Following the NUJ’s assertion that advertising positions for unpaid interns should be made illegal, Axegrinder’s thoughts immediately turned to The Guardian.
Last month it published a blog headlined Join the fight against unpaid internships which prompted Private Eye to cry foul after noting that The Guardian advertises a ‘Positive action work placement scheme’, which offers two-week work experience slots to budding journalists.
Oh well, at least student author Libby Page will have earned a few quid from The Guardian for her 700-word piece. But alas no, Axegrinder learns.
Asked about it (via Twitter) she said: “Sadly no. Unpaid articles in my spare time whilst I build my portfolio is different to working set hours for free".
But she added: "Although that said, of course payment for my writing would be great."