Archive for May, 2011

Take the Canadian magazine freelancers survey

Gearing up for the NMAs this month, we thought a survey on the state of magazine freelancing in Canada was in order. It’s also a chance to take your own picks for the best work in Canadian magazines last year (see the NMAF’s list of nominees). Results of the survey will be published here on Friday, June 10, the date of the NMA gala.

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm by editor · 8 Comments · Tagged with: ,

A too-familiar story: one freelancer’s run-in with plagiarism

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but not when your work isn’t credited — or compensated. Earlier this month, freelance writer Luigi Benetton received a message from an editor who had come across one of his articles online. The only problem was that it was posted under someone else’s byline and it was […]

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm by editor · 6 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

To be or not to be (in a union), that is the question

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer will share personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. “I wouldn’t belong to any club that would have me as a member” — attributed to Groucho Marx I usually feel the […]

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Event: Creative Freelancer Conference, June 23-24, Chicago

The Creative Freelancer Conference, sponsored by HOW magazine and Marketing Mentor, is happening in Chicago on June 23 and 24. Conference attendees will get: ● expert advice on marketing and finances ● insight into the fine art of balancing your work and home life ● details on developing a viable business plan ● plus ample […]

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 11:41 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Kingston wants its above-Standard newspaper back

After years of newsroom cuts that they say have tarnished the image of their once-great local paper, Kingston residents and area journalists have had enough. Together with Communications Workers of America — Canada, they are launching a campaign to put pressure on the Kingston Whig-Standard‘s owner, Quebecor, to restore the paper to its former glory. […]

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

BC Business editor quits after publisher kills story

Matt O’Grady resigned from his editor-in-chief position at BC Business one week ago. It wasn’t one of those resignations that’s code for “got fired.” He really truly quit. According to this Vancouver Sun article, his beef with the magazine’s publisher, Peter Legge, was over a cover story for the June issue that O’Grady felt was […]

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 7:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Au revoir, Rue Frontenac?

  Rue Frontenac launched in winter 2009 as website for locked-out workers at the Journal de Montreal, offering union information on the conflict between the paper and its unionized workers that began in January 2009. The site also posts general news, offering those locked-out journalists an outlet for their work. A print edition of Rue […]

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Breaking news, and breaking even (sometimes)

By guest contributor Karen Wirsig It used to be that the capitalists who owned newspapers took care of the money and hired fleets of journalists mostly focused on covering the news. Sure, there were conflicts in this scenario. Lots of them. But it was a generally workable model for reporting to a mass audience and […]

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm by story board · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Journalists need to brush up on business knowledge, report says

Freelancers have perhaps always known more about the business of journalism than their permanently employed counterparts. But now, at least according to an extensive report from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, all journalists need to educate themselves about where their pay cheques are coming from. This story about the report in the […]

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Final decision handed down in latest Robertson class action suit

For better or worse, the ongoing series of “Robertson v. _____” cases continues. On May 2, a final decision was handed down in the case of “Robertson v. Proquest, Cedrom, Toronto Star Newspapers, Rogers and Canwest.” (This decision comes after a tentative settlement reached this January.) Heather Robertson and Kirk Baert of the firm Koskie […]

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,