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CBC Advises Freelancers on How to Get Paid in the Event of a Canada Post Labour Dispute

There may be a disruption in postal services across Canada as soon as July 2nd, 2016 and the CBC has advised us on some options aimed at making sure freelance contributors who currently receive their paycheques in the mail can make alternate arrangements. The options, explained below, include arranging for direct deposit, having cheques sent […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 14- 20

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: Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts [CBC] OWL Magazine launches current affairs website [Masthead] Crowd-sourced map tracks what’s happening to local news outlets […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer June 7-13

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: Announcing the Winners of the 39th National Magazine Awards [Magazine Awards] National Observer goes behind paywall [J-Source] Canada Periodical Fund changing with the times [J-Source] […]

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelancers represent at the 2016 CMG convention

Last weekend media workers from across Canada came together in Toronto to discuss working conditions and the future of our industry. The biennial Canadian Media Guild convention took place on June 4th and 5th at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale. And freelancers, as always, were part of the event. CMG Freelance branch president Don Genova and a group of freelance […]

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

CMG plans to raise freelance issues at Vice Canada bargaining table

The Canadian Media Guild says the union plans to address the working conditions of freelancers and temporary workers at Vice Canada.

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 31-Jun 6

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: Talks break down as Chronicle Herald bosses tender offer worse than proposed four months ago [Rabble] CBC doubling down on digital strategy and investigative […]

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

VICE Canada employees have voted to unionize

Yesterday news broke that VICE Canada employees have voted in favour of joining the Canadian Media Guild. The labour board will soon issue a formal bargaining certificate.  The bargaining unit will include all VICE employees across the country aside from managers and salespeople. Vice freelancers are invited to share their concerns about their working conditions […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 25-30

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 Chronicle Herald union to meet with company, 4 months into strike [CBC] Postmedia Baron Godfrey’s Gobsmacking Audacity [The Tyee] Vice Canada not impacted […]

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Striking Chronicle Herald Workers “Xpress” Themselves Online in Halifax News Rivalry

  This post is the fifth 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 Striking newsroom workers of the Chronicle Herald relaunched their free news site, LocalXpress.ca, as a non-profit organization on […]

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

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 17-24

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: What will sustain investigative journalism? [J-Source] Media and free expression organizations apply for intervenor status in Vice court case [J-Source] Striking Halifax Chronicle journalists […]

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,