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New webinar on extended health benefits plan for freelancers


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Membership in CMG Freelance gives you access to a non-profit extended health care benefits package. And there’s a new webinar on the CMG Freelance website that explains the costs and benefits of the plan. The Writers’ Coalition Program is an affordable health insurance [Read the full article…]

2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition open for applications


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Applications opened this week for the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition. The winner of the bursary receives $3000 to attend hostile environment training offered by approved course providers. The competition is open to freelance journalists and independent documentary filmmakers [Read the full article…]

Freelance Isn’t Free Act becomes law in New York City


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Yesterday was a historic day for freelancers. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which was spearheaded by the Freelancers Union during a year-long campaign last year, became law in New York City. The #FreelanceIsntFree Act started with freelancers and the institution [Read the full article…]

Off The Wire: May 9-15


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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: Jonathan Kay has resigned as EIC of The Walrus [Read the full article…]

Know Your Worth, Know Your Rights


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by Grace Szucs  More often than not, writers are being asked to sign contracts these days, says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. Contracts can protect you, but they can also put an unfair burden on the writer. Genova went over some [Read the full article…]

Media Mixer: Freelancer or Employee?


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by Shelley Pascual “We need these media mixers to get to know one another, support one another and more importantly, push each other to advance our interests collectively,” said Lise Lareau, a top union official for the Canadian Media Guild. Lareau [Read the full article…]

Ticket giveaway for National Magazine Awards gala May 26 in Toronto


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The 2017 National Magazine Awards nominations were announced last week and, as always, freelancers figure prominently among the nominees. And two of them are members of CMG Freelance. Congratulations to Alison Motluk, whose piece “A Journey to the Medical Netherworld” is nominated in [Read the full article…]

CMG Freelance compiling a freelance contract tips sheet


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When it comes to contracts, if you’re not sure what they mean, ask for help. Ask your colleagues. Ask the CMG. Use the ‘Lancer email list or the Story Board Facebook group to ask around for someone who has signed [Read the full article…]

Events for freelancers in Halifax May 3


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Halifax freelancers, students and media workers, mark your calendars for a couple of great networking and professional development events planned for Wednesday, May 3. First of all, you’re invited to a free information session and lunch from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. [Read the full article…]

Urban Worker Skillshare April 29 in Toronto


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If you’re in the Toronto area, come and join CMG Freelance and the Urban Worker Project for a day-long workshop and after party for freelance and contract workers. It’s happening on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30 to 6 p.m. at Story Arts Centre, Centennial College [Read the full article…]