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.”

CBC Advises Freelancers on How to Get Paid in the Event of a Canada Post Labour Dispute


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There may be a disruption in postal services across Canada as soon as July 2nd, 2016 and the CBC has advised us on some options aimed at making sure freelance contributors who currently receive their paycheques in the mail can [Read the full article…]

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #30 — M. Jay Smith


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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.    M. Jay Smith is an Edmonton-based writer of non-fiction and poetry. Her writing has [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: June 14- 20


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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: Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts [CBC] OWL [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer on Working for a (Possible) Sociopath


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“I just like f***ing with your heads”. That was the undeniably truthful but totally unexpected explanation I received once upon a time from an employer who had exhibited increasingly incomprehensible and contradictory behavior. True, we freelance creative staff had almost [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: June 7-13


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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: Announcing the Winners of the 39th National Magazine Awards [Magazine [Read the full article…]

Advice on finding work and selling your skills from the Beyond Journalism panel


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by Jennifer D’Agostino Last week freelance journalists came together at the Page One café to discuss life beyond journalism. The event, put on by CWA Canada and CMG Freelance, saw panelists discuss the importance, in the ever-changing media world, of using journalism [Read the full article…]

Freelancers represent at the 2016 CMG convention

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Last weekend media workers from across Canada came together in Toronto to discuss working conditions and the future of our industry. The biennial Canadian Media Guild convention took place on June 4th and 5th at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale. And freelancers, as always, were [Read the full article…]

CMG plans to raise freelance issues at Vice Canada bargaining table


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

Off The Wire: May 31-Jun 6


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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: Talks break down as Chronicle Herald bosses tender offer [Read the full article…]

Freelance Business Basics


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By Sandra Phinney Sometimes we get so caught up looking for markets, doing research and interviews, sending queries, or writing our stories that we fail to take care of basic business housekeeping items. The result can be everything from being [Read the full article…]