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Turmoil Strategies: Lay off entire staff, bring in unpaid interns

Posted by: Diane Brady on February 10, 2009

Here’s one of the more radical ways to cut costs:

A Toronto free daily newspaper has fired all of its staff writers, replacing them with unpaid interns brought on just days earlier to gather the news.

The nine-year-old Metro, owned by Canadian media giant Torstar, is unapologetic about the move. Metro’s group publisher for English Canada, Bill McDonald, told reporters that the company had “made a small adjustment to our staff. We’re managing our business in these economic times.”

Under union rules, interns are allowed to stay on in the event of layoffs. Nobody assumed they would be left to run the show.

Reader Comments

Hayli M.

February 12, 2009 8:24 AM

I don't see that lasting long - tons of work for no pay! Furthermore, because interns have such high turnover, it's going to be difficult for that newspaper to forge lasting relationships with sources.

-Hayli M.
Mktg. Comm. Specialist


February 23, 2009 9:47 PM

Could work. If they have a couple of editors keeping charge. Also depends on the type of interns.

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