DNTO was a good friend to Canadian freelancers. Will the CBC replace it with a programming format that is as freelancer-friendly?

A review of some important contract clauses to look out for… and some advice on negotiating better terms.

“Almost always I will change my contracts because almost always there’s something in there that’s objectionable. And almost always the clients will agree to that.”

If you’re a regular freelancer for Vice Canada, the Canadian Media Guild would like to hear about your experiences and working conditions.

Striking Chronicle Herald Workers “Xpress” Themselves Online in Halifax News Rivalry

By Errol Salamon
Posted by

This post is the fifth in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers.   Striking newsroom workers of the Chronicle Herald [Read the full article…]

Beyond Journalism: Free mixer and panel discussion


Posted by

Thursday, June 2nd 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Page One Café, 106 Mutual St FREE! RSVP HERE Join us for a free mixer and panel discussion on using your media skills to find different types of paid work and to [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 17-24


Posted by

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: What will sustain investigative journalism? [J-Source] Media and free [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer Says Goodbye to DNTO


Posted by

DNTO was a good friend to Canadian freelancers. Will the CBC replace it with a programming format that is as freelancer-friendly?

Portenier Human Rights bursary applications open


Posted by

Applications for the Portenier Human Rights bursary are now open. The bursary provides $3000 worth of hostile environment training to a freelance journalist or independent documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on human rights abuses. This is only the second year for [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 10-16


Posted by

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: CJFE to intervene in Vice Canada vs. RCMP appeal [CJFE] [Read the full article…]

Copyright, libel and kill fees: Negotiating a freelancer-friendly contract


Posted by

A review of some important contract clauses to look out for… and some advice on negotiating better terms.

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #29 — Alison Motluk


Posted by

“Almost always I will change my contracts because almost always there’s something in there that’s objectionable. And almost always the clients will agree to that.”

Off The Wire: May 3-9


Posted by

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Globe and Mail Editor-in-Chief: “Sloppy standards” is where they [Read the full article…]

Query smarts: how to increase your batting average


Posted by

By Sandra Phinney I’ve heard editors say that upwards of 80 percent of the queries they receive are deleted without reading further than the end of the first paragraph. Why? It all comes down to three things: writers don’t know [Read the full article…]