The award-winning Toronto writer shares some advice on navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.

Last week employees at Vice Canada voted in favour of unionization. The CMG wants to improve the working conditions of Vice freelancers, too.

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.

Join the CMG at the CNE on Labour Day


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Freelancers and other media workers are invited to join the Canadian Media Guild for a Labour Day parade on Monday, September 5th. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at University and Queen Street West in Toronto and ends at the CNE [Read the full article…]

Media interns: Share your experiences


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Did you work a media internship this summer… or in the recent past? We’d like to hear about your experiences. Errol Salamon is a freelance writer and the work and labour editor of J-Source. He’s also the author of a series [Read the full article…]

Media Union Seeks Student Membership Co-ordinator (one-year contract)


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CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union and the Canadian Media Guild’s parent union, has a great opportunity for a Student/Associate Membership Co-ordinator. This is a full-time, one-year contract based in Toronto and includes excellent wages and benefits. The successful [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: Aug 16-22


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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, Ryerson, UBC nominated for Online Journalism [Read the full article…]

CANADALAND takes on Alberta’s notoriously slow-paying publisher


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The media criticism website CANADALAND published a post this week about Venture Publishing’s habit of paying its freelancers extremely late. Edmonton writer Jay Smith spoke with a number of freelancers as well as Venture Publishing’s CEO and president Ruth Kelly about [Read the full article…]

Equity issues at VICE Canada highlighted by unionization effort


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This post is the seventh 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. By Errol Salamon The VICE Canada bargaining committee [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer on Why Paying to be Published is Wrong


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This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.  Am I the only person offended by the concept of [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: Aug 9-15


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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: If the ‘gig economy’ is booming, why is ‘freelance’ [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: Aug 2-8


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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: Public Editor: Should the Globe fix or ban online [Read the full article…]

The 3 R’s of freelancing: Reuse, Repurpose, Resell


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By Sandra Phinney You’ve heard that clichéd line, “the gift that keeps giving.” I’m starting to view my stories that way. If I resell an article I’ve written, or repurpose the story and sell a second or third rendition of [Read the full article…]