Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

New tool for seeking diverse journalism sources


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Freelance writers and journalists looking for ways to bring diversity into their reporting have a new tool at their disposal. Request A Woman Scientist helps journalists find scientific expertise from women for everything from interviews and panel discussions to workshops [Read the full article…]

Andree Lau on increasing diversity in reporting and the newsroom


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by Hannah Daley As newsrooms across the country strive for greater diversity, HuffPost Canada editor-in-chief Andree Lau says there’s a need for a much more nuanced approach than simply “checking the boxes.” Lau spoke on January 5th at NASH, the [Read the full article…]

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…