‘Advice’

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #30 — M. Jay Smith

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.    M. Jay Smith is an Edmonton-based writer of non-fiction and poetry. Her writing has been published by such outlets as Reader’s Digest, Adbusters, the Los Angeles Times, and Canadian Running […]

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Working for a (Possible) Sociopath

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 just like f***ing with your heads”. That was the undeniably truthful but totally unexpected explanation I received once upon a time from an […]

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Advice on finding work and selling your skills from the Beyond Journalism panel

by Jennifer D’Agostino Last week freelance journalists came together at the Page One café to discuss life beyond journalism. The event, put on by CWA Canada and CMG Freelance, saw panelists discuss the importance, in the ever-changing media world, of using journalism skills in careers within and beyond media. Journalists were able to hear advice from a […]

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelance Business Basics

By Sandra Phinney Sometimes we get so caught up looking for markets, doing research and interviews, sending queries, or writing our stories that we fail to take care of basic business housekeeping items. The result can be everything from being disorganized and overwhelmed, to missing opportunities that can actually improve our bottom line. Here are […]

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Roberta Staley on crowdfunding, connection and independent journalism

Roberta Staley is a Vancouver-based magazine writer and documentary filmmaker. Her current film project, Mightier Than The Sword, is about about female journalists and filmmakers in Afghanistan. She is also the editor of Canadian Chemical News and the winner of the 2015 Amnesty International Canada Media Award. She took the time to speak with Story Board recently about […]

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Says Goodbye to DNTO

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.  After 22 seasons, what was once CBC Radio One’s weekend pop culture flagship show has signed off the air for the last time. 22 seasons? […]

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Copyright, libel and kill fees: Negotiating a freelancer-friendly contract

by Rachel Sanders The hottest topic of conversation for freelancers is definitely money. But freelance contracts come in a close second. That’s why we like to offer a regular refresher on the subject here on Story Board. Publishers have been adding some distinctly freelancer-unfriendly clauses to their contracts over the past few years. And with well-paid freelance writing […]

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #29 — Alison Motluk

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.    Alison Motluk is a Toronto freelance writer and broadcaster. She has written for CBC programs such as IDEAS and Quirks and Quarks as well as for publications such as the Globe […]

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Query smarts: how to increase your batting average

By Sandra Phinney I’ve heard editors say that upwards of 80 percent of the queries they receive are deleted without reading further than the end of the first paragraph. Why? It all comes down to three things: writers don’t know the readership of the magazine writers are not tuned into the content, tone and style […]

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on the Merits of Becoming an “Expert”

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 first time I was introduced in public as an expert on anything it was in front of several hundred university students when I […]

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,