Journalism.co.uk has clarified its position on advertising internships after running into something of a twitter storm by carrying an ad for a six month, unpaid internship on the Tesco magazine.
Editor Laura Oliver says in a journalism.co.uk posting: "The ad was placed in error – we do list unpaid internships, so long as they are within a reasonable length of time. We had some useful Twitter conversations about the listing and the ethics of listing unpaid internships at all – these have helped us update our policy for posting such listings on the forum.
She adds: "Internships – paid and unpaid – are listed on our forum. We don’t receive any money for those posted on the forum, such as the Tesco ad. We currently carry these rules for posting work experience/internship listings on the forum:'This forum is intended for genuine, time-limited work experience placements and internships (of no longer than a month’s duration) only. Placements should involve shadowing (and learning from) working journalists at an in-office location. We reserve the right to remove at our discretion any posts that are deemed to be in breach of these rules.' "
- The posting answers a series of questions about internships put to journalism.co.uk by Graduate Fog, a careers advice website which campaigns against unpaid internships for graduates and covered the Tesco story here.