Steve Duin, at The Oregonian, gets it right when he points out that the media isn’t supposed to hire staff for free. A good quote:
[Interns] don’t know that being trained for a job at their own expense has been “illegal forever,” to quote Oregon’s former labor commissioner, Jack Roberts.
Most interestingly, Steve Duin refers to successful court cases against unfair internships:
Roberts and Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries could point me to only three successful wage claims for bogus internships, against Centron Solar, Design for Home and Cart De Frisco International Inc., a food-cart operation.
It is a rare occurrence, so let’s see if we can find out more details.