that host its students for the mandatory internships to consider paying them. That’s a … Read more

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Why students who want to land an internship next summer should start preparing now

Whether currently interning for a news organization, taking classes or enjoying a vacation, journalism students seeking some of the best internships next summer need to start planning — now.

That preparation should include meticulously researching markets where you may want … Read more


Former interns sue Conde Nast

The New York Times | ProPublica
Former New Yorker intern Matthew Leib and former W Magazine intern Lauren Ballinger are suing Conde Nast, saying they weren't paid minimum wage. Their suit says Leib "was paid $300 to $500 for each summer he worked," Christine Haughney reports.

Ballinger tells Haughney she "was paid $12 a day to work in W’s accessories department."
She said that even one of the editors at W marveled how poor their work conditions were.

The editor said the job was reminiscent of Anne Hathaway’s job in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but worse, “because we don’t get any makeover in the end,” Ms. Ballinger said in the interview.
Leib and Ballinger asked for class action status for their suit, which like several other high-profile lawsuits regarding internships is being handled by the law firm Outten & Golden. The firm represented two interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures for their work on the 2010 film "The Black Swan"; a judge ruled Tuesday that Fox Searchlight violated labor laws. (more...)

Hearst tries to get former interns on its side in unpaid internships lawsuit

New York Magazine
Hearst lawyers are preparing to defend themselves against a class-action lawsuit from unpaid interns, by reaching out to former interns who might attest to "the opportunities and experiences they received."

New York Magazine reprinted an email that it says was sent to a number of former Harper's Bazaar interns asking if they would talk to a Hearst lawyer.

As Poynter previously reported, Diana Wang, former “Head Accessories Intern” at Harper’s Bazaar, sued Hearst for not paying her. Lawyers estimate about 3,000 former interns may be eligible to join the class, but as of September only three others had done so.

Hearst requires that interns receive college credit for their experiences, and a Hearst VP previously told Poynter that Wang "misrepresented that she was a student, when in fact, she was not."

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10 steps young journalists can take to get a great internship

It’s fall, which means it’s time for young journalists to start getting their internship applications ready. It’s best to work on your applications sooner rather than later, and to find ways to make your application stand out from all the Read more