‘News’

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 2-8

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: Nominees for the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards [Alberta Magazines] Above the Fold: An inside look at the damage being done to Canada’s newspapers [The […]

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Greg Clark Award for early-career journalists

The Canadian Journalism Foundation has an award for early-career journalists and freelancers are invited to apply for it. If you’ve got between one and five years of experience in the industry, you can apply for the Greg Clark Award. The award offers the successful applicant the opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner […]

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

New Beats journalism job loss survey

Two Canadian university professors are conducting a survey that aims to find out more about what happens to journalists in Canada when they lose their jobs. Dr. Nicole Cohen and Dr. Andrea Hunter are working with a team of Australian researchers in an effort to gain insight into “the dynamics of restructuring in Canadian media.” If you’re […]

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

Students could be key in Halifax journalists’ strike

by Errol Salamon Journalism students and recent graduates are well placed to support Chronicle Herald newsroom workers in Halifax, who have been on strike since Jan. 23. They can collaborate with newspaper workers as Ontario students did during the Peterborough Examiner strike from November 1968 to April 1969. The Peterborough Newspaper Guild (now CWA Canada […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 26-Feb 1

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 problem with Postmedia [Toronto Star] Another Canadian paper went -30- today [Poynter] 149-year-old Canadian paper’s final front page is pretty much perfect  [Poynter] […]

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CMG Freelance Launches Media Card Program

The Freelance Branch of the Canadian Media Guild will now offer a media card, available to its journalist members. “We’ve heard from our members that having a media card may make it easier for them to gain access to events or interviews, and provide a ‘calling card’ that asserts they are qualified freelance journalists,” says […]

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

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 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: Chronicle Herald suspends layoff notices, says union [Toronto Star] Canada’s national fabric is paying price for depletion of journalistic resources: Hébert [Toronto Star] Op-ed: […]

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

CWA Canada Associate Members call for solidarity with Halifax journalists

by the CWA Canada Associate Member steering committee CWA Canada Associate Members are joining the Halifax Typographical Union (CWA Canada Local 30130) in calling on freelancers and student journalists to stand in solidarity with newsroom staff at The Chronicle Herald who could be on picket lines Saturday morning. Management at the daily newspaper, which gave […]

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:43 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancers, union leaders urge support for Chronicle Herald staff during labour dispute

by Rachel Sanders Sandra Phinney knows exactly how difficult it is to negotiate with the owners of the Halifax Chronicle Herald. The Yarmouth-based freelance writer was offered a harsh contract by the company several years ago. “It was all-rights-grabbing. Including moral rights. And we would be liable if a reader had sued the paper. The onus was entirely on the […]

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 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: Chronicle Herald’s newsroom union votes to strike [CBC] Toronto Star closes Vaughan printing plant, cuts newsroom jobs [Globe and Mail] Chronicle Herald staff take labour […]

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