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

A free webinar for freelance journalists and photojournalists presented by The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

Freelancing is a solitary career. But increasingly, freelancers around the world are seeing the value of community.

What is the future for freelance workers? The more cynical might ask: do freelancers even have a future? The answer to that is an unequivocal “yes,” according to this international panel of speakers.

I sat through a defamation trial. Here’s what I learned.


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by Alison Motluk Like many journalists, I live in fear of being sued. I pray that being accurate and fair and unmalicious will be enough. Just in case it isn’t, I make sure never to indemnify any publication I write [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer June 12-18


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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:  Trust in the news is substantially up in Canada, [Read the full article…]

A Tricky Transition: Can Good Writers Become Competent Editors?


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by Steven Threndyle Veteran freelance writers exhausted by the endless cycles of feast or famine often reach a point in their career where they fantasize, “I want one of those cush editing jobs!” And why not? The most prestigious editors [Read the full article…]

Vancouver freelancer social night June 26


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Vancouver-area freelancers, come out and celebrate the start of summer at a casual social evening on Tuesday, June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central City Brewpub (871 Beatty St). CMG Freelance members and non-members are all welcome to drop by this semi-regular gathering for [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer: June 5-11


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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:  Black Press to print Calgary Sun; 52 Postmedia positions [Read the full article…]

Freelancers invited to VICE networking event in Toronto June 14


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Freelancers are invited to a VICE networking event in Toronto later this month. VICE Hustle: Editorial happens on Thursday, June 14 from 5 pm to 7 pm at 78 Mowat Avenue. The event will be a chance for freelancers at all stages [Read the full article…]

Largest-ever freelance delegation attends 2018 CMG convention


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Last month the largest-ever delegation of freelancers came together to represent CMG Freelance at the Canadian Media Guild’s 2018 biennial convention in Toronto. Approximately 175 people from 11 branches of the union — including CBC, Thomson Reuters, VICE Canada, Aboriginal Peoples [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer May 29-June 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:  Announcing the winners of the 41st annual National Magazine [Read the full article…]

Systematic Editing for the Uncomfortable / Nervous / Reluctant / Insecure Editor


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by Amanda Maxwell  Editing a piece of work isn’t my favourite occupation. If it’s my own, then word blindness and over-familiarity settles in. If it’s for someone else, then I panic about changing their voice. Most of the time I [Read the full article…]

News for the Canadian media freelancer May 23-28


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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:  Bloggers and commenters fund a journalism fellowship on behalf [Read the full article…]