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Is Your Company’s Internship Program Legal?

With recent lawsuits over unpaid work by former interns from Harper’s BazaarCharlie Rose and the movie Black Swan, unpaid internships have come under fire as being exploitative and, many times, illegal. But with the U.S. Department of Labor’s “test for unpaid interns” leaving too much room for interpretation, it’s hard to know where the line is drawn.

According to the labor department, interns at a for-profit business who qualify as employees “typically must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.” That means if your intern is slaving over a project until 2 a.m. at the office, you better be writing those checks.

Remember, the bottom line is that an unpaid intern’s experience should be focused on his education more so than his benefit to the company, so make sure he or she is picking up a valuable experience.

For more ways to keep your program legit and rewarding, read 7 Things That Are Ruining Your Company’s Internship Program.

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Marian Salzman: Men Are ‘More Prepared’ To Be CEOs

Women still only make up a tiny fraction of the total number of CEOs, so what does it take to reach that executive level?

“I actually think it’s a lot easier to do than people realize, but it’s about making choices,” trendspotter Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR North America, said in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview.

“And I think men tend to be more prepared to make the choices. You have to choose to delay your family plans well into your 30′s. You have to be prepared to live on at least three continents early in your career. And that means that someone’s career is going to come first, and someone’s career is going to have to come second… And I think if you’re going to be comfortable with that, that’s fine.”

For more on how Salzman jumped from advertising to PR and why she doesn’t believe in physical offices, read the full interview.

Dr. Wayne Dyer Speaks to the Laid Off, Unemployed and Just Frustrated

In the midst of layoffs, buyouts and unemployment all around the media world, it’s hard not to point the finger towards everyone else.

But Dr. Wayne Dyer believes all you need to break out of a professional rut is a simple attitude adjustment.

“[People are] just going through unemployment benefits and complaining that they can’t get any work. But there are opportunities everywhere if you’re open to them,” the bestselling author said in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview.  ”Instead of waiting for the government to do it, or for the factory to re-open, they can put their attention on abundance and prosperity will show up in your life.”

First step, says the “father of motivation,” is to realize that you are what you think.

“If you’re thinking about unemployment, or how bad the economy is, or all the reasons why you can’t do something, you’ll get exactly that. Instead, align yourself with the type of energy you want to attract and those kinds of people will show up in your life.”

Read the full interview to find out how he began his multi-million dollar empire.

 

Janice Min Shares How to Climb The Masthead

This powerhouse editor has five successful mag stints under her belt, and The Hollywood Reporter marks a successful number six. So what does Janice Min believe is the key to success?

“A lot of it is making yourself indispensable to somebody or the organization. Honestly, it has nothing to do with titles or where you are. Everyone should try to find ways to be distinctive and valuable in an office and without being annoying,” she said in our So, What Do You Do? interview.

And she’s got some advice for those ambitious Millennials who often think a top executive position is their birthright.

“When [interviewees] say ‘I want to be an editor-in-chief one day,’ it’s such a turn-off. Immediately in your mind you’re like, ‘OK, this is someone who feels entitled who is not goig to want to work very hard.’”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Janice Min, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter?

The Recipe For Startup Longevity

It seems like a new startup is popping into the media landscape every day. But according to the Small Business Administration, five out of 10 new companies  survive at least five years, one-third will make it 10 years, and only 25 percent stay in business 15 years or more. So what does it take to not just bring the company together, but to maintain its success for a long time?

With help from media moguls, we list the seven traits that makes the difference between a wanna-be with an idea bulb and a successful entrepreneur.

One of the first steps: finding that perfect partner. Cezary Pietrzak was one of four friends who worked together to launch start-up travel site Wanderfly, and he credits their friendship with getting the company off the ground. “You expect to spend a lot of time with other folks in your company and pull late hours, so you have to have a great relationship.”

Read on for more on learning the business, handling those funds and honing on your big idea at 7 Definitive Traits You Need for Startup Success. [sub req'd]

4 Things Editors Do To Drive Their Writers Nuts

If you’ve ever spent time as an editor, you likely have plenty of ways for freelance writers to get on your bad side. But before you start adding to the comments, let’s be fair. There are plenty of things magazine and newspaper staffers do to damage the writer-editor relationship, as well.

Case in point? Not responding to emails.

“We know that editors are incredibly busy, but take the time to let freelancers know that you got their stuff,” suggests Apryl Motley, a Maryland-based communications consultant. “When we don’t hear from you, we figure it’s a done deal, and we’re on to the next assignment. Then, you email us all out of the blue with queries and requests for additional copy.”

Not a good look. Get more tips on how to correctly manage the relationship in mediabistro.com’s 4 Things Editors Do To Drive Freelancers Nuts.

New Year, New Job Skills

With every new year, we make a promise to our resolutions that that we won’t abandon them, that this year will be different. By February, we can’t even remember what they were.

It’s time to get serious about turning ourselves around — and we can help.

All this week, we’ve got great step-by-step AvantGuild features to help media professionals shed their old habits and begin anew in 2012. Read more

Breakfast of HR Champions

Mediabistro.com held its annual holiday HR breakfast Tuesday morning in New York. The festive gathering rounds out another successful year for our ever-growing job board. Recruiting experts shared their tips while Resto dished out Eggs Benedict and bottomless pastry baskets.

HR pros from almost 50 media companies including BET, Disney and UrbanDaddy squeezed in a couple extra hours of mingling and networking before heading back to the office. Some even got their own mini Elevator Pitch moment rubbing elbows with WebMediaBrands CEO Alan Meckler.

HR reps flash a smile.
Debbie Carreras of Springer Science + Business Media Kathryn Kennedy of FRANK PR pose with their breakfasts.

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