Applications open for 2019 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition

Applications are now open for the 2019 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition. Freelance journalists and independent documentary makers with projects that focus on human rights abuses can apply for the bursary, which provides the winner with $3000 to attend hostile environment training.

The bursary is offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, which also offers a number of training bursaries each year through the Forum Freelance Fund.

The application deadline is June 12th. Winners will be notified by July 31st and must choose a course from the list of approved course providers by September 30th. Applicants may be of any nationality. Approved courses are currently available in Canada, the USA, Britain, Afghanistan and sometimes elsewhere.

For more information on how to apply, see the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma’s website.

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 7-13

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on May 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

On Cue: Switching from Print to Podcast? It May Not Be as Big a Stretch as You Think

by Meagan Gillmore

I never intended to host a daily podcast. But in March 2019, I unexpectedly traded in a notebook for a microphone and took on the role of guest-host for The Pulse, a daily show on AMI-audio that focuses on current affairs related to disability and accessibility.

Before, I thought print journalists began podcasting because of disruptions in legacy media.

Now, I think the desire to create a community with a story is what often fuels such a move – and I’ve realized print and audio have more in common than I thought.

My stint in podcasting was brief – the show went on hiatus a few weeks after I stepped in as a temporary host – but here are a few of the lessons I learned along the way.

Know what you need to learn

Liz Beatty, a magazine writer and former communications specialist, says she doesn’t view audio work and writing as very different from each other.

“I don’t think it’s two separate worlds,” she says.

But the jump from print to audio was still an adjustment.
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Posted on May 9, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 30-May 6

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Webinar — Declutter Your Data: Breakfast Lesson webinar if you’re on the west coast!) called Declutter Your Digital Data on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12 noon ET (9am PT) and author Angela Crocker will teach you how to declutter your digital life…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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Webinar: Declutter Your Digital Data

These days, we all have digital DNA filled with an unwieldy amount of data. Photographs, social media accounts, blog posts, and old news reports fill mobile phones, tablets, hard drives, and the cloud. This results in the digital clutter problem, a largely invisible issue hidden inside sleek mobile phones and invisible data storage.

Join us for a Lunch and Learn webinar (or a Breakfast Lesson webinar if you’re on the west coast!) called Declutter Your Digital Data on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12 noon ET (9am PT) and author Angela Crocker will teach you how to declutter your digital life.

The session will be based on on Angela’s three year personal digital cleanse. Strategies to declutter data, organize information, and sort out accessibility combined with methods to keep the digital “paper tiger” under control will give participants actionable steps to put into practice immediately.

Angela Crocker has been described as a pioneer of ethical social media, a business savvy digital goddess, and an information organizing superhero. She’s also been called the Ann Landers of the online world, making sense of the sometimes confusing digital domain. She’s the author of five books including the 2018 release Declutter Your Data: Take Charge of Data and Organize Your Digital Life. Learn more at AngelaCrocker.com and connect with Angela on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.

To register for the webinar “Declutter Your Digital Data” click on this link. If you’re a CMG Freelance member, enter the code “CMG-FL” when you are asked for an affiliation code. If you are not a member, you can enter the code “SBoard” to register to participate in this webinar for free.

Live viewings of our webinars are open to everyone. We’ll be making a recorded version available to members of CMG Freelance after the event. For information about the price and benefits of CMG Freelance membership please check out the CMG Freelance website.

 

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 23-29

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Toronto freelancer social night April 30: Toronto-area freelancers, CMG Freelance president Don Genova is in your area this week and is hoping you’ll join him for a casual get-together this coming Tuesday night, April 30 at The Wellington…
  • The Born Freelancer on (Not) Having Your Ideas Stolen: If you’re a professional freelancer, you quickly come to the realization that your ideas are the very foundations of your creative existence, the begetters of all income. And so you must learn to treat them with a greater degree of protectiveness than you might wish to do otherwise…
  • CAJ conference opening night freelance mixer in Winnipeg May 2: Freelancers, if you’re going to be in Winnipeg during the CAJ’s annual conference next month, you’re invited to a casual opening night mixer sponsored by CMG Freelance…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Toronto freelancer social night April 30

Toronto-area freelancers, CMG Freelance president Don Genova is in your area this week and is hoping you’ll join him for a casual get-together this coming Tuesday night, April 30 at The Wellington (520 Wellington St. West) from 6 to 8 p.m.

It’s a chance to meet other freelancers for a bit of camaraderie, networking, and some drinks and snacks. All freelancers are welcome, CMG Freelance members and non-members alike.

The get together is happening in ‘The Front Room” of The Wellington, the reservation is under “Don – Canadian Media Guild.” Please drop Don a line at freelance@cmg.ca to let him know if you can make it. First round of drinks and snacks are on him!

Posted on April 27, 2019 at 10:19 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on (Not) Having Your Ideas Stolen

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.

 

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The police tell us to stencil our name or other uniquely identifiable mark on our most valuable property. In the event it is stolen, that simple procedure will help identify it as ours and greatly increase the odds of having it returned.

It’s not so simple with ideas.

We writers love to discuss them. We throw them around verbally with playful abandon, embellishing them as we go along, before more fully deploying them in some creative work or another… if they haven’t irretrievably morphed and gotten away from us first.

By their very nature, ideas are a gift from the cosmos. Where do they come from? Who can say. How do we perceive them? I do not know. Are they really “ours”? Maybe – but only for a little while. Are any of them actually original? Possibly – but only very few.

During some periods in our creative lives (if we’re lucky) they flow like never ending fountains of inspiration, easily discarded because another dozen or more are soon on their way. During other, less indulgent and more stressful periods, the flow can reduce to a trickle – or even worse – it can shut off entirely for no apparent reason.

So it may appear to court the displeasure of the muses (of whom I have written elsewhere) to hoard or in any way obstruct their natural exuberance in the wild. Especially in this age when it has never been easier to share ideas or trade them with others near or far online.

However, if you’re a professional freelancer, you quickly come to the realization that your ideas are the very foundations of your creative existence, the begetters of all income. And so you must, perhaps regrettably, learn to treat them with a greater degree of protectiveness than you might wish to do otherwise.

Loose lips sink ships…

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Posted on April 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

CAJ Conference opening night freelance mixer in Winnipeg May 2

Freelancers, if you’re going to be in Winnipeg during the CAJ’s annual conference next month, you’re invited to a casual opening night mixer sponsored by CMG Freelance.

Come out to Tavern United Bell MTS Place (345 Graham Ave) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd. It’s a chance to meet some freelance colleagues from across the country for a little networking and freelance camaraderie.

CMG Freelance will pick up the first round of drinks and some snacks for the table as well. Everyone is welcome — members and non-members alike. The reservation will be under “Don, Canadian Media Guild.”

Please RSVP to CMG Freelance president Don Genova at freelance@cmg.ca to let us know if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 16-22

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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