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

Advice on setting your freelance rates, the advantages of working on passion projects, and the importance of mentorship for emerging journalists.

Navigating freelance challenges to survive and thrive in the gig economy was the focus of a highly interactive workshop held recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For freelancers, conferences are a double whammy: attend the right conference and you’ll get the ideas and the contacts for interviews at the same time.

News for the Canadian media freelancer August 13-19


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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: Workshop: The Business of Writing and Editing [AMPA] Canadian [Read the full article…]

Webinar: Covering Provincial Politics


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Provincial policy touches every part of Canadian life. Schools, hospitals and police forces rely on provincial governments for funding; employers and landlords have to follow a provincial government’s laws. Join us for a webinar that will introduce journalism students and less [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer August 5-12


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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: Postmedia announces refinancing transaction [Postmedia] A millennial’s perspective on [Read the full article…]

Lessons from the Remaking Games Work panel


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by Christopher Demelo Labour issues are quickly becoming the norm in the gaming industry. Layoffs, walk-outs, crunch, poor labour conditions and abuses of power are just a few of the ongoing issues that have been reported over the past few years. Cultural [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer July 16-22


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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: Media fund panel asks Ottawa to help small newsrooms [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer on the True Value of a First Paid Job


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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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   It’s a warm day in July so I’ve [Read the full article…]

Media freedom global pledge comes up short: CWA Canada


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A media freedom global pledge that emerged from a London conference is laudable, but doesn’t go far enough, said CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon, who attended the July 10-11 gathering. “If you really want to make things better, you’ve got to hit [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer July 9-15


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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: “Thunder Bay” podcast to be adapted for TV [J-Source] [Read the full article…]

Toronto: Remaking Game Work forum July 17


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Studio closures, harassment, crunch time, rumblings of unionization – game labour issues currently have unprecedented public profile. Join us at a public forum with game developers, media work researchers, and digital labour activists to discuss working conditions and social inequalities [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer July 3-8


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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: Where is the disability beat in Canada? [Canadaland] Vice [Read the full article…]