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Austin Business Journal editor Colin Pope posted this on Facebook Saturday morning. (I’ve invited him to say more, and explain his last sentence.) American City Business Journals is owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications.
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Update: Pope tells Romenesko readers —

I typed that last sentence with a bit of sarcasm in my mind and a disgusted curl on my lip.

Colin Pope

Colin Pope

Two University of Texas journalism students called me last week hoping to get some experience/clips in exchange for class credit. I had to reluctantly turn them down, and both even countered with the offer to write articles “for free” just to amass a few clips with a reputable publication. I told them that would get me in even more trouble with Uncle Sam. They were really bummed.

I don’t have the official word from my management about the “why.” I suspect, like a lot of employers, it’s too easy to get sued with the relatively new FLSA standards so we’re steering clear of the potential liability. But our relatively few $10 an hour internships are still in effect.

A shame about the college ones though. The internships for class credit really worked for a lot of people. As you probably know, in general, students sign up for and pay UT for a class like normal, but rather than spend that time in a classroom they come work in our newsroom or observe veteran reporters. Students, professors and I loved it (even though refining young talent can be stressful and time-consuming for a busy journalist).

I wish I had known about it when I was in school. Real newsroom experience would have been way better than that children’s literature class I took as a senior.


The story about the Westboro Baptist Church asking the public not to picket Fred Phelps’ funeral – it was retweeted by the Tampa Bay Times – comes from the Onion-like Daily Currant.

“Even if the Times knew it was part of a satire story, I think the social media team was wrong to simply retweet without adding something that clarifies for the reader,” writes Megan Duncan.

* Did Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times just fall for satire? (maddemocracy.wordpress.com)

Earlier on JimRomenesko.com:
* Polish magazine runs Daily Currant story about Sarah Palin as real news
* Congressman duped by The Onion’s Planned Parenthood satire
* Did a TV reporter just discover that The Onion’s stories aren’t real?

* Pakistan censors the front page of the International New York Times – again. (@Indira_L) | The censored story. | Pakistan’s earlier INYT censorship: (jimromenesko.com)
* The Times: “We regret any censorship of our journalism.” (bloomberg.com)
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* Washington Post’s Marty Baron: The Snowden documents are filled with “hints and clues and fragments,” and putting them together is a time-consuming process. (washingtonpost.com)
* “This American Life” will be distributed by PRX after breaking up with PRI. (robertfeder.com)
* Afghan journalists are boycotting coverage of news related to the Taliban for 15 days in response to Thursday’s hotel attack. (mujibmashal.tumblr.com)
* BuzzFeed says it’s not selling the data it collects from reader quizzes. (observer.com)
* Meet the 2014 Google Journalism Fellowship winners. (googleblog.blogspot.com)
* Twitter’s experimenting with showing users how many people saw their tweets. (theverge.com)
* CalNewsroom.com: We don’t claim to follow SPJ’s guidelines. (contracostatimes.com)
* Anna Wintour defends Vogue’s April cover with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. (variety.com)
* Did Matt Drudge really pay an Obamacare “liberty tax”? (thewire.com)