Humber College Print Humour Workshop coming up in New York

Got jokes? Dream of publishing your humour writing? Humber College is gearing up for a two-day humour writing workshop in New York City later this month.

Humber Comedy Program director Andrew Clark says the workshop will be a very practical event for people who want to get their work published — or those who’ve already been published but are looking to branch out into humour.

The event’s organizer Mike Sacks is a humourist, critic and an editor at Vanity Fair. He says this is the first writing seminar of its kind because of its focus on humour writing specifically geared to print.

“It will be a very nuts and bolts seminar. Usually these types of seminars are taught by writers who don’t make a career in comedy writing. Everyone involved in this seminar–from agents to editors to the writers–have all made a living, often a great living, in the realm of comedy writing. So the information will be very applicable to a young writer: how to get published, how to get an agent, how to sell a comedy piece to a magazine,” Sacks told Story Board via email this week.

Top level names in writing, editing and agenting will be participating in the workshop, including Larry Doyle (Simpsons, New Yorker), Teddy Wayne (Vanity Fair, New Yorker, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine), Sam Lipsyte (Home Land, The Ask), Sloane Crosley (I Was Told There’d Be Cake), and others.

The event is scheduled for October 18th and 19th. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and costs $255CAD to attend. To find out more or to register, check out Humber College’s event page.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:19 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

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

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: 

 

From the U.S. and beyond:

 

Last week 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 September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

5 Rules for Napping Like a Work-From-Home Pro

 

Image: “Nap Time” by Laura D’Alessandro

Image: “Nap Time” by Laura D’Alessandro

by Alexander Huls

You’re working from home, sitting at your computer, slaying deadlines left and right, firing off emails like nobody’s business. Then you hit that time of the day. Your eyelids suddenly get droopy. Your brain seems to replace its matter with cotton candy. You hit that crossroad that all work-from-homers face: to nap, or not to nap.

Naps are one of the greatest things about being a freelancer working from home. All the money in the world can’t top that feeling of “I can nap right now and NO ONE CAN STOP ME.” (I’d still appreciate you sending me all the money in the world though). Naps do, however, come with dangers. Can it be procrastination? Sure. Can it be disruptive to the flow of your day? Absolutely.

That’s why—with my PhD in Napthropology and years’ worth of scientific research—I’d like to share my hard earned wisdom with you. Here are a few crucial tips on how to make the most of your work-from-home snooze.

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Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:24 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelancer meet-up in Halifax this week

We here at Story Board would like to send some freelancer high fives out to a new freelance group in Halifax this week. The group is planning to hold regular monthly get-togethers and build a casual network for support and freelance camaraderie.

The idea for the regular event came out of an info session organized by the Halifax Media Co-op earlier this month. Representatives from the Canadian Media Guild and the Canadian Freelance Union were on hand at the session to talk about the benefits of belonging to a union — access to legal advice and extended health plans among them — and to answer questions from the freelancers in the crowd.

Halifax Media Co-op podcast producer and reporter Erica Butler says the info session was focused on spreading the word about freelance unions.

“As hoped, the discussion was lively and wide-ranging,” Butler told Story Board via email this week.

“The best part of the night was the Q&A portion, with lots of specific and challenging questions getting asked and answered.”

The info session also sparked the idea for regular freelance gatherings.

“Several people suggested a regular meet-up to talk shop, something that freelancers don’t get to do in the course of their day, being somewhat solitary workers,” said Butler.

The first meet-up is happening tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Gus’ Pub n’ Grill in Halifax. Future events will be on the third Thursday of every month (keep the mnemonic Media Freelancers THIRDsdays in mind) at the same time and place.

For more details about the event, or to connect with the group for discussion and networking, you can request to join their Facebook group here.

 

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:40 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

Time management tips for freelancers

by Lesley Evans Ogden

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Freelancer Lesley Evans Ogden at Courage Camp in Colorado last month.

 

Start the clock. Time management. Blog post. Story Board. Click.

The Toggl timer is ticking, and while you spend precious time here, I’ll share with you some of the useful nuggets about time management that I recently learned at Courage Camp for freelancers.

The camp was led by freelance journalist Christie Aschwanden, with fellow instructors Bruce Barcott (journalist and author), Laura Helmuth (science and health editor at Slate), and Julia Galef, (President and Cofounder of the Center for Applied Rationality).

There was rapt attention from the 23 freelancers in the classroom at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Mountain Research Station for our session on time management. Here are some of the tips that were shared.

 

Know thyself

Track your time. Or at least note the times of day that you are most productive. There are entire books written about the importance of getting up early to get a productive start on the day.

“That’s great advice for some people, but for others it’s horrible,” suggests instructor and fellow freelance journalist Christie Aschwanden, a self-confessed night owl.
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Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:00 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: ,

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

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: 

 

From the U.S. and beyond:

 

Last week 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 September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

SABEW Canada to hold first official event for Canadian business writers and editors

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) is launching a Canadian chapter and the organization will hold its first official event on Tuesday, September 30th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Rotman School of Management.

The event will feature an hour-long talk by Bloomberg Executive Editor John McCorry about the state of business journalism and the lessons that Canadian journalists can learn from what’s been happening at Bloomberg and other U.S. media outlets.

You can register to attend here until registration closes on September 22nd. The event is free and refreshments will be served. A networking reception will follow the talk.

SABEW describes itself as an “independent, not-for-profit organization focused on enhancing business journalism across North America.” The Canadian chapter is developing its own version of the Best in Business contest — an annual awards program focused on excellence in business journalism.

Check out the SABEW Canada Eventbrite page for more information about membership benefits and annual fees.

 

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The Born Freelancer on the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation, Part 2

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? Your input is welcome in the comments. 

 

The Born Freelancer recently sat down with CBMF Executive Director and “long time broadcast person” Kealy Wilkinson, a lifelong freelancer,  to discuss a wide range of topics of particular relevance to freelancers in Canada seen within the context of our broadcasting heritage. Ms. Wilkinson’s impressive freelance career has included system and service design (with a number of years as Special Advisor, Strategic Planning to the CBC – during which time her assignments included designing the CBC’s Parliamentary Channel and the unsuccessful CBC-II/Tele-II.) This is the second part of our conversation. Part One is here.

 

You started your professional career in local radio on Baffin Island of all places after you graduated. Is that kind of experience, starting in a small town station somewhere, an experience you’d recommend to freelancers today?

For somebody who was very young, it was a fabulous experience to do all the things you’d never have gotten a chance to do anywhere else… I learned how to produce, how to do offsite recordings, how to develop programs that would interest people. That’s something I would never have had the chance to do so quickly anywhere else.

Do you think that kind of opportunity to break in at a small station somewhere still exists today?

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Posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

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

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: 

 

From the U.S. and beyond:

 

Last week 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 September 15, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Online Q&A for emerging media workers

Journalism students and other emerging media workers should be sure to tune in next Tuesday to an online Q&A session organized by the Canadian University Press and CWA Canada.

Getting Hired! A Q&A for media workers” is scheduled for Tuesday September 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The live chat with Käthe Lemon (Editor in Chief of Avenue Magazine), Martin O’Hanlon (Parliamentary Editor of The Canadian Press) and Marlene Murphy (Senior News Writer, CBC Television) will give participants a chance to ask questions about cover letters, resumes and job interviews.

Katherine Lapointe, an organizer with CWA Canada, says the event is part of a series of supports that the union is offering to emerging, student, and non-unionized media workers.

“This workshop will be a great chance to ask experts in the industry for advice on everything from how to convey your social media expertise in a cover letter, to how to turn an internship or contract position into a permanent job, to what questions they want you to ask at an interview,” she told Story Board via email this week.

“We recognize that we have a responsibility as a union to work with the next generation of media workers to support them in finding meaningful work and in advocating for their rights as workers.”

Sign up here for a free Spreecast account to participate in the chat and, if you want, to submit your questions in advance.

And if you would like more information about this event, you can email Katherine Lapointe at klapointe@cwa-scacanada.ca.

 

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,