Archive for August, 2012

The Born Freelancer on basic recording on a budget 101 – Part 1

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.   Over a year ago in my very first post for you I discussed the gear I use for recording phone interviews. What I meant to write […]

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

How to pitch interactive projects to the NFB

Diversification is without a doubt one of the keys to freelancing successfully. And although opportunities in traditional media seem to be on the decline lately, publishing innovations and new media present writers with exciting new possibilities. The trick is knowing where to find them. I stumbled across one recently and set out to get you the low-down […]

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 7:27 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Journalist bursaries and fellowships

Heads up, Story Board readers: a couple of opportunities for journalists have crossed my desk over the past couple of days. Applications for Forum Freelance Fund bursaries are due at the end of this week, August 31st. These bursaries of $2500 and $1000 help Canadian independent journalists attend hazardous environment training courses in the U.S. and Britain. […]

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 8:47 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 21-27 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: Rogers Communications to acquire Score Media [Globe and Mail] Random House launches online magazine Hazlitt [Masthead] Postmedia implements paywalls on four newspapers’ websites [J-Source] Masthead revenue ranking […]

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 14-20 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: Postmedia finds new home in downtown Toronto [J-Source] Mark your calendars: Publishing World, Nov. 17-19, Toronto [Masthead] Canada still outshining U.S. at newsstand: PBAA speakers [Masthead] Little […]

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 8:06 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #2 – Andrew Clark

In this regular 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 hate to say it, I’m usually on deadline so I’m […]

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 8:02 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The Reluctant Editor’s social media code of conduct

What happens when a freelance writer switches teams? This post from a Canadian freelance writer-cum-editor explores some of the challenges of sitting in the editor’s chair. Writers, take heed: this valuable insider info may help smooth the way with the editors in your life.   The great connector If you’re a writer, journalist, critic, or […]

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 8:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 8-13 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: Homolka e-book a publishing breakthrough [Toronto Star] Journalists sans j-school [J-Source] Melanie Coulson’s open cover letter for the Sun News Network job [J-Source] From the U.S. and […]

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 8:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Reselling: how to increase your freelance mileage

Story Board recently had a request from a reader for a post on the etiquette of reselling stories in the digital age. It’s a golden question for freelancers, isn’t it? How do you take something you’ve already written and squeeze a few more dollars out of it? I checked in with a few Canadian writers […]

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:12 am by Rachel · 4 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

What It Feels Like To Be A Freelancer

This little video has been going around this week, striking a chord with freelancers of all stripes. The video is posted on dontgetscrewedover.com and was sponsored by Docracy, a U.S.-based site launched last year that hosts free, open-source legal documents provided by users. The site contains personal documents such as wills and rental agreements, as well […]

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:00 am by Rachel · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,