Archive for July, 2012

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: Saint John internet radio coming as stations strike [CBC] (via @karenatcmg) ParentsCanada magazine strikes partnership with Kids’ CBC [Masthead] Manitoba magazine Hearts of the [...]

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #1 – Colleen Kimmett

In this new feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.   1. Where are you when most of your story ideas come to you?  I would say usually I’m out and about: at a party [...]

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:51 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

Making the most of LinkedIn

With LinkedIn in the headlines over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about my own neglected LinkedIn profile with a mild sense of shame. LinkedIn has always struck me as the driest of the social networking sites. It’s all business, unlike my newsy Twitter stream and my gossip-laden Facebook feed. But I’m realizing lately that [...]

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:49 am by Rachel · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: What is Journalism? The CAJ’s ethics committee takes a stab at definition [J-Source] Laid-off contributors to Montreal Mirror start up online arts website CultMTL [...]

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Finding Karla’s Paula Todd talks ebooks and the future of journalism

Paula Todd, the author of Finding Karla,

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:38 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: Supreme Court copyright decision does not unleash a “free for all”, says Access Copyright [Canadian Mags blog] The grey area of freelancers reusing their [...]

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer asks: does spelling still count?

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. How important is correct spelling in today’s brave new world of tweeting, texting and the obsessive need to be “first with the news”? [...]

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 7:14 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Greetings from the new editor of Story Board

This is a tough time to be a freelancer. Let’s be honest: it seems like every single day there’s another discouraging report about the painful decline of traditional media. With newsroom layoffs, magazine closures, and budget cuts at CBC, paid work for writers appears to be dribbling away with increasing speed. But we should never [...]

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 7:30 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 2–8 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: Posting, tweeting and linking to copyrighted material is okay says Federal Court [J-Source] Why use LinkedIn? [luigibenetton.com] Kat Tancock’s excellent Magazines Online blog going [...]

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 8:31 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer finds a cell plan to fit their budget

This series by The Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Please add to the conversation in the comments section. One of the hardest things to learn about being a freelancer is living within a budget that fluctuates, often difficult to predict one month to the next. About a year [...]

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:41 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,