A Romenesko reader writes: “I’m just passing along another ‘opportunity’ for journalists to work for free. I’m just sending it to you because it makes my head explode.”
She sent an email from Roosevelt Institute Pipeline advertising an unpaid blogging/social media position that requires a six-month commitment “with the possibility of renewal.”
From the email:
The Roosevelt Institute, by the way, has $17 million in assets and pays its CEO over $200,000 a year.
* “If you’re smart enough to do this job, you’re probably too smart to apply” (facebook.com/jimromenesko)
Roosevelt Institute responds:
As Vice President of Communications for Roosevelt Institute, I am grateful that Jim Romenesko continues to uphold journalistic standards. And, I’m only sorry that RI came to his notice through this blundered posting for a writing opportunity. Thanks to Romenesko readers for staying on the case, too.
As my colleagues have also posted elsewhere, the heart of the assessment – e.g. that work should be paid for, not least of all by an organization like ours that promotes broadening prosperity and fair labor practices — is dead on, and Roosevelt Institute will be sending out a corrected version of the Pipeline blogging opportunity soon to reflect that.
Please allow me to provide some context for how this mistake was made: Among its many activities, the Roosevelt Institute supports two member networks – one of undergraduates and one of young professionals. The goal of our civic organization is to ensure that young people can participate in larger policy conversations, where there are often high barriers to entry. We are fortunate that we have many emerging writers and policy thinkers who want to post their work on our professional blog, the Next New Deal. We devised the writing opportunity on the New Guard blog, which is an NND sideblog, as an outlet for new writers who asked for support in developing their voices. The New Guard is conceived as an incubator for new writers and does not require a fixed time commitment; we used language in the posting that mangled and misstated our intentions, for which we apologize.
To restate, the Roosevelt Institute is committed to progressive workplace practices – for our regular roster of bloggers, our interns, our student leadership, and all of our staff. Thanks for the opportunity.
Vice President, Operations & Communications