Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 11-17

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:

  • Vancouver freelance mixer June 18: Freelancers in the Vancouver area are invited to a “say hello to summer” get together on Tuesday, June 18 at Red Racer Taphouse (871 Beatty St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m…

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 June 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Vancouver freelance mixer June 18

Freelancers in the Vancouver area are invited to a “say hello to summer” get together on Tuesday, June 18 at Red Racer Taphouse (871 Beatty St.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

CMG Freelance president Don Genova will be in town so if you have any questions about pitching, freelance contracts or other aspects of freelance life, come down for a drink and a chat.

It’s also a chance to catch up with your freelance friends and make some new ones.

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

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Webinar: Covering Provincial Politics

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UPDATE: This webinar has been postponed until fall. Stay tuned for more details in a few weeks’ time.

Provincial policy touches every part of Canadian life. Schools, hospitals and police forces rely on provincial governments for funding; employers and landlords have to follow a provincial government’s laws.

Join us for a webinar that will introduce journalism students and less experienced reporters to the basics of covering provincial politics. You’ll learn who the key players are, which areas of policy are widely covered and which get less attention, how to find information and what it’s like to be part of the press gallery covering Premier Doug Ford.

Covering Provincial Politics” is scheduled for June 18th at 6 p.m. EST (3 p.m. PST). It will be led by Emma Paling, who took on the Queen’s Park beat for HuffPost Canada in 2018 after three years as one of the site’s news editors. Emma graduated with a Combined Honours degree in journalism and history from Carleton University in 2014. 

To register for this webinar 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.

 

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 4-10

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:

  • The Born Freelancer on Workplace Injuries: I know most people don’t normally associate the phrase “workplace injuries” with the act of writing. But a non-scientific anecdotal survey among several of my freelancing colleagues recently revealed their following injuries which they definitely associate with their work…
  • Toronto game workers mixer June 10: Problems at work? Not sure what to do about it? Come out for an informal get together with colleagues in the industry. Chat with fellow game workers about what’s happening in the Toronto games industry and meet local Game Workers Unite reps to talk about how you can make your work life better…

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 June 10, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Workplace Injuries

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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I know most people don’t normally associate the phrase “workplace injuries” with the act of writing.

One non-writer friend joked, “What do you consider an injury? Packing on the pounds because you sit around all day?”

Well, yes, actually, that is a worrisome health issue. Although it is probably more of a negative lifestyle issue (lack of exercise, over-snacking, etc.) than a workplace injury.

A non-scientific anecdotal survey among several of my freelancing colleagues recently revealed their following injuries which they definitely associate with their work.

It’s my hope that by reading this their injuries won’t one day become your own.

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What it is:
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Posted on June 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Toronto: Game workers mixer June 10

If you work in the games industry in the Toronto area, you’re invited to a free mixer on Monday, June 10 at Burdock Music Hall (1184 Bloor Street West) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Problems at work? Underworked and overpaid? Not sure what to do about it? Come out for an informal get together with colleagues in the industry. Chat with fellow game workers about what’s happening in the Toronto games industry and meet local Game Workers Unite reps to talk about how you can make your work life better.

Free drinks and snacks will be provided. There will also be free copies of the 2019 GDC zine and current salary information.

This event is free to attend, but please register on this Eventbrite page. Bring your co-workers!

And for more information about Game Workers Unite, check out this website

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 28-June 3

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 Fairness in Factual spring mixer June 6: If you’re in the Toronto area and you work in factual television you’re invited to a spring mixer hosted by the Canadian Media Guild’s Fairness in Factual campaign…
  • Toronto media mixer on June 3: Toronto media workers, students and freelancers are invited to a media mixer on June 3 co-hosted by the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) and CWA Canada Associate Members. The event is a welcome party to kick off the 2019 NCRA national conference…

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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Toronto: Fairness in Factual spring mixer June 6

If you’re in the Toronto area and you work in factual television you’re invited to a spring mixer hosted by the Canadian Media Guild’s Fairness in Factual campaign.

Come out on Thursday, June 6  at Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for this informal get together. Join your factual TV colleagues for free drinks and snacks as you catch up on all the latest news in the industry!

This event is free to attend but please register on this Eventbrite page to let us know you’re planning on coming.

And if you work in the industry, you can learn more about our campaign for Fairness in Factual and sign on to join us here: www.fairnessinfactualtv.ca

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Toronto: Media mixer on June 3

Toronto media workers, students and freelancers are invited to a media mixer on June 3 co-hosted by the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) and CWA Canada Associate Members. The event is a welcome party to kick off the 2019 NCRA national conference.

Come out on Monday, June 3 at Ryerson Trans Media Zone (10 Dundas Street East) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy free snacks and drinks as you make connections with your colleagues working in the media. The event is free to attend, but please register for a ticket on this Eventbrite page.

Hope to see you there!

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 21-27

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:

  • How to know when it’s time for a refresh: Google made me do it. My website refresh has been in the back of my mind for months. I had a few changes I wanted to make, but nothing seemed urgent and the project fell off my radar…

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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