‘Bit of fun’

The Born Freelancer on Classic “Media” Movies

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.   Over the years I think certain classic entertainment movies about media have had as much impact on my life’s decision to work in media and as [...]

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Should I Work For Free?

  There’s been a lot of talk this month about whether  – and under what circumstances — a freelancer should agree to work for free. The online debate was sparked by journalist Nate Thayer’s blog post about being asked to repurpose a previously-published article for use by the Atlantic… without any compensation. It seemed as though everyone was [...]

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #1 – Colleen Kimmett

In this new 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.   1. Where are you when most of your story ideas come to you?  I would say usually I’m out and about: at a party [...]

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:51 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

What was in reporters’ pockets in 1920, according to Ernest Hemingway

This week the Toronto Star launched a micro-site dedicated to a reporter who wrote for them nearly a century ago. His name was Ernest Hemingway. Maybe you’ve heard of him? The Hemingway Papers includes contemporary reports about Hemingway’s time at the Star — including how it shaped his writing style and what he thought of [...]

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Fun, retro-style video from CMG drives home reasons to join a union

For those not yet convinced, this video commissioned by the Canadian Media Guild/CWA Canada cheekily illustrates a few good reasons to join a union. Produced by MyFilm Productions, with music by Incompetech, the narrative centres on “Jenny,” who is excited to start her new job, only to discover that she was hired to replace a [...]

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

2011, in errors

Craig Silverman of Regret the Error, a blog that Poynter recently acquired, has published his annual roundup of notable media errors. It provides many reminders about the importance of careful reporting and editing, as well as laughs (with a dash of schadenfreude). Taking the prize for typo of the year is the “Osama/Obama” mixup, which [...]

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Count coffee as a food group? Yep, you’re a journalist

Your Monday laugh comes courtesy of Chris Ortiz, creator/editor of Stuff Journalists Like. While judges in Oregon might disagree with his 20-item “Checklist for being a ‘real’ journalist,” we think it hits the nail on the head. Some of our favourite “signs”: Corrected a loved one’s grammar in a greeting card Forgotten what it’s like [...]

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:28 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Do you whistle while you work?

One of the perks of working from home is having more control over your work environment. Sure, there may be other people sharing your space, and the next-door neighbour’s barking dog might be a bother from time to time, but for the most part, you are the master of your work space. Want to work [...]

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 10:59 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

In praise of praise

Working independently has its benefits, but consistently receiving encouragement and thanks is not one of them. Editors don’t always take—or have—the time to give positive feedback and, when dealing with freelancers, some employers think putting a cheque in the mail is praise enough. Some days, it isn’t. “Is there an app for that? No, but [...]

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:18 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Writers and Editors Voice Support for Occupy Movement

OccupyWriters.com is providing a platform for authors and editors who want to lend their names, and their work, to the Occupy Movement. As of today, more than 900 names are listed on the site under the statement: “We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement [...]

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,