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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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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2019 Access Copyright Payback claim period open until May 31

Writers and visual artists, the 2019 Access Copyright Payback claim period is now open and you have until until May 31 to submit your claim.

All creators who were affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2018 are eligible to submit a claim this year for written and visual work published in books, magazines, journals and/or newspapers between 1998 and 2017. Works published in 2018 will be eligible for a claim next year.

If you’re not yet registered with Access Copyright and you have published work that fits the claim criteria, now is a good time to register via Access Copyright’s online affiliation portal so that you’ll be ready to submit your claim next year.

For a full explanation of how Access Copyright and the Access Copyright Foundation could contribute to your income stream, check out this Story Board post.

For more information or to submit a claim go to the Access Copyright website.

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 9-15

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:

  • Annual CAJ conference features sessions for freelancers: On day one of the conference, CMG Freelance is sponsoring a one-hour session dedicated to freelancing. “Going solo: 411 boot camp for the freelance journalist” features freelancers Kalli Anderson, Alison Motluk, Justin Ling, and Sunny Dhillon… 
  • PWAC Toronto deep research seminar April 23: The seminar will offer practical information about conducting in-depth research online, in person, at libraries and other places.You’ll pick up some tips on locating hard-to-find data, statistics, historical information, records, and transcripts and find out how to go beyond Google searches and make information requests…

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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Annual CAJ conference features sessions for freelancers

The annual Canadian Association of Journalists conference is less than a month away and this year’s event features some special programming for freelancers. According to CAJ Toronto president Brent Jolly, the CAJ has been working to bring more discussion about freelance journalism into this year’s conference, which is happening from May 3 to 5 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.

On day one of the conference, CMG Freelance is sponsoring a one-hour session dedicated to freelancing. “Going solo: 411 boot camp for the freelance journalist” features freelancers Kalli Anderson, Alison Motluk, Justin Ling, and Sunny Dhillon. They’ll be offering advice on contract negotiation, improving your productivity, and other aspects of working as a freelancer. The session will be moderated by CMG Freelance president Don Genova.

On day two of the conference, a session sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation will explore how journalists can tell meaningful stories even if they’re employed outside of a traditional newsroom. The session “Wanted: Your journalism skills for jobs outside the newsroom” will feature guests Rosemary Quipp, Victoria Ptashnick and Emily Cain.

There are freelancers involved in other conference panels as well, including Leah Hennel and Maryam Shah. And there will be opportunities for freelancers to get some one-on-one coaching with Ramon Escobar (CNN), Jana Pruden (Globe and Mail), and U.S.-based writing coach Chuck Haga.

Jolly said another session that will be of interest to freelancers is the journalism “Dragons Den.” Participants will have the chance to pitch ideas to senior news editors and producers for feedback. The editors and producers involved in that event will be announced soon.

The conference wraps up on Saturday night with a gala dinner and the annual CAJ awards presentations. Early bird registration rates are available before April 26. For more information or to register, check out the conference page on the CAJ website.

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PWAC Toronto deep research seminar April 23

Toronto-area writers, mark your calendars for another PWAC professional development seminar. “Deep Research: Practical Tips and Techniques” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. at the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue).

The seminar will offer practical information about conducting in-depth research online, in person, at libraries and other places.You’ll pick up some tips on locating hard-to-find data, statistics, historical information, records, and transcripts and find out how to go beyond Google searches and make information requests.

The event will be moderated by crime writer Nate Hendley and the panelists will include journalist and novelist Trevor Cole, journalist George Butters and artist and author Sherry Pringle.

PWAC Toronto Chapter evening seminars are free for PWAC members and full-time students. The fee is $15 for non-members who register online, and $10 for members of partner organizations (the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, CMG Freelance and Editors Canada) who register online. Fees are subject to service charges. Online registrations close at midnight the day before the event. If you do not register online, the cost is $20 at the door (cash only). Receipts are available.

To find out more about this seminar and to register for your ticket, check out this event page.

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 2-8

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:

  • CMG Freelance tax time advice: Spring has sprung! And that means it’s tax time. CMG Freelance president Don Genova has a special offer that will help you learn everything you need to know about running your freelance business…
  • 2019 Dave Greber Awards open for submissions: Freelancers, if you’ve written about social justice issues this year, it’s time to submit your work for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards…

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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CMG Freelance tax time advice

Spring has sprung! And that means it’s tax time. CMG Freelance president Don Genova has a special offer that will help you learn everything you need to know about running your freelance business. Watch his latest video update.

For more information on the costs and benefits of membership, check out this page on the CMG Freelance website.

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2019 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards open for submissions

Freelancers, if you’ve written about social justice issues this year, it’s time to submit your work for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards.

The awards are now open for submissions and the competition closes on Friday June 28, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. PST.

The awards honour the memory of Dave Greber, a Calgary-based freelancer who wrote extensively about social justice issues during the final decade of his career. The awards were created in 2004, and are given each year to writers of social justice-related non-fiction.

The book award is worth $5,000 and the magazine award is set at $2,000. Work that has not yet been completed for publication is also eligible for the awards. To submit your work, you must be a resident of Canada and spend 70% of your working time as a self-employed freelance writer.

For more details about the requirements for each award, see the Dave Greber Awards website.

And you can read Story Board’s interviews with some of the past Dave Greber Award winners right here.

 

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Montreal Media Mixer and Post-Strike Celebration

The CWA Canada Associate Members program is inviting working journalists, freelancers, students and professors who lent their support to the recent Concordia journalism strike against unpaid internships to celebrate with a media mixer.

The mixer is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montréal (Phoenix Hall) located at 5035 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest.

The strike against unpaid internships ran between March 18 and 22, while the university’s communications department held a similar strike between March 6 and 8. It was about taking a stand against the provincial government and served as an opportunity to set the record straight on working conditions for young journalists and media workers.

Come and enjoy free snacks, drinks, networking, and important conversations about how to make the journalism industry more just and accessible for all.

The event is free to attend, but please RSVP for your free ticket on this Eventbrite page.

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