‘Advice’

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #26 — Arno Kopecky

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.    Arno Kopecky won the 2015 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for his article Title Fight, which ran in the Walrus last summer. The Vancouver-based writer has had his work published in Maclean’s, the Globe and […]

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Having a Business Mailing Address

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. It was late one night when a loud hammering on my front door interrupted an enjoyably quiet summer evening. Upon opening my door I was […]

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Tricks of the trade: clever tips for finding stories at conferences

by Lesley Evans Ogden   How do you nab great stories at conferences? That’s a question I’ve been toying with a lot lately, because in late December 2015, I had the opportunity to attend The Society For Marine Mammalogy Conference in San Francisco. There, I was one of 14 COMPASS Journalist Fellows scouring the scene […]

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Internet ate my homework. (Or: How to save your published web work)

by Lesley Evans Ogden   When you were a kid in grade school you probably became familiar with the worst excuse ever for losing your homework: the dog ate it. These days, it’s probably not the dog you need to look out for. At some point you’ll likely fall prey to gobbling up of another […]

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer Says All I Want for Christmas… Is a USB Microphone

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.   Tis the season of giving and getting.  So I could not be given a better opportunity to look into what I would really like […]

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #25 — Frances Bula

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.   Frances Bula knows Vancouver. She covers the city’s wide-ranging urban issues — from drug addiction and prostitution to property development and transportation — for publishers such as the Globe and Mail and Vancouver Magazine. […]

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Content Marketing Needn’t Be an Ethical Quandary for Canadian Freelancers

by Miranda Miller In my last column, we looked at “following the money;” at the need for Canadian freelancers who want to continue writing and editing as a career to consider new types of clients. The trend towards brands as publishers, coupled with the near-universal gutting of mainstream media writing budgets and the devaluation of […]

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: 

5 Snapshot Tips from a Master Photographer

by Don Genova   The digital age has made taking a photo almost as easy as taking a breath. We shoot from our phones, our tablets, our webcams, and yes, sometimes we even use an actual camera. But freelance journalists and photographers need to produce photos that sell, photos that stand out from the other […]

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Journey to a Balanced Freelance Life

by Rebecca Hass Working as a freelancer requires a rare combination of skills. At the top of the list has to be flexibility. Freelancers need to have the unique ability to dance with the uncertainty of what work will show up and when. Often a freelancer will find himself or herself in the land of […]

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 11:50 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Merits of Routine

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.   I’ve been told so many times that I must have such great self-discipline (as a freelancer) that I’m beginning to believe it myself. And I […]

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,