Archive for April, 2011

Content farm spoof hits its mark

Content farming, as a web-based business model, is going through a tough time. Increased scrutiny from media critics and frustrated web users is targeting sites like Mahalo, which had to significantly decrease its staff after Google made its algorithm change, and the various online properties owned by Demand Media. Some people also include the Huffington […]

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 11:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

What can Storify do for freelancers?

In this post on tech blog GigaOM, Mathew Ingram discusses the recently launched application Storify, which gives users a simple way to collect content from their various social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc.) and turn them into a single news feed. Ingram’s post focuses on the threat that services like Storify pose to mainstream […]

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A call for federal support for writers’ and arts workers’ benefits plans

In the video above, Susan Swan, novelist, journalist, and former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, discusses the Writers’ Coalition Benefits Program, which offers affordable drug, health, and dental care insurance to writers. The Writers’ Coalition’s latest initiative, coinciding with the federal election, is a campaign to get Ottawa to commit to provide $1 […]

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

May Day event: Screenings of two silent films about labour

What better way to mark May Day this year than with two classic silent films about labour struggles? At the Revue Cinema, Silent Toronto presents Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike (1921),  to be preceded by Charlie Chaplin’s short film Work (1915); both films will feature live piano accompaniment by William O’Meara. The event is part of the […]

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Re-evaluating HuffPo’s unpaid bloggers

On his Mixed Media blog at, Jeff Bercovici offers a new angle to consider in the recent lawsuit that unpaid writers have brought against the Huffington Post and AOL. Bercovici starts off by acknowledging that, in terms of ad revenue, US$105 million is too high a value for the bloggers’ work, but he builds […]

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Just the facts: tips on identifying and fixing errors

Sure, we all “regret the error,” but how interested are we  in rooting out inaccuracies from the stories we write each day and in preventing future mistakes? Jonathan Stray, journalist and computer guy, has written a comprehensive post on his blog about accuracy and error reporting in journalism, and he offers some interesting solutions to […]

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:59 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Greek journalists — all of them — go on strike

Since the Greek government undertook austerity measures to begin to deal with its cripping debt, strikes in the country have become a regular occurrence. While we over in North America are used to the idea of work stoppages in areas like education, garbage collection, postal services, and transit, the idea of the entire country’s media […]

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 9:27 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Sun News Network: the Right stuff

Yesterday, some unsuspecting late-afternoon channel surfers were likely puzzled by the sudden appearance of the Sun News Network on their screens. It sprang into action at 5 p.m. (after a half-hour preview), just in time to greet 9-to-5ers, still angry from their long commutes home and primed for the pundits’ right-leaning rants. The long-term ratings […]

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:07 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Arianna Huffington responds to lawsuit

In a post on her own site, Arianna Huffington takes time out from “aggregating adorable kitten videos” to discuss the $105 million lawsuit that Jonathan Tasini is pursuing against the Huffington Post and AOL on behalf of 9,000 unpaid HuffPo writers. Huffington’s tone is entirely dismissive: “First, let’s look at the merits of the case,” […]

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A misguided tactic with its heart in the right place

Writer and trade unionist Jonathan Tasini has fought and won battles on behalf of freelance journalists in the past. But his lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and AOL, launched yesterday, seems as likely to alienate current supporters of unpaid Huffington Post bloggers as it does to get more people on their side. Tasini is asking for […]

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,