‘Advice’

The Born Freelancer on the Sanctity of Deadlines

Also: R.I.P. Sam Levene & Keith Maskell 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. Douglas Adams, the late great British author of the SF humour classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the […]

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Is there a link between running and writing? Some experts think so

by Christine Blanchette About two weeks ago, I sat in front of my computer screen, feeling frazzled, my heart pounding. I was stressed – trying to meet a tight deadline for a fitness piece due that day. There was no time to waste, not even to make a cup of coffee. But I just couldn’t […]

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

Pain and possibilities abound for journalists in the digital age

NASH 79 features several female journalists sharing stories of abuse on social media By Steve Cornwell As the print-heavy side of newspaper industry continues to shed jobs and shut down newsrooms, conversations about how journalism will look and survive in an increasingly digital age are thriving. At the Canadian University Press’s national student journalism conference […]

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off the Page, with Richard Kelly Kemick

Off the Page is a regular interview series featuring National Magazine Award winners. Recently we caught up with Richard Kelly Kemick, who was nominated for 2 National Magazine Awards in 2016–winning the Gold Medal in One of a Kind for his story “Playing God” (The Walrus), a reflection on his singular obsession with building Christmas villages. […]

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer Reaches 100

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. Today marks my 100th post. This may not seem like anything special to you but I can clearly remember finishing my very first post […]

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

The Freelancer’s Guide to Content Marketing

By Steven Threndyle Chances are, you didn’t become a freelancer because you wanted to learn how to write something called “native advertising.” Maybe you’re a graduate from a journalism school, or you’ve honed your freelance career by pitching, researching, and writing stories for magazines such as The Walrus, Canadian Business, or Toronto Life. But A-list […]

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Five Key Steps to Finishing a Freelance Project

by Rebecca Hass Working as freelancers, we often feel that once we have a job the hard part is done. But in the roller coaster emotional ride of our work we often feel insecure about what we have created, overwhelmed by what we have to get done on a deadline and, eventually, burnt out. How to […]

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #33 — J.B. MacKinnon

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.     J.B. MacKinnon is an independent journalist whose books include The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World. He has written for such magazines as The New Yorker […]

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Getting an Agent

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. One of the questions I hear most frequently is “Do I need an agent?” and if so, “How do I find a good one?” […]

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

Breaking bad freelance habits

by Rebecca Hass Bad habits. That’s what’s holding you back. If you could just develop better habits, you’d finally be creating the career you want as a freelancer. Procrastinating no more. Without those bad habits, you’d be getting things done ahead of time, well researched, and beautifully turned out with time to spare. You know […]

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