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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 12-19

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: CWA Canada releases project on media worker rights and labour reporting [J-Source] CMG members produce guide to working in factual TV [CMG] Mohamed Fahmy […]

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Forum Freelance Fund announces new bursary

The Forum Freelance Fund has added a new bursary this year. The fund, which awards bursaries to freelance journalists for hazardous environment safety training, has created the Portenier Human Rights Bursary, a bursary of up to $3000 for freelancers and independent documentary makers whose work focuses specifically on human rights abuses.  The Forum also provides a number of bursaries […]

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:08 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

New tools for freelancers

by Rachel Sanders What freelancer doesn’t love a new app or tool that promises to improve their business? I’ve run across a couple over the past few weeks. As a bonus, these ones are fun to play with. If you’re in need of new business cards, flyers or photo promo cards, Canva will help you create your […]

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 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: Star reporter Barbara Turnbull overcame debilitating injury to carve out a superlative career [Toronto Star] Western Magazine Awards seem to have been suspended [Canadian Magazines] Finding […]

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CWA Canada releases project on media worker rights and labour reporting

by Emily Katz  Labour stories are getting lost. At least, that’s what research for the recently launched Media Works: A Labour Rights and Reporting Project has discovered. At a time when people in Canada are spending more hours than ever traveling to, thinking about, and simply being at work, this is concerning. As handbook co-writer Haseena […]

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Globe and Mail urged to “pay the writers”

A small campaign has blossomed on Facebook over the past few hours as freelance writers press The Globe and Mail to pay the writers of their popular Facts & Arguments essay. In the comments section of a Facebook post celebrating the essay’s 25th anniversary writers have been complaining that the paper does not offer any compensation for accepted submissions. Toronto writer […]

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:39 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 28-May 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:  Postmedia launches new advertising division [J-Source] Global safety recommendations fail to arm freelancers with necessary supports [J-Source] Desmond Cole on writing about the skin […]

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Writer Scott Carney launches WordRates & PitchLab Kickstarter

by Rachel Sanders Scott Carney figures he’s beaten the odds and come out the other side: he’s become a successful freelance writer. What was his first clue? Everyone kept asking for his advice. “I get emails and phone calls and letters from writers around the country all the time asking for advice on how to negotiate contracts or how […]

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 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: Press Council investigates complaint against journalists blocking reader on Twitter [J-Source] BuzzFeed hires author of award-winning book on journalistic errors to head Canadian team […]

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CWA Canada Votes to Protect Interns

by Kayla Perry At CWA Canada’s National Representative Council (NRC) meeting on April 17, voting members unanimously agreed to endorse two documents, both of which aim to protect media interns in the workplace. The first document presented to the NRC by the CWA Canada Associate Member Steering Committee was a policy statement on the equitable […]

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,