Canceled and unpaid internships can leave journalists of color behind. During a pandemic, there may not be other options.

As COVID-19 continues spread across the country, news organizations have seen a sharp drop in revenue. Some with paid internships, like NPR and The Seattle Times, cut their summer programs entirely. But at a time when calls for racial equity have led to revolts at newsrooms across the country, fewer paid internship programs also mean fewer opportunities to bring diverse voices into the industry.

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