Time Out intern to earn “princely” sum of £2 per day

Time OutGRADUATE FOG CHALLENGES CHEAPSKATE MAGAZINE OVER SHAMELESS ADVERT

*NEWSFLASH! TIME OUT’S EDITOR IN CHIEF INSISTS THIS INTERNSHIP IS JUST ‘WORK EXPERIENCE’ – SCROLL TO COMMENTS BELOW*

The events and listings magazine Time Out has advertised for a full-time ‘writer’ intern on their Shopping and Style desk, paying a “princely” sum of just £2 a day, a two-zone travel card, “plus the odd invite to something very exclusive.”

The advert, posted on Gorkana yesterday, says:

Recruiter: Time Out Posted 12 April 2012
Location: London
Job Industry Journalist
Discipline: Intern
Function: Interns / Work Experience
Contract: Type Contract
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Expenses

Interested in becoming a fashion writer?

Time Out’s Shopping & Style Desk are looking for a new intern to start immediately. The position is for three months, full-time (expenses only) at our Tottenham Court Road offices. Candidates must be of at least graduate age and have a genuine interest in (and aptitude for) writing about London’s shops from vintage emporiums, markets and indie boutiques to high street classics and designer flagships. The tone of the magazine is irreverent, and hopefully witty. Unusually in magazine publishing, our interns do have writing responsibilities, and build up a portfolio of printed work- which is why it is essential we find a good one.

You’ll get to experience working on an exciting weekly publication, as well as press days, styling, tweeting, blogging, editiorial research and PR liaison.

This placement is unpaid, but you get a princely £2 a day subsidy for food, and a 2-zone travel card, plus the odd invite to something very exclusive.

If you’re available now for interview, please send CVs, and a 100 word review of your favourite/ least favourite shop in London to shopping@timeout.com.

At Graduate Fog, we don’t usually challenge magazines and newspapers over their use of unpaid interns (as we generally need them on-side to help us publicise our campaign for a fairer deal for interns). But Time Out are unlikely to ever be of help to us, and that ‘princely’ thing has really annoyed us, so we have just sent them this email:

To: Time Out
From: Graduate Fog
Subject: Press request about your unpaid internship
Date: 13 April 2012, 11.54am

Hi there,

Can you please explain why your advertised three-month Shopping and Style Desk internship is not paid a wage?

http://www.gorkanajobs.co.uk/job/10391/time-out-intern-shopping-and-style-desk/

From the job description, it sounds like this person will be doing a great deal of valuable work at Time Out and should therefore be rewarded a fair salary. Surely it is unreasonable to expect someone to live in London on just £2 per day for lunch and a zone 2 travel card?

I will be blogging about this today so would appreciate a swift response.

With thanks

Tanya

We will let you know when they respond…

See the ad for yourself:

*IS TIME OUT’S AD DELIBERATELY INSULTING?
Does the tone of the text suggest that they know their request is arrogant and unreasonable? Should Time Out pay their interns a decent wage for their work?

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