AP not offering internships until 2012

Notice:

12/10/2010:

The Associated Press is putting all of its internship programs on a one-year hiatus, as well as our attendance at journalism recruitment conventions, as we focus our financial resources on our essential core businesses. We will resume an internship program in 2012, which will have the same focus on diversity, and also resume our attendance at recruitment conventions.

Paul Colford
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

The last time I checked, internships allowed at least these two things to occur in a newsroom:

1. Create a stronger human capital in journalism for the future. Internships especially mold young journalists for full-time positions at companies for which they interned.

2. Ease some of the pressure from the professional, full-time journalists. No one does small-town event coverage like an eager intern. Plus, we don’t cost much, so what the hell AP?

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