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Apparently I’m not fulfilling my full duties as an intern. A recent story in the NY times titled ‘Interns, the Founts of Youth’ is all about how interns bring out the inner ‘child’ in their bosses. Which makes me wonder if I am better of showing my senior producer why I came in a noon not feeling to well rather than telling her? Oh and ‘$7 an hour — and unlimited junk food.’ Hmmm…I could at least go for the junk food.

Anytime anyone asks me my input on their blog or blogging in general, my response is that in order for it to be successful they have to keep it up to date. Well, I have failed at that. It would be easy for me to just say that I have been busy…so I will…I have been busy. Or maybe I stopped blogging regular to prove my point. That’s it, I stopped blogging just so I can show you how quickly the number of people viewing my blog went down. Here see for yourself. (I’ll do my best to prove that if I continue blogging my numbers will pick back up).

My stats

Every Wednesday CBS.com’s Melissa P. McNamara summarizes roundup of the “buzz on the must-read blogs.” If you check out today’s Blogophile she talked about the discussion from the New York Times article (See post below). I proud to say my blog made it on the Blogophile.

As the NY Times article circulates around, (See previous post) it seems as though some University staff suggest that MU should tell students not to blog about their internship experiences. I can understand encouraging students to make sure that they follow the policy of the organization they are working for. Here is the e-mail I sent out:
“I don't think that as a University we should be telling students not to blog about their experiences. An internship is the perfect opportunity to allow future journalists to learn the basics of blogging. This summer I will be blogging my internship experience and have already made my supervisor aware of this. Interns should be treated just as regular staff would be. If an intern wants to blog all that they need to do is run it by their direct supervisor. The supervisor may wish to check in frequently on the blog to make sure things don’t get out of hand. If anything the media organization may learn a lot by reading the perspective of an outsider on the their newsroom or operation.”

NOTE: Be sure to check out all my latest post on my Matt Sokoloff’s Posterous blog.

Catey Terry, the NY Program coordinator, sent me this link to a NY Times article “Interns? No Bloggers Need Apply.” First off, I am not looking for a book or movie deal. I’ll be happy if my mom reads my blog. With that said, I think it is interesting that companies are being forced to react to interns blogging. Is the workplace environment that horrible that the interns shouldn’t be talking about it on a blog, or should they just be paying interns at least minimum wage (not that I’m complaining).

My thought is that media organizations, especially those that target a younger audience, should encourage interns to blog and post those blogs on the organizations site. Oversight might be needed on some blogs, but for the most part it could provide for a very entertaining and real look at what it is like to work behind the scenes at a that organization. While, I have not heard explicitly what ABC’s policy on blogging is, I did make them aware that I would be blogging for credit. Might I be asked to stop blogging because of corporate policy? It’s possible.