Archive for April, 2012

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 23–29, 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: Federal scientists closely monitored during polar conference [CBC News] (via @cmgveep) Three Canadians nominated for Commonwealth Book Prize [National Post/Afterword] At CAJ’s digital news [...]

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The Born Freelancer says goodbye to CBC Radio drama

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. When this year is reviewed many significant deaths will be noted. None feel more deserving of attention today than the announced termination of [...]

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Profile of CBC’s Kirstine Stewart continues CWG’s nonfiction ebook series

All eyes are on the CBC after the federal government announced it would cut 10 per cent of its budget. It’s likely Kirstine Stewart, the broadcaster’s executive vice-president in charge of English programming, is feeling the weight of that gaze more than anyone else at the CBC. In a story that first appeared in Toronto [...]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 16–22, 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: Amateur sports mourns death of veteran Toronto Star reporter Randy Starkman [Yahoo Canada/Canadian Press] Government, private media take their shots at CBC [Canadian Media [...]

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Steve Buttry to newsroom curmudgeons: Cut it out

Do you find yourself cursing the sad state of journalism today, wondering why people waste time with Twitter, or proclaiming End Times when journalism schools cut courses on spelling and grammar? Probably not, if you’re reading posts here (at least not the social media part). But if you haven’t seen it yet — and whether [...]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 9–15, 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: Publishers “blindsided” by 25 per cent increase in Indigo co-op fees [Quill & Quire blog] CBC’s bet on satellite radio could pay dividends [Globe [...]

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Domestic bliss? The Born Freelancer on the merits (and pitfalls) of working at home

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. Several posts ago I wrote about the pains and pleasures of having your own out-of-home office (and how to find one). This time [...]

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 9:38 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

How will the CBC cuts affect you?

The news that the CBC would lose 10 per cent of its budget — $115 million over three years — was worrying to both CBC employees and the millions of Canadians who watch, listen and read what it produces. But now we know who will feel those cuts most acutely. The details of the CBC [...]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 2–April 8, 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: Metro brings its battle for readers to Saskatchewan [Globe & Mail] Google lets publishers avoid paywalls with pay for microsurveys [Canadian Magazines] Metered pay [...]

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Event: Fundraiser for Toronto writer Derek McCormack

Re-posted with permission from the fundraiser’s organizers Please join us on Tuesday, April 10, for an evening of music and merriment to raise funds for Derek McCormack. Featuring performances by: Howard Akler April Dick (feat. Tony Burgess and Chuck Baker) Matthew Barber Jason Collett Joey Comeau Claudia Dey The Cast of Haunted Hillbilly Sheila Heti [...]

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