Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award open for entries

Canadian photojournalists with less than five years of experience can now apply for the annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. This six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto will take place between April and September 2020.

Students, freelance photographers and photographers employed at regional or non-daily publications are all eligible to apply. The successful applicant will be paid a weekly salary of approximately $875.

The deadline for applications is February 21, 2020. The winner will be selected in March. For more information about the application process, check out this page on the Canadian Journalism Foundation website.

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 14-20

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 around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

  • New Association Formed to Represent Canadian Media and Communications Professionals: The membership of the Professional Writers Association of Canada has resoundingly voted to amalgamate with the independent membership of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch to form the Canadian Freelance Guild…
  • Questions to help you reflect and plan for 2020: There are all sorts of positive reasons to spend time reflecting on your business, asking questions and planning. Things like reducing anxiety, improving clarity and encouraging creativity. But making the time to work on your business instead of in your business? Sometimes more difficult than it seems…

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 January 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

New Association Formed to Represent Canadian Media and Communications Professionals

January 16th, 2020

The membership of the Professional Writers Association of Canada has resoundingly voted to amalgamate with the independent membership of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch to form the Canadian Freelance Guild.

This new association, totalling close to 400 members, will be founded within CWA Canada, the oldest and only all-media union in Canada.

“I’m very grateful to see that we had an excellent turnout for this special vote. Voting was represented equally by and new and seasoned members alike, who realized that we have made the right decision to move PWAC forward into its next realm of existence,” said Doreen Pendgracs, president of PWAC.

Don Genova, president of the independent membership of CMG Freelance, said, “We’ve worked to bring these like-minded associations together for the past three years and I’m sure this amalgamation will bring a greater voice to freelancers in Canada as we battle falling rates and unfair contracts for members who provide their clients high-quality contributions in all forms of today’s varied media.”

When officially constituted in April of this year, members of the Canadian Freelance Guild will include professional writers, photographers, podcasters, videographers, graphic designers, and more. Media workers who freelance at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will continue to be represented by the Canadian Media Guild, a local of CWA Canada.

Pendgracs and Genova said their main goals are to provide a higher level of professional development, networking, advocacy, and representation for members when negotiating and enforcing contracts with employers.

Representatives of CMG Freelance and PWAC will meet next month in Toronto to begin the work of creating a governance structure, merging the memberships, and amalgamating their various databases and digital assets.

In the meantime, current members of both associations will continue to be represented by their respective executives and administration. For questions about the new association please contact Don or Doreen directly.

Don Genova
President, CMG Freelance
freelance@cmg.ca
778-991-4439 (Pacific Time)

Doreen Pendgracs
President, PWAC
president@pwac.ca
204-481-2399 (Central Time)

The Canadian Freelance Guild: Representing Independent Media and Communications Professionals in Canada.

 

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 9:48 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Questions to help you reflect and plan for 2020

by Robyn Roste

There are all sorts of positive reasons to spend time reflecting on your business, asking questions and planning.

Things like reducing anxiety, improving clarity and encouraging creativity. But making the time to work on your business instead of in your business? Sometimes more difficult than it seems.

A while back I purchased a self-paced digital course and one of the first tasks was to film a three-minute video outlining things like why I was taking the course, where I was at in my freelance business and tasks I was struggling with.

My first instinct was to skip the video and jump into the actual coursework but I did end up quickly recording something and moving on.

The other day I was cleaning up some digital files and ran across the video so I stopped and watched it. Even though I felt like I hadn’t made as much progress as I had wanted to from the course, once I saw the video I realized I have come a long way. I felt encouraged and motivated to keep going—things I wouldn’t have felt if I hadn’t taken those three minutes to talk about where I was at and where I wanted to go.

If this seems like the kind of thing your freelance business could benefit from, here are some prompts to help you reflect and plan.
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Posted on January 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 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 around the web:

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 January 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Vancouver freelancer winter social night January 28

Happy New Year, freelancers! We’re celebrating 2020 with a social evening for freelancers in the Vancouver area.

Join us on Tuesday, January 28 at the  Red Racer Taphouse (871 Beatty St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a drink, some snacks, and a little freelancer camaraderie.

Have you set some freelance goals for the new year? Come and hash them out with freelance colleagues. And CMG Freelance president Don Genova will be on hand to advise you on everything from pitching, to contracts, to setting your rates.

Drop Don a line at freelance@cmg.ca and let us know if you can join us. Hope to see you there!

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 24-Jan 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 around the web:

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 January 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Preparing Your Creative Estate

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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As an old year ends and a new one begins, my thoughts are alternately joyful and ever-so-slightly melancholic.

Joyful, in that the new year promises new hope and a new start, drawing a line under last year’s shortcomings and failures.

Melancholic, in that it is a time to remember plans unfulfilled and also those who have passed.

For purposes of this post, my mind turns to the passing of a colleague with whom I had collaborated on a number of scripts many, many years earlier.

His family called and wanted help in assessing his work archives.

I went over and to my horror found a lifetime’s work in a complete jumble. Files were uncategorized and haphazard, boxes of written materials unsorted and unlabeled, hard drives locked down by unknown passwords and inaccessible.

Attempting to help prioritize and organize such monumental chaos proved beyond my abilities, aside from a superficial tidying up and pointing out of the obvious. (The week of his death he had finally appeared in a favourite national publication. His payment lay amongst the unopened mail on his home office desk.)

The experience shook me up, but more importantly, it forced me to confront the question I am asking you today: If you passed away tomorrow would your estate know what to do with your work archives?

For the vast majority of freelancers, I would posit the answer is a resounding “no”.

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 17-23

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 around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Taking time off when you’re a freelancer: Rest is necessary to fuel creativity and avoid burnout. So how does a freelancer take breaks without losing money, clients or opportunities? Here are a few ideas…

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 December 23, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Taking time off when you’re a freelancer

by Robyn Roste

Photo by Vincenzo Malagoli from Pexels

As a freelancer, taking time off from work can be a scary thought.

What if an inquiry comes in while you’re away and you miss out on a great opportunity?

What if there’s a client emergency and you let them down?

And what if you go on vacation and then have no work to come back to because you stopped prospecting?

These fears are all possible scenarios so they’re important to think through. However, rest is necessary to fuel creativity and avoid burnout. So how does a freelancer take breaks without losing money, clients or opportunities? Here are a few ideas.

Calculate vacation time into your rate.

When you’re a traditional employee you receive either vacation time or vacation pay so you can take time off to rest and recuperate without the burden of financial loss. As a self-employed freelancer, you can plan for this as well.

Calculating for vacation time could be simple or complex but it all begins with the end in mind. Set your annual goal wage, add in your business and life expenses (including taxes) and add an amount for vacation.
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Posted on December 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: