Those poor, hardworking souls who were pink slipped without warning by Out editor in chief Aaron Hicklin have another chance to rejoin Here Media: if they're not selected for the alleged freelance work Hicklin has been so proud to offer, maybe they can reclaim their editorial gigs by landing one of Out's just-listed unpaid internships. Details follow.
An Instinct reader has tipped us to Here Media's "help wanted" page that includes a bevy of new internship listings. The timing for these new uncompensated gigs is of note because, as you all surely know by now, Out Magazine eviscerated its entire editorial department in a massive lay-off deemed a "restructuring."
From Here Media's Career's web page:
INTERNSHIP POSITIONS DESCRIPTION
Here Media offers qualified, college-level students the opportunity to participate in quarterly, uncompensated internships available in our offices in Los Angeles and New York City. In general, most internships last for 3 months, at 10-16 hours per week. See basic internship descriptions and locations below. To apply for internships, follow the general instructions at the top of the page.
INTERNSHIP -- EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT, OUT MAGAZINE, NEW YORK
The most qualified applicants will be students with a career focus in journalism and new media, with interest and skills in the print and digital medium.
Interns will have the opportunity to sit-in on weekly brainstorming meetings, participate in a major website redesign, and work directly with experienced writers and editors. Interns will be asked to pitch, write, and edit stories and blog posts as well as assist with updating and maintaining the site. Interns will also be asked to help create video content such as celebrity, fashion and music interviews.
Intern Requirements: High-energy results-oriented personality; superior organization with attention to detail and ability to prioritize; strong work ethic; excellent communication skills both oral and written; strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint; excellent time management skills; passion for creativity and team work; passion for new media
So, firing your paid and talented staff and replacing them with unpaid interns? This is your idea of "restructuring," Hicklin and Here Media co.?
The shade of it all.