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: Telling wannabe journos “Don’t work for free” doesn’t help - Paul Bradshaw (Online Journalism Blog) -
April 26, 2012
"“Don’t work for free,” they were saying at the So You Want To Be A Journalist conference yesterday. “It’s fear, not freedom, that drives creators to succumb,” argued Jonathan Tasini in the Guardian. The advice is understandable. But it’s also easy to say when you’re not an aspiring journalist competing against hundreds of others for entry level jobs. The fact is that people do work for free to get a foot in the door, or experience, or both – and that many employers exploit that. The fact is that this leads to a media industry which does not represent the diversity of its readers, viewers and users. When opportunities are limited to those who can support themselves for months without a wage in an expensive city, to those who can fund degrees and postgraduate courses to boot, we end up with a journalism which is for the people but not of the people. But telling people not to work for free won’t change that unless it offers an alternative opportunity." -
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