Archive for November, 2011

Forget about 15 minutes—Canadian visual artists want their five per cent

Imagine if, to sell your writing or other media work, you had to give up all re-sale rights, knowing full well that the person you were selling it to would earn far more than you had because of their access to a wider market. If what you’re producing is one-of-a-kind, nearly impossible to re-create, and [...]

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Do you whistle while you work?

One of the perks of working from home is having more control over your work environment. Sure, there may be other people sharing your space, and the next-door neighbour’s barking dog might be a bother from time to time, but for the most part, you are the master of your work space. Want to work [...]

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 10:59 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Gifts that keep on giving: the Born Freelancer’s tips on testimonials

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. I was looking at some impressive freelancer websites the other day and noticed a common element on the sites that were the most [...]

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 11:53 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Bloggers get their day (and some cash, too)

Blogging can be a thankless task. Depending on what your blog is about, finding an audience can be hard, and keeping them engaged is a lot of work. But some writers manage to start something great, attracting healthy traffic and building their own online community, one blog post at a time. Some make a bit [...]

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

What do digital locks mean for you and your work?

Michael Geist is writing a series of posts called The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter. Beginning October 3 and right up to today, Geist is presenting the arguments that various organizations have made publicly against the idea of digital locks, which Bill C-11 would protect, making it illegal for Canadians to circumvent them. (More background on [...]

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A trove of opportunities, courtesy of the NMAF

While it gets harder and harder to make a living as a journalist, as jobs disappear and more people vie for paid freelance gigs, awards and contests that offer a professional and financial boost are more important than ever. Keeping track of all the deadlines and finding new opportunities takes time, though. So thanks are [...]

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 9:36 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

PWAC Toronto’s Alternate Revenue Streams panel, Storified

What you missed at last night’s professional development event.

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Why I wrote for the Huffington Post (and why I stopped)

By Emma Woolley The Huffington Post is evil, right? It makes a lot of money from content it doesn’t pay for. It exploits writers and undermines their right to earn livings. It contributes to the overall devaluation of writing and especially web writing. I knew all of this and I still wrote for the Huffington [...]

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

In praise of praise

Working independently has its benefits, but consistently receiving encouragement and thanks is not one of them. Editors don’t always take—or have—the time to give positive feedback and, when dealing with freelancers, some employers think putting a cheque in the mail is praise enough. Some days, it isn’t. “Is there an app for that? No, but [...]

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:18 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Jim Romenesko leaves Poynter over attribution conflict

Even if you don’t know his name, if you’re interested in the media, you’ve read Jim Romenesko’s work. For 12 years he’s written about media goings-on for Poynter.org, but last night he ended their relationship. And for good reason, say many other members of the online media.

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,