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A $250,000 settlement has students talking
U.S. television host and journalist Charlie Rose recently settled a class-action lawsuit after his production company was accused of failing to pay its former college interns. The settlement will set his production company back about $250,000, with each of the 189 interns walking away with $1,100 each for 10 weeks’ worth of work.
“$1,100? Not that bad,” I thought to myself.
Media executive turned law school graduate Steve Cohen disagreed. In the Wall Street Journal he called the lawsuit “dumb” and the settlement “worse.” He says that companies will now be hesitant to take on interns because it invites the possibility of meddling from labour activists rallying against the notion of unpaid work.
2009 wasn’t so bad… was it?
Despite the deaths of superstars Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy and David Carradine, 2009 was a great year.
I mean, let’s discuss all the good things that happened. There was… um… that thing… with that guy… in that place…
OK. So, maybe 2009 sucked.
Well, that’s being a little vague, I suppose. A quick Google search of “2009 events” showed the year to be quite eventful.
- Barack Obama was inaugurated, becoming the first black president.
- Iowa and Vermont legalized same sex marriage.
- Tiger Woods was hit in the head with a golf club, proving irony is still amusing.
(This is the part where I side-step the global economic crisis, H1N1 and the continuing conflicts in the Middle East. A-hem.)
For me personally, it was good. I finished my first year of college, I did a 4-week internship at a daily newspaper, founded a music website and didn’t get hit by a car. So, all of those things are pretty positive in my opinion.
With that being said, Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2010 is better than this year was.
(Photo courtesy of Optical illusion.)
Three-month gig at The Huffington Post makes big bucks at a charity auction
Media outlets are jettisoning jobs left, right and centre, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any high-profile, top-tier journalism internships available. You just need enough cash.
Imgaine what it would be like to arrive at either the New York City or Washington, D.C. offices of The Huffington Post, ready to start an internship that cost you (or your wealthy relative) a whopping $13,000.
One (lucky?) student is about to find out. Provided, of course, that some other student doesn’t outbid them on the auction website charitybuzz, where the next bid for the job placement is set at $15,500.
The winner must be at least 18 years old, and can choose to work at the online news website’s head office in NYC, or at their political bureau in Washington. The internship is being offered by site founder and Greek heiress Arianna Huffington.
Funds from the auction will go the The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and if the top bidder lives in Connecticut, he or she will even have to pay sales tax on the internship.
With interns that eager, who needs employees?