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Monday, February 20, 2006

Warning to aspiring journalists!

If you want to do an internship at the NY Times, don't use someone who's criticized the paper as one of your references.

Allan Wolper tells what happened when one of his journalism students at Rutgers applied for an internship:

Kejal Vyas ... was in Delhi completing some academic work when he received this Feb. 1 e-mail from Nancy Sharkey, senior editor/recruiting for the New York Times, responding to his inquiry about an internship:

"Hi Kejal, Based on what Allan Wolper has written about us, I cannot imagine that he would want one of his students to intern here. I guess if we need students from New Jersey, we will go elsewhere. Best, Nancy."

Kejal was devastated. His hopes of working for America's most influential newspaper had been shattered because his professor had criticized the New York Times over several years in Editor & Publisher.

Mark Goodman, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, an organization that monitors censorship on college and high school campuses, was as stunned as I was when I told him Kejal's story.

"The message here for journalism professors is that if you want your students to get an internship at the New York Times, you don't criticize the Times in what you write," Goodman told me. "It seems grossly inappropriate and unfair. I've never heard of anything like this happening before."

You can read the rest of the story here.

What's sad here is how the attitude of the Times' editor mirrors that of Dubya's administration: Either tow our line or hit the road. Of course, I'm sure no one at the Times sees it that way.

Via Editor & Publisher.

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