Coming back to haunt a newspaper near you

Spotted in the Telegraph by an eagle-eyed Dina Rickman (Dina – if you read this please write to us with your own intern experiences!) is a horrible article by journalist Celia Walden. She describes a week of torture dished out to her ‘whipping boy’ work experience-r… retribution, it seems, for her own work placements.

Once Ed had finished alphabetising a decade’s worth of business cards for me, booked reservations at the Ivy (posing as my PA) and spent an afternoon scouring London for a Tintin desk diary (A5, Ed, not A4 – back out you go, my boy), a co-worker took him home to clean out her bins.

I’m tempted to write this off as payback for the years of humiliation I endured at the hands of men during my salad days, but I suspect it’s just more fun abusing a boy – something about that Estella/Pip dynamic, perhaps.

Still, my memories of work placements aren’t exactly edifying. There was that stint on a TV listings magazine, where the boys would routinely order me to stand up on a chair and tweak the aerial. “A bit more to the left,” they’d cry out. “Nope – to the right. Now back to the left.” This would go on for some time, until one day the editor walked in on a particularly prolonged session, ordered me down from the chair and delivered a hushed rebuke – from which the only words I could make out were “Harassment Act”.

Does Ed deserve this? Is it all part of the learning curve? Or does Celia deserve a slap in the face?

3 Responses to “Coming back to haunt a newspaper near you”


  1. 1 Sarah 01/23/2010 at 4:04 pm

    This Celia woman does not like men or anyone else she feels is inferior to her-which appears to be most of the world. She writes some of the snobbiest articles I have ever seen. Read her article about smurfs sometime. She naturally would lord it over an intern-and make sure she told the world. Is this the best thing she can find to fill up space in the Telegraph? You can bet she never wanted for anything or ever really needed a job in her life, and gets everywhere with pull and scanty clothing.

  2. 2 Dina Rickman 01/23/2010 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks guys, but I don’t have any interning horror stories, it’s all been really good!

  3. 3 No one 01/26/2010 at 5:13 pm

    really sensitive writing there Celia. *slow claps*


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