“I think if we understand those kinds of strengths and weaknesses in the freelance system we’re dealing with then it makes it easier to to progress.”

If you can research, interview, write, revise and do some basic editing, then you can find more than one type of market to sell your wares.

Chronic procrastination need not be a deal-breaker when contemplating the freelance lifestyle.

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

Webinar: Tax Tips and Financial Planning for Freelancers


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When you work for yourself – like so many of us do these days – your business finances ARE your personal finances, and if you’re not careful, things can get very messy. Join us for a webinar called Tax Tips [Read the full article…]

New webinar on extended health benefits plan for freelancers


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Membership in CMG Freelance gives you access to a non-profit extended health care benefits package. And there’s a new webinar on the CMG Freelance website that explains the costs and benefits of the plan. The Writers’ Coalition Program is an affordable health insurance [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 16-23


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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: Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier and D.B. Scott to [Read the full article…]

2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition open for applications


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Applications opened this week for the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition. The winner of the bursary receives $3000 to attend hostile environment training offered by approved course providers. The competition is open to freelance journalists and independent documentary filmmakers [Read the full article…]

Freelance Isn’t Free Act becomes law in New York City


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Yesterday was a historic day for freelancers. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which was spearheaded by the Freelancers Union during a year-long campaign last year, became law in New York City. The #FreelanceIsntFree Act started with freelancers and the institution [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 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: Jonathan Kay has resigned as EIC of The Walrus [Read the full article…]

Know Your Worth, Know Your Rights


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by Grace Szucs  More often than not, writers are being asked to sign contracts these days, says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. Contracts can protect you, but they can also put an unfair burden on the writer. Genova went over some [Read the full article…]

Expanding Your Portfolio with Sandra Phinney


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By Grace Szucs With legacy media crumbling and a scarcity of full-time writing jobs, keeping a freelance lifestyle means looking in the nooks and crannies of your own backyard. Sandra Phinney, freelance writer and photographer based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 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: What impact will proposal to eliminate unpaid internships in [Read the full article…]

Independent journalists and freelancers “far more vulnerable” to legal action


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by Steve Cornwell When Justin Brake followed Indigenous land protectors past a fence and into the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam site last October, he thought he could rely on the freedom of the press provision in the Charter of Rights [Read the full article…]