Media companies switching to unpaid student labor.
As head editor for the local chapter of an online food-culture publication, Brogan Dearinger spent most mornings last fall coming up with story ideas, editing submissions and checking the performance of articles.
But there was no money in it—at least not for her.
Ms. Dearinger, then a senior at Indiana University Bloomington, was among about 8,000 unpaid college students working for local chapters of Spoon University Inc., a for-profit media company.
“They are always pushing us to publish more,” Ms. Dearinger said. “Since writers don’t get paid for their articles, sometimes it’s hard to motivate them to write more articles.”
That’s one way around those $15/hour minimum wage laws!
This is, of course, the model that Shot In The Dark and the NARN have used from Day 1.