Shock: Guardian blogger not paid for piece railing against unpaid internships

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." 



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