‘Journalism’

Connect the Docs offers unique online tools for documentary filmmakers

by Luigi Benetton The Victoria documentary film community gathered on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss and watch clips from the upcoming doc Election Day in Canada. The screening happened in other locations simultaneously thanks to everyday tools – streaming video, social networks and the Open Cinema site – that helped remote viewers participate in this […]

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Peter Smoczynski on independent filmmaking, risk, and the value of a freelancers’ union

by Rachel Sanders   Peter Smoczynski says that joining the Canadian Media Guild’s freelance branch was a turning point in the production of his latest film. “I didn’t feel I was alone anymore,” he says. Although the Ottawa-based filmmaker has spent the majority of his 40-year career working independently, it was a relief to have […]

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 10:38 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Desmond Cole on crowdfunding to get to Ferguson

by Rachel Sanders Desmond Cole is a Toronto freelancer and political commentator who writes about policing, race and social justice for a variety of media outlets. When the grand jury decision came down in Ferguson, Missouri last Monday, he felt compelled to go there in search of the stories that weren’t being told. As a freelancer, however, his precarious financial […]

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Alternative Funding Models for Independent Media

by Christian Deo   Canadian independent media organizations face a critical question in light of the economic difficulties currently confronting all forms of media: ‘is independent media financially viable and sustainable?’ This was the focus of a panel discussion called Financial Models of Independent Media that was hosted by CWA – Canada at the Peoples’ Social Forum in Ottawa during […]

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancer Stephen Leahy on crowdfunding his environmental journalism

by Rachel Sanders Stephen Leahy was at a conservation conference in Mexico five years ago when the dire state of freelance journalism became clear to him. After the event, he spoke with several other freelancers, all of whom had received travel awards to attend the event. Most of them had not been able to sell a single story […]

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Observations of a freelance writer/broadcaster at the NPAC Photojournalism Conference

  by Rebecca Hass While my friends and colleagues in the writing and broadcasting world were at the Toronto Canadian Media Guild conference this past May, I was in Vancouver manning a table at another media conference: The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) Photojournalism Conference. My own photographic ability is limited to birthdays and holidays with […]

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Sara Steffens on the challenges and benefits of freelance organizing

by Rachel Sanders The world, it seems, is going freelance. With traditional media in a state of massive restructuring, there are more independent media workers than ever before. Freelance unions (such as our own CMG Freelance) are growing and expanding to provide advocacy and support to the growing freelance ranks. Sara Steffens has been on the front line of […]

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:21 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The Unpaid Internship Conspiracy

Why Toronto Life’s first intern backs the Ontario labour ministry in shutting down the magazine’s twenty-one-year-old internship program and others that don’t pay   by Derek Finkle I won’t lie: when John Macfarlane called me in May of 1993 and offered me a four-month internship at Toronto Life, the magazine he then edited, I was overcome. I […]

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:15 am by editor · 17 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Finding your online writing niche

by Andrea Hoff What kind of writing is best suited to online publishing? According to Bethany Blanchard—a freelance writer, editor, and critic based in Melbourne, Australia— how you frame your online writing is as important as what you publish. Should you start your own blog or publish in an existing journal? What media and platforms should […]

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancing on The Hill: a Q&A with Justin Ling

by Rachel Sanders There aren’t many freelancers who do what Justin Ling does. The Ottawa-based journalist spends his days in the Press Gallery covering the news coming out of Parliament Hill. He’s had his work published in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine and the Ottawa Citizen, but there are unique challenges that come with working as a freelance political […]

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,