‘Journalism’

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 · 14 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: , , , ,

Chris Brookes on life as an independent radio producer

  Chris Brookes’ radio documentaries have been broadcast all over the world. From the U.S. to Europe to Australia, the work of this Newfoundland-based producer has caught the ear of international audiences and won multiple awards. In September, Brookes gave a presentation at the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Survival Seminar in Toronto. He described the [...]

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Pay the Writers (and other ideas on the potential of the Internet)

by Andrea Hoff   The Internet is not only a place of connectivity, it is also a place that is constantly morphing and changing. That is something as writers we can use to our advantage. If we can use the Internet in solidarity, we have the ability to change the current conversation. This was one [...]

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 9:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

ACJA Hosts Résumé Clinic for Young Aspiring Journalists

by Elliot Chan   Competition is stiff for most career choices and journalism is no different. So, in the same way we keep our body in contending shape by going to the gym, we must do the same for our application package. We must work out our résumé, analyze our cover letter, and develop an [...]

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 9:15 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #13 – Moira Farr

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.   1. Where are you when most of your story ideas come to you? Where do you go to brainstorm pitch ideas? MF: It’s very much related to things [...]

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #12 – Jay Somerset

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. 1. Where are you when most of your story ideas come to you? Where do you go to brainstorm pitch ideas? A lot of it happens in [...]

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:03 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Survey on contemporary journalism in Canada

Three professors and media researchers are conducting a national survey to gather information about current conditions in Canadian journalism. Professors Edward Comor and James Compton of the University of Western Ontario, along with Nicole Cohen, assistant professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, are conducting the anonymous and confidential survey to collect information that will aid in “shaping [...]

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 9:08 am by editor · 4 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancers and crowdfunding

We all know how tough a career in journalism has become over the past few years. Newspapers are in poor shape, many magazines are struggling, and CBC has been hit with budget cut after budget cut. This week, J-Source took a close look at how all of this affects freelancers, with a post on the challenges [...]

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 9:05 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,