This Gawker article deals with the Nate Thayer/Atlantic fallout but also poses a number of questions that pertain more towards the 'free interns' debate. When does work experience become free labour, and how far should you go to prove yourself in your chosen profession before that profession thinks you're worth remunerating?
"... it's then incumbent upon all of us to recognize that this is the culture we breed when we offer to pay writers nothing or next to nothing, thereby immediately eliminating anyone who needs a paycheck in order to feed themselves and keep a roof over their heads. Some writers may be able to hustle double-duty for a while, filing short stories during the day while waiting tables at night until their big break hits. But the field will still be overpopulated by people who came into it with money and security behind them"
A Branch discussion in which a number of writers debate the pros and cons of writing for free, the value of a piece of work, and how circumstances can influence whether they seek payment or not. Interesting range of views.