Archive for March, 2012

Tune in: Radio freelancing tips from the Born Freelancer

This column 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. Today’s working freelancers need to have as many skill sets as they can comfortably manage in order to pursue their storytelling on as many platforms […]

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Canadian Writers Group launches ebook venture with Russell Smith’s Blindsided

In May last year, the Canadian Writers Group’s Derek Finkle was talking about the need for a long-form journalism platform in Canada similar to sites like Byliner and The Atavist operating in the U.S. This week, CWG launched a series of non-fiction ebooks with novelist and Globe columnist Russell Smith’s Blindsided, a story of about […]

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 19–25, 2012

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? From Canada: These American Lies: The agony and ecstasy of fact checking [The Walrus Blog] (via @timfalconer) Help us mark 50 years of Report on Business […]

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 10:45 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Settlement reached between writer Patricia Pearson and Rogers Publishing

When freelancer Patricia Pearson wrote an article called “It’s Just Nuts” for Chatelaine in 2009, she probably didn’t think a dispute that followed from that piece would end more than two year later. But late last year Pearson — with the help of legal representation from the Canadian Media Guild and support from the Canadian […]

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 10:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Study this! Even more reasons to join a union, from a librarian

You’ve seen it here before. We’re not shy about our support for unions, and whether it’s the Born Freelancer explaining why unions are boss or a fun video from the Canadian Media Guild demonstrating the sticky situations that unprotected workers find themselves in, we’re glad to share. We can write about reasons to join a […]

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 12–18, 2012

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? From Canada: Margaret Atwood: Deeper into the Twungle [NYBooks.com] (via @dylan_robertson) ‘There is nothing called freedom’ for journalists working in ethnic media [J-Source] (via @asamur) Keeping […]

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Stake your claims: More tax tips for freelancers from the Born Freelancer

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. In my last post I talked about being a freelancer and the preparation required to pay taxes. I thought I’d covered most […]

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Byliner adds fiction to its offerings—and signs Margaret Atwood

When Byliner launched last spring, it was clear that it would do great things for narrative non-fiction, alongside other new sites like The Atavist. In the intervening 10 months, the site has grown considerably and its “Byliner Originals” have consistently topped Amazon’s Kindle Singles bestseller list. Early this year it began selling short works of […]

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 5–11, 2012

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? From Canada: Toronto writer Andrew Westoll’s chimp memoir takes prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction [Toronto Star] Canada Writes poetry prize accepting submissions now to […]

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Remembering Canadian poet Irving Layton, a century after his birth

“For me, that is what literature is all about, what poetry is all about: to waken people’s consciousnesses, to make them aware of the dark abysses in their own souls.” It’s been more than six years since Irving Layton passed away at the age of 93. As the Toronto Star‘s Martin Knelman noted on Tuesday, […]

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,