‘News’

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 26-Sept 2

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:  John Macfarlane dishes on the stories behind his storied career [Globe and Mail] (via @Canadianmags) 11 mistakes to avoid as a newbie journalist [...]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 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:  The Tyee goes national, putting a full-time investigative reporter in Ottawa [Canadian Magazines] Newspapers Canada reveals proposal for a national press council [J-Source] [...]

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Apparent execution of journalist James Foley a terrible reminder of the risks freelancers take

News outlets are reporting today on the apparent death of American freelance journalist James Foley. Foley, who had been reporting on the Middle East for such outlets as Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost, was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. Yesterday, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants posted a video online that appears to show Foley’s execution. In the [...]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 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:  With jobs for life dead, today’s workers forced to be flexible [Globe and Mail] Bell Canada cancels massive unpaid-internship program [Toronto Star]  Magazine [...]

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Working Journalists aims to improve conditions for Chicago-area freelancers

by Rachel Sanders Rob Dicker felt totally secure in his position as staff photographer with Pioneer Press. He had skills, seniority and a great relationship with his manager. So it came as a total shock when he was called into a meeting in May 2013 by his newspaper’s corporate owner, Sun-Times Media. The company laid off its entire [...]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer August 6-11

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:  A moment of silence for CBC in Thunder Bay [J-Source] AAM releases Canadian magazine stats for first half of 2014 [Masthead] Canadian magazine [...]

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Class action suit by freelancers against the Montreal Gazette is in wrap-up stages

A class action lawsuit launched by freelancers against the Montreal Gazette is in its final stages. The lawsuit, which began to take shape in 1997 and first went to court in 2008, alleged that the Gazette had been reproducing freelancers’ work electronically for years without consent or compensation. An organization called the Electronic Rights Defense Committee pursued [...]

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · 6 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Coalition lobbying for insurance subsidy for freelancers

The Canadian Media Guild has joined with a coalition of artists’ associations to lobby the federal government for funding for a program that would offer self-employed arts and cultural workers a subsidy on extended health insurance. Staff rep Keith Maskell told Story Board this week that the Canadian Media Guild is proud to be a member of the [...]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 29-August 5

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:  No more waffling, big Canadian media [Craig Silverman] Despite print advertising woes, Torstar profit rises slightly [Globe and Mail] (via @jembradshaw) Magazine Project [...]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 21-28

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:  Does Heather Conway have what it takes to save the CBC? [Globe and Mail] Why are grants funding freelancers so vital? [J-Source] Independent magazine [...]

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