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Andree Lau on increasing diversity in reporting and the newsroom

by Hannah Daley As newsrooms across the country strive for greater diversity, HuffPost Canada editor-in-chief Andree Lau says there’s a need for a much more nuanced approach than simply “checking the boxes.” Lau spoke on January 5th at NASH, the annual Canadian student journalism conference. This year’s conference, NASH 80: Connect, was hosted by the […]

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Making New Year’s Resolutions

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. The trouble with most New Year’s resolutions is that they are almost always doomed. They are unrealistic and wholly out of character. And of […]

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

New Year’s Resolutions, Freelance Style

by Steven Threndyle Between the time the last gift is unwrapped on Christmas Day and the moment the first champagne bottle is popped on New Year’s Eve, many of us take stock of “the year that was” and set our sights on the year ahead. In order not to feel regretful when this introspective period […]

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Drawing a Line in the Sand

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Sooner or later it will happen. Every working freelancer will eventually confront employer demands so egregious, so patently unfair, that they will be forced […]

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

Reaping what you sow: Five writers talk about their websites

by Steven Threndyle For most of us, writing is a business. And if you’re a businessperson, you need some kind of online presence where, at the very minimum, you can post your published clips to prove to a prospective editor or client that you are, in fact, a professional. In today’s post, we talk to […]

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

CBC Freelance Specific Services Contracts – Good Value or a Possible Minefield?

by Don Genova Last month I went over the nuts and bolts of CBC’s Freelance Contributor Contracts. But CBC also uses other kinds of contracts with freelancers. One of those is the Freelance Specific Services contract. For a type of contract that often gets used by the CBC to hire freelancers, it sure doesn’t say […]

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer’s Musings on Muses and the Origins of Inspiration

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.  I was speaking to a visual artist the other day. I found myself guilty of asking him the same over-worked question we writers so […]

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Blogger or journalist? In Canada, defamation law applies either way

by Vanessa Hrvatin Who is a journalist, anyway? In the age of the internet, the definition is becoming less clear. In the past, journalists were considered gatekeepers of information, but today, anyone can share facts and stories online through different platforms, including blogging sites. Many freelance journalists spend time blogging about topics without necessarily worrying […]

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Crafting the “Reactive Story” — Reworking News Stories into Web Features

by Steven Threndyle If you’re as ADD as most writers I know, you probably spend a bit of your day on social media and get a significant amount of your news from what your friends are posting or tweeting. And, if you’re in story-hunting mode, (and you should always be in story hunting mode), you […]

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #35 — Geoff Dembicki

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. Geoff Dembicki got into journalism at a strange time. He graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program in 2008, when the financial crisis and other troubles were causing the folding and downsizing […]

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,