Victoria-area freelancers, CMG Freelance has a professional development opportunity coming your way next month. Every freelancer — whether new or experienced — can use some pitching practice. So join us for The Perfect Pitch, our day-long workshop on pitching. It’s scheduled for October [Read the full article…]

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.

Off The Wire: Sept 20-26


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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: Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is part of a [Read the full article…]

Are you owed money by Venture Publishing?


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In December of 2013 we posted a story about Venture Publishing in Alberta. We’d been hearing from a lot of freelancers who were having trouble getting paid for their work in a timely manner. Three years later, we’re still hearing from [Read the full article…]

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #32 — Jennifer Van Evra


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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.  Jennifer Van Evra is a Vancouver writer, broadcaster and university instructor. Her work has appeared in [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer on Embracing Procrastination


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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. I can’t believe I haven’t written about this yet. [Read the full article…]

National Magazine Awards Foundation announces new initiatives


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The National Magazine Awards Foundation announced a number of changes this week. The foundation is responsible for the National Magazine Awards, which celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. In a press release yesterday, the foundation said that the changes are designed [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: Sept 13-19


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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: Walrus fiction editor quits over magazine’s push for “family-friendly” [Read the full article…]

Toronto agency creates awards show for freelancers in advertising


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A Toronto ad agency noticed that freelancers don’t get enough recognition within the advertising industry. So they decided to do something about it. Co-op Advertising created the the FU Awards — “FU” stands for “Freelancers Unite” — to give people in the advertising world an opportunity to [Read the full article…]

Victoria Freelancers: Register for our Perfect Pitch workshop


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Victoria-area freelancers, CMG Freelance has a professional development opportunity coming your way next month. Every freelancer — whether new or experienced — can use some pitching practice. So join us for The Perfect Pitch, our day-long workshop on pitching. It’s scheduled for October [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: Sept 7-12


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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: Funding in-depth journalism in a time of scarcity [Medium] [Read the full article…]

Webinar for Members: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada


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CMG Freelance and CWA Canada Associate Members are invited to a webinar exploring the challenges of reporting on sexual assault. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd at 6 p.m.Eastern Time. It’s being presented by femifesto, a Toronto-based collective focused on [Read the full article…]