‘Journalism’

CWA Canada releases project on media worker rights and labour reporting

by Emily Katz  Labour stories are getting lost. At least, that’s what research for the recently launched Media Works: A Labour Rights and Reporting Project has discovered. At a time when people in Canada are spending more hours than ever traveling to, thinking about, and simply being at work, this is concerning. As handbook co-writer Haseena […]

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Canadian journalism schools and the internship issue… Work for pay or pay to work?

by Sara Tatelman   “Volunteer to do something which is at least somewhat related to your expertise,” Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, urged unemployed youth in a widely criticized November 2014 speech. More often than not, following this advice would mean undertaking an unpaid internship rather than helping at a food bank, […]

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

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: , , ,