‘News’

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: Kirstine Stewart leaving job as Twitter vice president [Toronto Star] How to be a faster writer [LinkedIn] We need to talk about The Walrus […]

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The Born Freelancer on Averting Deadline Disaster After Data Loss

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.  For a writer on a deadline it’s probably the worst nightmare imaginable. You have just spent hours honing your latest work. It could be the […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: Freelancers helped invent digital communications tools to build online networks [J-Source] Briarpatch surpasses fundraising goal [Masthead] Are Canadian public editors and ombuds independent enough […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 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: Postmedia announces plan to reduce $648 million debt [J-Source] Who still believes Postmedia is Canadian controlled? [The Tyee] Shrinking press galleries leave little time […]

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New monthly payment option for CMG Freelance members

Good news, CMG Freelance members: there’s now a brand new way to pay your dues. You’ve still got the option of paying the annual fee of $150. But if you’d prefer to pay on a monthly basis, you can pay $15 per month for your freelance union membership. The monthly dues option gives you access to all of the benefits […]

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

Freelancers helped invent digital communications tools to build online networks

This post is the sixth 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  Before the Internet and World Wide Web became fully commercialized in the mid-1990s, freelance writers and photographers began using […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 28-July 4

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 BBC is coming to Canada [Poynter] Global Reporting Centre, a new nonprofit, wants to tell the world’s biggest untold stories [Poynter] BBC announces […]

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Writers speak out against The Walrus’s new freelance agreement

Last fall, The Walrus’s contributor agreement came under scrutiny during what is referred to by many freelancers as “the Alex Gillis affair.” The incident – which you can read about in detail on Canadaland – led to a discussion on the Toronto Freelance Editors and Writers listserv about kill fees and “idea appropriation.” Literary agent […]

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Another freelancer alleges “idea appropriation” by The Walrus

During the past year, management at The Walrus magazine has been accused of poor treatment of staff and freelancers. This month, another freelance writer has come to Story Board with new allegations. Ontario writer Ann Silversides told Story Board that she pitched a story about a new business to The Walrus last July. The magazine told […]

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 6 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 21-27

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: Columnist’s firing at B.C.-based Chinese paper stirs press-freedom concerns [Globe and Mail] Briarpatch magazine says it is on the brink, “running on empty” [Canadian […]

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