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2017 Forum Freelance Fund applications open

The Forum Freelance Fund provides bursaries for Canadian freelancers to attend dangerous environment training courses. Applications are now open for the 2017 bursary program. The fund provides bursaries of up to $2500 to Canadian freelancers. Foreign freelancers doing significant work for Canadian publications are also eligible to apply. The deadline for this annual bursary competition is April 15. Winners […]

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CMG Freelance member wins RNAO media award

CMG Freelance member Alison Motluk has won an award from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario for her story Ottawa family sues fertility doctor for use of wrong sperm — his own, which aired last November on CBC Radio’s The Current. RNAO’s annual media awards recognize outstanding journalism that contributes to a better understanding of nursing and health-care […]

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Mar 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: Free expression organizations protest charges against reporter [J-Source] Lessons from a little English newsroom [J-Source] Understanding history central to effective political coverage of Indigenous communities […]

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2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards Open for Submissions

After taking a break in 2016, the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards are back this year. Submissions for the 2017 awards opened this week. Created in 2004 in the memory of freelance writer Dave Greber, the awards are given to writers of social justice-related non-fiction. There are two awards — one for books and one for magazines. The book award […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Mar 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: Postmedia plans to lay-off 54 staff at Vancouver Sun and The Province [J-Source] Postmedia cuts non-unionized staff benefits [J-Source] Journalist Facing Criminal Charges For […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 28-Mar 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: Toronto Star Public Editor: Democracy depends on confidential sources [J-Source] Off the Page with journalist Simon Diotte [Magazine Awards] Opinion: Student journalism can help […]

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

New UK report highlights the challenges of freelancing

This post is the eleventh 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 New data confirm that the number of freelance journalists has increased across the UK since 2000 and their pay is […]

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 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: Canadian journalists can learn a lot from the US media’s Trump coverage [J-Source] Magazine freelancers say Edmonton publisher too slow to pay bills [CBC] […]

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Alberta Publishing company and CEO Ruth Kelly leave their freelance content creators shivering through the winter – Hire now; pay much, much later

Edmonton, February 22, 2017 – Venture Publishing Inc. of Edmonton and its CEO Ruth Kelly have developed a disturbing business model when it comes to paying the freelance contributors hired to create articles, photos, and illustrations for the various magazines the company produces, such as Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil, and Heroes on behalf of the […]

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 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: Canadian news consumers unaware of financial strain on the industry [J-Source] The Healthy Freelancer: Self-Care for the Self-Employed [PWAC Toronto] Canadian freelancers turn to […]

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