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 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…]

Ten Reasons to Join CMG Freelance


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

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #41 — Ayesha Barmania


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

Worker Rights in the Gig Economy


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by Laura Kenins Precarious employment is never far from the minds of those in journalism. Even for those lucky enough to still hold full-time jobs, staff at most news outlets wonder when the next round of layoffs is coming. Rarely [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer June 24-July 2


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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: Can women’s media ever be “authentically” feminist? [J-Source] Jesse [Read the full article…]

Freelance Skill Share Extraordinaire – Pitfalls and Pitching for Freelancers


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

The Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards


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by Don Genova In early May I was asked, in my role as president of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch, to participate in an exercise called ‘The Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards’, a panel sponsored by the [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer June 18-24


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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: Canadian media had the tools to to cover the [Read the full article…]