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.

“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: July 12-18


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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: Freelancers helped invent digital communications tools to build online [Read the full article…]

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #31 — David Hayes


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In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.    David Hayes is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written four nonfiction books as well as [Read the full article…]

There’s gold in them thar trade mags!


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by Sandra Phinney As freelance writers, we often overlook trade publications as potential markets—largely because they are not visible. Rarely sold at newsstands, the majority of trade magazines are mailed directly to private audiences—usually to members of a particular trade [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: July 5-11


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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: Postmedia announces plan to reduce $648 million debt [J-Source] [Read the full article…]

New monthly payment option for CMG Freelance members


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Good news, CMG Freelance members: there’s now a brand new way to pay your dues. You’ve still got the option of paying the annual fee of $150. But if you’d prefer to pay on a monthly basis, you can pay $15 per month for your [Read the full article…]

Freelancers helped invent digital communications tools to build online networks


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This post is the sixth 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 Before the Internet and World [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: June 28-July 4


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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: The BBC is coming to Canada [Poynter] Global Reporting [Read the full article…]

Writers speak out against The Walrus’s new freelance agreement


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Last fall, The Walrus’s contributor agreement came under scrutiny during what is referred to by many freelancers as “the Alex Gillis affair.” The incident – which you can read about in detail on Canadaland – led to a discussion on [Read the full article…]

Another freelancer alleges “idea appropriation” by The Walrus


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During the past year, management at The Walrus magazine has been accused of poor treatment of staff and freelancers. This month, another freelance writer has come to Story Board with new allegations. Ontario writer Ann Silversides told Story Board that [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: June 21-27


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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: Columnist’s firing at B.C.-based Chinese paper stirs press-freedom concerns [Read the full article…]