Newspapers were not just looking for people with experience, they wanted their upstarts to have training, but by doing a now clearly useless degree, had I missed my chance? Not if I had anything to do with it.
If we could marry our online expertise with the seasoned experience of established reporters, maybe we could bridge the age gap that dictates how people consume news, and head into the future certain that, young or old, people will want to know.
My generation has already made sacrifices, and we are sure to make many more. I work hard, pay my dues and don't often complain. But I am no longer willing to pretend this exploitative practice that is unpaid, for-credit internships is acceptable.