Confessions Of A Former Toronto Star Intern
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Confessions Of A Former Toronto Star Intern
I fear the famed program ruined as many potential talents as it helped create.

Just ahead of former publisher John Honderich‘s latest propaganda effort to push the federal government to hand over cash to dying newspapers, the Toronto Star decided to whack its internship program. This is, I suppose, when young journalists across the country are expected to get in line and lament the loss of such an important and venerable institution — all the better to unwittingly put pressure on Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

It’s true that the Star‘s internship program was prestigious, well-paid, highly competitive, and produced many of this country’s most famous and talented young journalists. Yet, as an alumna, I can’t quite bring myself to wax nostalgic about its demise. Because while the Toronto Star‘s internship does, indeed, appear on many high-profile CVs, it was also notoriously vicious. I gained incredible experience and clippings at that place, and made friends there who have stayed with me to this day. But getting a Star internship was a little like going to war; it offered camaraderie and a sense of purpose at a terrible price.

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