College interns working at some of the nation’s larger newspapers this summer found tears and an overwhelming sense of gloom as the industry cut more than 1,000 jobs.
That experience did not prevent most of them from continuing their plans for a career in newspaper work though, according to an article in the American Journalism Review:
“That shocked me — how many of our interns still really want to work for newspapers,” says Lynn Kalber, who has run the Post’s internship program for 15 years.
“When I was recruiting this year, I had more and more interns requesting to be in print. You kind of want to shake them and ask why. I don’t know what prompted it. There hasn’t been some big story like Watergate or anything like that.”
Though all those interviewed say they were aware of the economic slump newspapers were in before they started their internships, their college advisers hadn’t warned them of the emotional minefields they were entering. Intern Jessica DaSilva became a minor journalism celebrity after her personal blog post describing a Tampa Tribune staff meeting spread across the Web and angered some veteran journalists.
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The crisis appears to be a bigger concern for mid-career journalists at larger newspapers than it does for student interns or those working at small to mid-sized papers. The bottom line appears to be that, if you love journalism, there will always be a place to practice it.