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 the Personal Journalism category. And congratulations to Kalli Anderson, whose article “Cannabis Kids” is nominated in the Feature Writing category. We wish them luck at the upcoming awards gala, on May 26th in Toronto.

The Magazine Awards are offering a special deal on gala tickets to freelancers this year. If you’ve been nominated for an award, you can get a ticket to the reception, dinner, and awards show for a discounted rate of $35 (down from the regular price of $135). These discounted tickets are in limited supply, so email staff@magazine-awards.com to reserve yours today.

CMG Freelance has a free gala ticket to give away to one of our members. If you’d like to be entered in a draw to win the ticket, email freelance@cmg.ca

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CMG Freelance compiling a freelance contract tips sheet

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 (or read but not signed) a contract for the place you’re hoping to work for.

Let’s work together to find out where the good, bad, and ugly contracts are. The Canadian Media Guild is embarking on a new mission to do just this.

So, bring us your contracts! Send them to CMG Freelance branch president Don Genova at freelance@cmg.ca. Your name and identifying details will be redacted, and your contributions will help the CMG develop a tip sheet for members so that we’re all better informed about indemnity clauses and contract literacy. Watch this space for more details.

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:19 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Events for freelancers in Halifax May 3

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. at Dalhousie University Club Great Hall (1 Alumni Crescent). Speakers at the event include journalist Sandra Phinney, who will talk about expanding your portfolio and increasing your income, and journalist and Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch president Don Genova, who will talk about the increasing need to know your contracts and know your worth. This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Please register for a spot at this Eventbrite page.

Later that same day, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., there’s a free media mixer planned at The Auction House (1726 Argyle Street) that will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues and meet mentors.

Mentors for the evening event include Michael MacDonald (Canadian Press), Allison Saunders (The Coast Halifax), Alexander Quon (freelance journalist), Jacob Boon (The Coast Halifax), Priya Sam (CTV Atlantic), Haley Ryan (Metro Halifax), Andrew Pinsent (News 97.5 Halifax), Maureen Googoo (), Stephen Brake (), Allan April (CTV Atlantic), and Jerri Southcott (CBC Halifax). Free snacks and drinks will be available. For more information or to register for this event check out this Eventbrite page.

Both of these events are hosted by CMG Freelance and CWA Associate Members.

 

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:02 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 19-24

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Urban Worker Skillshare April 29 in Toronto: 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…
  • Media Mixer in Toronto April 25: Toronto freelancers, students and media workers, come out for an evening of networking to talk about myths, facts and tips for navigating the media industry…

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 24, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Urban Worker Skillshare April 29 in Toronto

conference.share.squareIf 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 (951 Carlaw Avenue). It’s an opportunity for freelancers to get together, network and share resources.

There will be lawyers, accountants and other experts leading sessions on the business side of self-employment, including seminars on taxes, setting rates, writing contracts, invoicing, getting paid on time and more.

There will also be some discussion of the big picture issues we’re facing – like access to affordable housing, benefits, childcare and income security and what we can do to make change.

Participants will leave with a package that includes contract templates, resources useful to freelancers and swag from partnering organizations.

Tickets to the daytime event are being offered on a sliding scale: $20, $50 or pay-what-you-can. For details and to register for the event check out this Eventbrite page.

CMG Freelance has a limited number of free tickets to give away for this event. If you’d like one of them, you can email Don Genova at freelance@cmg.ca for a promo code. Priority will be given to CMG Freelance and CWA Canada Associate Members. Please include your CMG Freelance membership number in your email.

 

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Media Mixer in Toronto April 25th

Toronto freelancers, students and media workers, come out for an evening of networking and information on April 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Watson’s (388 Richmond St W).

This is a free event hosted by CMG Freelance, CWA Canada Associate Members and the Fairness in Factual TV campaign to explore the subject “Freelancer or Employee? Myths, Facts and Tips for Navigating the Media Industry.”  

Speakers will include Denise O’Connell, a Toronto-based journalist, writer and producer and Tassia Poynter, an employment and labour lawyer. They will share their experience and expert advice on how to navigate the media industry as both freelancers and employees. There will be a Q&A session and plenty of time for conversation and networking.

Free snacks and drinks will be provided. Freelancers, Factual TV workers, digital media workers, students, and aspiring journalists are all welcome.

Please RSVP for the event at this Eventbrite page.

This venue is wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 11-18

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?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Freelance Skillshare and community building opportunities: Considering the freelance route, jumping from the nine-to-five into the freedom of midnight keyboard sessions in your PJs? Terrified but excited, and not sure where to go for information? While there are a lot of resources out there, they’re mostly online with very little of the personal touch…
  • Access Copyright Payback claim period open until May 31: The 2017 Access Copyright Payback claim period is open from April 1st to May 31. If you’re a writer or visual artist who was affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2016, now is the time to submit a claim for this year’s payment…
  • Media Mixer in Ottawa April 20: Ottawa media workers, students and freelancers: mark your calendars for an exciting evening of mentorship and networking. You’re invited to a media mixer on April 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clocktower Brew Pub…

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 18, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelance Skillshare and Community Building Opportunities

by Amanda Maxwell

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Urban Worker Project co-founder Andrew Cash speaks at the Vancouver Skillshare event. Photo by Don Genova

Considering the freelance route, jumping from the nine-to-five into the freedom of midnight keyboard sessions in your PJs? Terrified but excited, and not sure where to go for information?

While there are a lot of resources out there, they’re mostly online with very little of the personal touch.

If you don’t know many freelancers, events such as the recent Urban Worker Project Skillshare workshop in Vancouver  at Creative Coworkers co-working space in Railtown can give you a taste of what freelancing is really like.

In addition to sessions on taxation, financing and software tools, attendees also learned about insurance options for self-employed workers and the networking potential in co-working spaces for collaborative projects. Small group roundtable sessions with industry experts ensured that everybody had a voice. This was definitely the place to ask those burning questions.

How do I choose project management, financial and CRM (customer relationship management) tools for a freelance life?

At the start, it’s easy to rush headlong into a disorganized mess. Rachel Flood from Alignment Ops recommends using tools that streamline data management into a one-time entry that propagates through different cloud-based tools. You can save time on project management, time tracking, invoicing and client wrangling by choosing platforms that talk to each other.
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Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Access Copyright Payback claim period open until May 31

The 2017 Access Copyright Payback claim period is open from April 1st to May 31. If you’re a writer or visual artist who was affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2016, now is the time to submit a claim for this year’s payment.

The eligible publication years for the 2017 Payback claim are 1996 to 2015. Written and visual work published during this period in books, magazines, journals and/or newspapers is eligible.

If you’re not yet registered with Access Copyright and you have written or visual work that fits the claim criteria, now might be a good time to register so that you’re ready for next year’s claim period.

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

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

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Media mixer in Ottawa on April 20

Ottawa media workers, students and freelancers: mark your calendars for an exciting evening of mentorship and networking. You’re invited to a media mixer on April 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clocktower Brew Pub (200 Elgin Street).

CWA Canada associate members is hosting this event to give media workers a chance to make connections with peers and mentors, discuss career paths and the changing nature of media work and learn about some of the intern advocacy work being done at CWA Canada.

Mentors for the evening include Jon Wiling (Ottawa City Hall reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun), Michelle Zilio (parliamentary reporter for the Globe and Mail), Evan Przesiecki (Narcity Canada), Ryan Tumilty (Metro News Ottawa), JP Davidson (podcast producer and radio journalist), Vassy Kapelos (Global News and Global National Ottawa Bureau Chief), and Katie Simpson (CBC News).

Everyone’s welcome and snacks and drink tickets will be provided.

Entry to this event is completely free, though there will be a tip jar at the door to the venue to accept donations. Any and all contributions will be donated to the Halifax Typographical Union, a local of CWA Canada whose members at the Chronicle Herald have been on strike for over 400 days.

For full details about this event and to register for your ticket, check out this Eventbrite page.

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,