Internship program falls prey to Postmedia restructuring

You can change the conversation. Chip in to rabble's donation drive today!

Applicants for Postmedia's summer internships in Ottawa got bad news on Wednesday -- none of them would be getting the job because the program had been cancelled.

Phyllise Gelfand, the Vice President of Communications at Postmedia, confirmed that the internship program was discontinued as a result of a restructuring that saw Postmedia close its parliamentary bureau and lay off five staff, including reporters Mike D'Souza, Andrea Hill and Tobi Cohen. The politics desk is now based at The Ottawa Citizen.

"With the changes at Postmedia News, its internship program also ends," Gelfand said via email late Wednesday. She could not confirm how many interns would have been hired had the program continued.

The advertisement for the paid summer job posted in early January indicated that there would be multiple positions available, and that successful candidates would have had the opportunity to cover federal politics for 12 weeks and produce content to be published across multiple Postmedia platforms including The National Post, Canada.com and The Ottawa Citizen.

A number of applicants were notified of the internship program cancellation on Wednesday afternoon via email.

J-Source also reported Tuesday that the status of the Michelle Lang Fellowship, which supports an early career journalist for a year including a six month stint at Postmedia’s Parliamentary bureau, was not entirely clear.

There are now fewer opportunities for young journalists in Ottawa. However, Gelfand confirmed that The Ottawa Citizen will continue its internship program.

As news leaked out about the cancelled internship, some disappointed applicants -- and members of the media -- took to social media to comment.

"Really sad side note to the Postmedia layoffs: they're cancelling their summer internships. Opportunities for students are drying up," tweeted Oliver Sachgau (@sachgau).

"Postmedia's internship is gone. Haven't seen any out of the @VancouverSun or @TimesColonist this year. Missing any others?" tweeted Arshy Mann (@ArshyMann)

Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming!

Photo: H.G. Watson

H.G. Watson was a candidate for the Postmedia summer internship program. 

Further Reading

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.