MP backs NUJ's Cashback for Interns campaign
11 July 2012
Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, has laid down an early day motion on internships in support of the NUJ's Cashback for Interns campaign. The text of EDM 357 is:
"That this House congratulates the magazines, Elle and Cosmo for agreeing to pay their interns; believes that unpaid internships in the media remain the norm and that this should be challenged; notes that the report to the Cabinet Office entitled Fair Access to Professional Careers by Alan Milburn identifies journalism as 'one of the most socially exclusive of professions'; further notes that unpaid internships play a role in excluding many people looking for work in the media industry; further believes that interns in the media profession should be paid for their work; and supports Cashback for Interns, the National Union of Journalists' campaign to protect interns in the media industry."
Internships have become commonplace in the media and the the NUJ campaigns against exploitation of interns in the media industry. Read more about the Cashback for Interns campaign.