Archive for October, 2012

The Born Freelancer’s guide to healthy eating – 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 two weeks I have looked at some of the ways freelancers can improve their diets in order to maintain their health and ability to […]

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer October 22-28

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: CBC to cut a further $28M from next year’s spending plans [Globe and Mail] Guild fighting to avoid more CBC/Radio-Canada programming cuts [CMG] (via @karenatcmg) The […]

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 9:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer’s guide to healthy eating — Pt 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. Last week, I started exploring the dietary pitfalls of the freelance lifestyle. Today I continue my conversation with Heather Douglas, a Registered Dietitian currently employed in-house at […]

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Experience or exploitation? Conference ramps up debate on unpaid internships

By Anqi Shen The culture sector, long known for its precarious working conditions, is shaping up to be more arduous for its workers. On October 19, a mix of students, professionals, artists and union leaders converged in Toronto to talk labour injustice at the ‘Will Work for Exposure’ conference at Ryerson University. Organized by Ryerson’s Centre […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer October 16-21

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 denies BCE’s bid to acquire Astral [CRTC] (via @jsource) Traditional sources still continue to be Canadians’ favoured way to get news [Canadian Magazines] Blogger Scott Bullock […]

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 8:30 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The good, the bad and the ugly of freelance work

Headline from today’s precarious work conference at Ryerson: freelancing for multiple clients can feel more secure than working for a single employer. That was a bright note for freelancing in the discussion so far, sounded by longtime freelancer Kim Pittaway. “Start your first job as a magazine editor and you’ll know what what true precariousness […]

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:25 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Live stream the Will Work For Exposure conference

All of the tickets have now been snapped up, but cultural and media workers across the country are invited to live stream the Will Work For Exposure conference on Friday. Will Work For Exposure: Culture Work in Precarious Times is a one-day event at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Panels and keynote talks throughout the day […]

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer’s guide to healthy eating — Pt 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. THE BIG PICTURE Without a doubt the single most important asset we freelancers possess is our good health. 9 to 5ers can take sick days off […]

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:40 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer October 10-15

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: Groups take concerns about free expression in Canada to UN [J-Source] A crash course on pitching magazines [Masthead] The PR Path: An Overview for Freelance Writers  […]

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 8:30 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelancer or employee? Which are you?

The BBC has been under fire this month for its practice of paying presenters and other contributors as freelancers. The Guardian reported yesterday that staff contracts will be offered to many of these individuals following a review of the BBC’s tax policies. The move is in response to accusations that the broadcaster has been complicit in […]

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 9:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,