No more free labor — Hey, interns have rights, too. Slate’s Cullen Seltzer discusses the case of Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, in which a federal judge ruled that interns on the crews of two movies, one of which was “Black Swan,” were employees and are entitled to be paid with actual money. The phenomenon of interns willing to work for free to build their resume and network is not isolated to this case, but is very widespread. And though these interns agree to, and even compete for, jobs that have no monetary return, Seltzer suggests that its not the interns that are suffering. While the employer is benefitting from free labor and the interns from experience building and networking (somehow that’s as good as money), it’s the worker, especially the entry-level worker, who gets shafted. The normally entry-level jobs are given out as unpaid internships, leaving those who need actual income with far less job opportunities.
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The Washington Post hopes to set a promising artist on a path to become the next rising cartoonist and has launched America’s Next Great Cartoonist Contest.
Budding cartoonists looking for their big break can submit six original, unpublished single- or multi-panel cartoons by June 4. This is not a contest for editorial cartoonists, but otherwise, the possibilities are wide open.
Judges – including “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, “Pearls Before Swine” creator Stephan Pastis, “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson and others – will help select 10 finalists and weigh in with comments before readers vote.
Five cartoonists will advance to the next round, in which The Post will ask the finalists to complete a second challenge: submit feedback on the comments they’ve received, a character sheet providing more details on their strips, and one color Sunday-style cartoon – all on deadline. Once the cartoonists have submitted their second round of materials, readers will vote again to elect the contest winner.
The winner, to be announced on or around July 15, will get an opportunity to create a comic strip to be published daily for one month in the print Style section and in the Comic Riffs blog of The Washington Post. The winner will also receive one-on-one consultation with a judge.
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On USA Today’s guest list for the 2009 WHCA Dinner…
Actor Tim Daly of “Private Practice,” co-chair of the Creative Coalition; actor Justin Long of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and the Mac vs. PC ads; stand-up comedian and actor Richard Belzer of “Law and Order”; former head of Sony Music Tommy Mottola; Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox, Pres. Obama’s favorite team; Deputy White House Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Utah Governor Jon Huntsman; Jocelyn Frye, director of Policy and Projects for Michelle Obama; Alma Powell, co-chair of America’s Promise; former Health and Human Services Secretary and Gannett board member Donna Shalala and Richard Thompson of ZooToo.
And who are you taking? Tell us here.