Newspapers continue their march to non-profit and extension-of-J-schools status: the Philadelphia Inquirer just announced that it can't afford to pay its interns. So just offer unpaid slave-internships, right? Wrong—those pesky unions (bless them) don't allow people to work for free , in the grand media tradition. Whatever will they do? "The Inquirer now is asking journalism schools to pay the newspaper a stipend to support the internships. Each school that agrees to do so will have one guaranteed internship."
"[UNC's J-School] has at least 200 students interning every summer. There is no way the School can fund those–nor should internships be funded by university journalism programs." [UNC]Is the goal of the newspaper industry to end up as non-profits—-sustained by donations, rich billionaires, and free labor? If so, their terrible financial state ensure that they're well on their way.