Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Reaping what you sow: Five writers talk about their websites


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What kind of website should a writer have? Five freelance writers share their advice.

Blogger or journalist? In Canada, defamation law applies either way


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by Vanessa Hrvatin Who is a journalist, anyway? In the age of the internet, the definition is becoming less clear. In the past, journalists were considered gatekeepers of information, but today, anyone can share facts and stories online through different [Read the full article…]

Crafting the “Reactive Story” — Reworking News Stories into Web Features


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Act fast and find a fresh angle. Vancouver freelancer Steven Threndyle on how to write timely, contextual stories about current events.

How To Stand Out As A Freelance Podcast Producer


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Freelance podcast producer Jeremy Enns shares the keys to building a successful business.

Turning Your Holiday into a Travel Writing Opportunity


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Travel, near and far, just take a notebook.

Media Mixer: Protecting Our Sources and Ourselves


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by Abby Plener   While working on “Cyberwar” with Vice, filmmaker Dylan Reibling contacted a source for a story. The source was a hacker who had attended the Black Hat information security conference. Shortly after Vice e-mailed him, that same [Read the full article…]

Chris Enns talks financial planning for freelancers


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Variable income is one of the biggest challenges many freelancers have to contend with. But you can find ways to create stability.

The fine line of the follow-up


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There’s no magic rule to the question of when to follow up on a pitch. But because it’s such an important step, it helps to know what editors think…

Independent journalists and freelancers “far more vulnerable” to legal action


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by Steve Cornwell When Justin Brake followed Indigenous land protectors past a fence and into the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam site last October, he thought he could rely on the freedom of the press provision in the Charter of Rights [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer on Brief Encounters and Memorable Journeys


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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. Talking to strangers on cross-country trains and planes really [Read the full article…]