How can you keep your freelance career on track during times of change? Here are some ways to cope when the boundaries between your professional workspace and personal life become blurred.

It’s tempting, when you have client work, to forget all about marketing and simply bury yourself in the writing. But that is a costly mistake that triggers the freelancer’s curse of feast or famine.

Members of five of Canada’s largest freelancer associations have banded together to fight against stagnant pay rates and contracts that demand the right to reuse their work for no further pay.

From contract advice to professional development opportunities, CMG Freelance president Don Genova gives you ten good reasons to join our freelance union.

The Fine Art of Picking a Niche


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By Nkiru Asika This isn’t an article about whether you should choose a niche. I believe that specialization is key to stand out from the writer-saturated landscape. Jack of all trades and all that. If your writing business is still [Read the full article…]

Bargaining on CBC freelance issues underway


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In November members of the CMG freelance bargaining subcommittee met with CBC management to begin negotiations on provisions for freelancers in the CMG-CBC collective agreement, which expires March 31, 2019.  The major issues under discussion are  – the proper use [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 4-10


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Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: More Fuel for Investigation into Torstar, Postmedia Newspaper Swap [Read the full article…]

New webinars for CMG Freelance members


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As a union for freelancers, one of the supports that CMG Freelance offers is professional development opportunities. In addition to in-person training opportunities, we’ve also run almost two dozen webinars over the past few years on subjects ranging from social [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 27-Dec 3


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Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Supreme Court ruling a ‘blow to press freedom’; media [Read the full article…]

CWA Canada Associate Members Stand In Solidarity with CUPW-STTP


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The CWA Canada Student/Associate Members are throwing their full support behind the more than 50,000 striking postal workers that have been unjustly legislated back to work by this federal government.

Ann Douglas on the seven stages of book publishing


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Thinking about writing a book? If so, Ann Douglas has some advice for you. Douglas, whose many published books include the “Mother of All” parenting series, gave a presentation at the recent Level Up writers’ conference in Toronto. Her talk focused [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 20-26


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Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: What does the feds’ $595M journalism package mean for [Read the full article…]

Story Board is eight today!


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Happy birthday to Story Board!  Eight years ago today, CMG Freelance and the Canadian Writers Group launched a blog with the intention of sharing information and building a sense of community among Canadian freelancers. Since then, we’ve published nearly 1300 [Read the full article…]

2019 Dalton Camp Award deadline December 1


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The deadline for the 2019 Dalton Camp Award is fast approaching. The annual essay competition is open to submissions until Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m. EST. The competition offers prizes for the best essay or essays about the link between [Read the full article…]