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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #37 — Leanne Allen

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian freelancers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.    Leanne Allen is an award-winning producer, photographer and actor based in Victoria. She produces a television program called Culture Vulture TV, which explores the arts, entertainment, lifestyle and food in […]

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 10:23 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Asks, Do We Dare Ever Take a Holiday?

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. Aside from asking what should I charge, it is probably the question I hear the most often (especially around this time of year) from novice […]

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Media lawyer advises freelancers to beware of indemnity clauses

As indemnification clauses continue to appear in freelance contracts, one media lawyer advises freelancers to be careful what they sign. Daniel Burnett, with Vancouver’s Owen Bird Law Corporation, said the potential consequences of indemnifying a publication against expenses that might arise from a defamation lawsuit could be devastating. “Indemnity for a possible lawsuit that might […]

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Travel writing tips from writer and editor Jennifer Bain

by Monte Stewart Jennifer Bain was a travel editor at The Toronto Star before she took a buyout in April. She is currently freelancing as a travel writer and completing a master of fine arts degree in creative non-fiction. In this Q&A, she discusses some of her experiences as a freelance writer and travel section editor […]

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 10:01 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #36 — Sharon J. Riley

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. Sharon J. Riley got her start in journalism as an intern at Harper’s magazine. Researching and fact checking for the publication gave her a foundation in journalism from which to […]

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer attends a CBC info session hosted by Field and Post

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 scene: A downtown Vancouver conference centre during a rainy Friday afternoon early last month. Two hundred or so independent writers and producers are attending […]

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

I sat through a defamation trial. Here’s what I learned.

by Alison Motluk Like many journalists, I live in fear of being sued. I pray that being accurate and fair and unmalicious will be enough. Just in case it isn’t, I make sure never to indemnify any publication I write for. Still, what I learned from observing a defamation trial in Toronto this spring shook […]

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 8:57 pm by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

A Tricky Transition: Can Good Writers Become Competent Editors?

by Steven Threndyle Veteran freelance writers exhausted by the endless cycles of feast or famine often reach a point in their career where they fantasize, “I want one of those cush editing jobs!” And why not? The most prestigious editors sit atop the magazine pyramid as creative overseers. Like chief executive officers who hop from […]

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Systematic Editing for the Uncomfortable / Nervous / Reluctant / Insecure Editor

by Amanda Maxwell  Editing a piece of work isn’t my favourite occupation. If it’s my own, then word blindness and over-familiarity settles in. If it’s for someone else, then I panic about changing their voice. Most of the time I sort-of know when something’s not right, but not always how to fix it. And this […]

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Asks: Are We Notoriously Lazy?

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 accusation took me completely by surprise. I was once in casual discussions with an industry insider about the conditions under which we might […]

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,