Lesley Evans Ogden is a B.C.-based science journalist whose clients include Natural History, Scientific American, BBC, Nature, and CBC. She shares her thoughts on the challenges of managing multiple projects, how to keep your energy levels up, and the importance of aiming high with your pitches.

On January 17th, The Ford government released a statement regarding drastic changes to post-secondary education in Ontario. These changes include; scrapping free tuition for low-income students, a sharp reduction in the family income threshold needed to be eligible for the [Read the full article…]

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

Members of five of Canada’s largest freelancer associations have banded together to fight against stagnant pay rates and contracts that demand the right to reuse their work for no further pay.

Audio rate card survey aims to empower freelance producers


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If you do freelance audio production work, you’re invited to contribute to the creation of a rate card for Canadian audio producers. Freelance producers Michelle Macklem, Aliya Pabani, Jess Shane, and Kalli Anderson are running a survey of freelance audio [Read the full article…]

SABEW Canada’s 2018 Best in Business Awards are open for submissions


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Freelance business writers, it’s time to apply for the SABEW Canada Best in Business awards. Submissions opened this week for the 5th annual awards program, which covers work published, broadcast and posted during the 2018 calendar year. There are 15 categories for [Read the full article…]

BuzzFeed Canada staff file to unionize


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TORONTO – Canadian staff at digital media company BuzzFeed have officially filed for union certification. The Canadian Media Guild (CMG), media union CWA Canada’s biggest local, is filing with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 5-11


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Stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus.

Next CBC Doc Makers deadline March 5


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Audio freelancers, the next deadline for CBC Radio’s Doc Makers mentorship program is March 5.  There are three programs accepting applications: the Doc Mentorship Program, the Current’s Advanced Doc Maker Program and the Emerging Indigenous Doc Maker Program. CBC employees, temps, and experienced [Read the full article…]

Finding Better Clients Through Positioning


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by Robyn Roste Last year was a good freelance year for me, but by the fourth quarter I was feeling spread thin. In theory I knew what I needed—fewer, higher paying clients—but I was tired of guessing and muddling my [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 29-Feb 4


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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: The new partisan press [The Signal] Applications open for [Read the full article…]

CMG Freelance resolution for 2019


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CMG Freelance president Don Genova has some advice for you now that we’re into 2019…

The Born Freelancer on Being a Frugal Freelancer


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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.   Let’s talk money. (Got your attention, didn’t it?) [Read the full article…]

IATSE joins forces with CWA Canada in fight for better working conditions for factual / reality TV workers


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TORONTO (Jan. 29, 2019) – Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions announced an innovative partnership today to improve working conditions and organize workers in factual/reality television. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), North America’s largest entertainment [Read the full article…]