April 13, 2010 2:02 AM

Commentary: The problem with unpaid internships

The news business likes to swaddle its past in gauzy nostalgia — crusty editors with cigars of gold — but the fact is the industry has never been all that kind to its young. Newspapers were quite happy to insist on exemptions from child-labor laws so they could send paper boys out into the pre-dawn at a starveling wage, and the traditional entry-level newsroom job of copyboy was about as nurturing as a fraternity hazing.

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