Archive for September, 2012

The Margaret Wente controversy

It’s been a week since the start of a social media storm over accusations of plagiarism against Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente. The controversy began with a post on the blog Media Culpa on September 18th. In it, Ottawa artist and blogger Carol Wainio drew attention to a 2009 column by Wente that she says [...]

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:54 am by story board · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on how to get a great sounding interview – Part 2

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. Yesterday I began my series of tips to give you better sounding recorded interviews. Today I continue the topic, covering what I think is one of [...]

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 8:30 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on how to get a great sounding interview – 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.   Recently I shared my thoughts with you on the most cost-efficient technology available today to record an interview. Whether for broadcast or for reference in the creation [...]

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 8:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer September 18-24

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: Journalist Henry Champ dies at 75 [CBC] Globe and Mail, or Cut and Paste? [Macleans] (via @inklessPW) David Carr: High priest of journalism’s existential angst [Toronto Star] (via @FlyontheWall_ca) [...]

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:10 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Will Work For Exposure conference for freelancers

There’s a conference on the horizon just for us, fellow Canadian freelancers. Will Work For Exposure: Culture Work in Precarious Times is a one-day event organized by Ryerson’s Centre for Labour Management Relations along with members of the Canadian Media Guild and ACTRA. The event, scheduled for October 19 at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management, will explore a variety of [...]

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 8:54 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Coworking for freelance writers

Freelance writing can be lonely. Just you and your laptop adrift upon a sea of words all day long… It’s easy to lose focus. And it can get depressing, too. That lonesome freelance feeling is what led to the rise of coworking. A trend that started in San Francisco in 2005, coworking offers freelancers a community-minded [...]

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 8:30 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer September 11-17 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: David Carr on newspapers, Twitter and citizen journalism [GigaOM] (via @mathewi) CIC-Walrus International long-form competition accepting entries [J-Source] The Walrus Foundation has built a new online portal [Canadian [...]

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 8:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Author Guy Lawson talks freelancing in the U.S.

Guy Lawson says he’s “finally now ready to be a writer.” It sounds strange coming from a man who’s been published by Harper’s magazine and has been on contract with GQ and Rolling Stone. But now, with a new book underway, Lawson now feels he’s achieved enough success to settle into the role. Born in Canada, Lawson [...]

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 10:23 am by Rachel · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer September 5-10 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: CRTC hearings on Bell Media deal drama worth watching [The Globe and Mail] (via @sladurantaye) Magazine finalists named in Jack Webster Awards for BC journalism [Canadian Mags] [...]

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on basic recording on a budget 101 – Part 3

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 the past week, I’ve covered recording software and how to get sound into your computer.   WHAT IF MY COMPUTER DOESN’T HAVE AN ANALOGUE SOUND [...]

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 8:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,