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CMG submits application for Vice Canada union

The Vice Canada union campaign reached an important milestone last week — the Canadian Media Guild filed for certification with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. The labour board now needs to confirm that the union has support from at least 40% of employees. After that, the board will call for a vote. Employees who haven’t yet signed a union […]

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 26-May 2

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: 2016 Emerge Media Award winners announced [J-Source] Vice Canada applies to unionize with Canadian Media Guild [CBC] What union drive at Vice Canada means […]

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Chatelaine’s call for unpaid submissions

One of our freelance union members recently brought our attention to a recent call for submissions by Chatelaine magazine. The call-out asks readers to submit full 500-word stories that have not been published elsewhere. Writers whose articles are selected will not be paid for their work. In response to Story Board’s request for comment on […]

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: ,

CMG Freelance supporting striking Chronicle Herald freelancers

On January 23rd of this year, the 61 members of the Halifax Typographical Union’s newsroom unit went on strike for a fair deal from the Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper. While the picket lines remain up, the members still wanted to tell stories, take photos, and keep Nova Scotians informed of news that matters to them. […]

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Interning at Unionized Media Companies Pays—Literally

This post is the fourth in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers.   By Errol Salamon Summer internship season is about to begin. But decently paid internships, like jobs, are hard to find. Still, internships are […]

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 19-25

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: The Globe is “looking into” new allegations of plagiarism against Margaret Wente [BuzzFeed Canada] Canadian Heritage announces major CanCon review [Globe and Mail] SABEW announces […]

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Forum Freelance Fund applications due April 30

Applications are open for the 2016 Forum Freelance Fund bursary, which provides funding for freelancers to attend dangerous environment training courses. The bursaries are worth $2500 each, and the rules and application process have been simplified this year. The deadline for this annual bursary competition is April 30th. More information and application requirements are available on the […]

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 12-18

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Strike Out: Labour disputes and shoddy reporting—is this the end of the Halifax Chronicle Herald? [The Walrus] The Winnipeg Free Press’ bet on micropayments will […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 5-11

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Media Union CWA Canada Condemns Herald Refugee Story [CWA Canada] Does serious journalism stand a chance? [J-Source] 2015 CAJ award finalists announced [J-Source] Developing from […]

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 10:12 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelance Rates Rising at CBC/Radio-Canada

The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to an across-the-board wage increase of 1.5% for 2016-17.  This increase is also applicable to all the minimum rates applicable to Freelance Contributors. The increase is effective April 1st and the new rates should be posted at cmg.ca and cmgfreelance.ca within the next couple of days. The one exception is the […]

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,