December 16th, 2013

Guardian Advertises for Unpaid Interns
After Claiming Exploitation is “Ruining Journalism”

The Guardian has been a vocal campaigner in sticking up for unpaid interns. Their pages have played host to an endless list of articles making clear where the paper stands. “Join the fight against unpaid internships”, they have urged“We shouldn’t have to work for free”, argued another piece. One article described unpaid internships as “institutional exploitation”, another claimed they are “unfair and open to abuse by vested interests”. Earlier this year the Guardian ran a brave piece arguing “unpaid internships and a culture of privilege are ruining journalism”. Strong words.

Today the Guardian is advertising for a limited number of editorial experience internships for next year. Successful applicants will be “getting involved in editorial activities”, so there is no dispute that they will be doing real work. For which, so say the Guardian’s own comment pages again and again, they deserve a fair wage. So how much is the Guardian offering?

“These placements at the Guardian and Observer are unpaid”

Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?


46 Comments

  1. 1
    Polly says:

    I’m Free

    • 7
      Mitch says:

      Paying at least the minimum wage isn’t a lot and easily affordable. Internships are a bad American idea that should never have come over here.

      • 25
        Alan 'Fat Cat' Rusbridger says:

        ALL leftists are hypocrites.

      • 42

        …. YES MITCH , SIMILAR TO HALLOWEEN . YOU WATCH , THANKSGIVING WILL BE NEXT FOLLOWED BY THE FOURTH OF JULY FOLLOWED BY PRESIDENTS DAY … THEN WE WILL BE SWORN IN AS THE FIFTY FIRST STATE.

        STILL …. BETTER THAN THE ARCHDUKE BARROSO I SUPPOSE .

    • 13
      Shagger of all says:

      You have to free. No one would pay for such a decrepit arrogant slut

  2. 2
    Socialist Hypocrite says:

    Do as we say, not as we do.

    We know best, so we decide the rules; but those rules don’t apply to us because we are above them.

  3. 3
    BBC and Guardian says:

    The police now investigate any time an immigrant feels offended. Our work is done.

    It’s not your country any more.

  4. 4
    It's only Paper says:

    Since when was ripping up a book in England a crime?

    Assuming they put the bits in a litter bin.

  5. 6
    All the world says:

    Robbin barstewards

  6. 8
    Chuka re-brands the Co-Op says:

  7. 9
    Iain Drunken Stiff says:

    Hello again, Guido old chap. It’s me, your favourite minister. I quite agree with you (afterall, you always agree with me) that having unpaid Interns is a terrible thing. What they should do is get the unemployed to the do the ‘work’ via my wonderfully successful workfare programme.

    That way I can then claim that the unemployed are really ‘employed’ and we can boast about the ‘falling’ jobless figures in the HOC.

    Fancy a free lunch Guido? On me? No expense spared. Well, if I’m being honest, which isn’t often (see my CV) I will charge it all to the plebs. Fat fuckers like us don’t give a shite about them.

  8. 10
    Lord Stansted says:

    I always thought an intern was a particular rank of physician working in a hospital.

  9. 12
    Mustapha Djinn says:

    Hypocrisy rules. O.K.

  10. 15
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Obviously a case of the middle class trendy centre-left hand not knowing what the middle class trendy centre-left hand is doing.

  11. 19
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    So the Guardian is a hypocritical rag. Whats new?

  12. 20
    Middle class yummy mummy says:

    I’ve already secured a place for my darling Jocasta. She is going places, and is sooo very talented and special.

    I do presume there are no… undesirables there? I object loudly when spaces occupied by the lower classes are hideously white, but it’s different when it comes to the places our set enjoy for work and recreation. We are more enlightened and don’t need our noses rubbed in anything, thank you.

    I also hope they redo the Guardian offices soon. It’s a good five years since they had a staggeringly expensive and pretentious makeover.

  13. 21
    Displaced Brummie says:

    NUJ, I pay you good money every month. May I suggest you sort these Guardian Arseholes out NOW?

  14. 22
    bergen says:

    Seeing as its staff are mainly ex public school, this sort of thing keeps out the riff raff. Standards, y’know.

    • 26
      Monica says:

      Intern Places were probably created when mummy or daddy decided they needed a spot for Tarquin and Jocasta.
      Watch out for some “My Gap Year in Asia” travelogue pieces.

  15. 24
    Bust says:

    The point is that the Garudina is broke and can’t afford to pay people.

  16. 27
    Smack My Nigella Up says:

    Oh the hypocrisy if the Left. But to be fair you need to have a rich mummy and daddy; and have been to Oxbridge to stand a chance of working at the Guardian. Champagne socialism as usual.

  17. 28
    Smack My Nigella Up says:

    This has ruined my faith in The Guardian!

    Next you’ll be telling me they bank in the Cayman Islands to avoid tax.

  18. 30
    Labour Voting Thickos says:

    Hypocrites!

  19. 31
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Odds are that the placement has been reserved for one of the sprogs whose mummy or daddy works for the comic.

  20. 32
    The Left says:

    It’s different when we do it.

  21. 33
  22. 36

    This is pure left wing, do as we tell you, not what we do innit?

  23. 37
    Andrew says:

    Holy shit, but this is the funniest thing around this Christmas. In the words of Derek and Clive: We had not laughed so much since Auntie Doris caught her left tit in the mangle.

  24. 41
    treetop91 says:

    Complete hypocrites and just what we have come to expect from any left wing organ. What next Socialist Worker or Labour councils ?

  25. 43

    NICE FACE ON THE LEFT , NICE TITS ON THE RIGHT .

    ARE THEY BOTH ON OFFER AT A VOLUNTEER S DISCOUNT ?

  26. 44
    Mandy Mandelson says:

    Has anyone actually clicked on the link? You know that they are offering work experience of up to 2 weeks. Not quite an internship really

  27. 45
    Jonathan J says:

    I did an unpaid internship for a month and a half. I managed to get a job out of it, even though I hadn’t been to university – and most of the other interns had just finished university.

    But yes, if a company, in this case, The Guardian are saying unpaid internships are not right, then it’s only sensible that they follow this line of reasoning by not advertising these opportunities.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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