Despite a social media backlash and the apparent deletion of a post advertising a new round of seven-week internships at The Sydney Morning Herald and the Financial Review, Fairfax's unpaid internships are going ahead, SMH editor Judith Whelan told Crikey this morning.

When the highly sought-after internships were announced yesterday morning on Facebook, young journalists and freelancers on social media opined that seven weeks was too long to expect young journalists to work for free. Some felt that Fairfax was exploiting entry-level journos by making them do nearly two months' work for no pay.