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New webinar on extended health benefits plan for freelancers

Membership in CMG Freelance gives you access to a non-profit extended health care benefits package. And there’s a new webinar on the CMG Freelance website that explains the costs and benefits of the plan. The Writers’ Coalition Program is an affordable health insurance program offered by the not-for-profit insurer AFBS. CMG Freelance members are guaranteed acceptance into the […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 16-23

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: Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier and D.B. Scott to co-host 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards [Magazine Awards] ‘Emerging Indigenous Voices’ award to counter ‘cultural […]

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2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition open for applications

Applications opened this week for the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition. The winner of the bursary receives $3000 to attend hostile environment training offered by approved course providers. The competition is open to freelance journalists and independent documentary filmmakers whose work focuses on human rights abuses. The bursary is offered by the Canadian Journalism […]

Freelance Isn’t Free Act becomes law in New York City

Yesterday was a historic day for freelancers. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which was spearheaded by the Freelancers Union during a year-long campaign last year, became law in New York City. The #FreelanceIsntFree Act started with freelancers and the institution they built. That’s the power of a union. — Sara Horowitz (@Sara_Horowitz) May 15, 2017 […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 9-15

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: Jonathan Kay has resigned as EIC of The Walrus [Canadian Magazines] Canada’s National Newspaper Awards have a diversity problem [J-Source] High-profile Canadian journalists pledge to […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer May 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: What impact will proposal to eliminate unpaid internships in federal industries have on media workers? [J-Source] Canada receives failing grades for protecting sources and […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 25-May 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: Magazine Grands Prix winners announced [Canadian Magazines] Canada Council pushes back opening of online application portal to June 5 [Canadian Magazines] Canada slips out […]

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Ticket giveaway for National Magazine Awards gala May 26 in Toronto

The 2017 National Magazine Awards nominations were announced last week and, as always, freelancers figure prominently among the nominees. And two of them are members of CMG Freelance. Congratulations to Alison Motluk, whose piece “A Journey to the Medical Netherworld” is nominated in the Personal Journalism category. And congratulations to Kalli Anderson, whose article “Cannabis Kids” is nominated […]

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CMG Freelance compiling a freelance contract tips sheet

When it comes to contracts, if you’re not sure what they mean, ask for help. Ask your colleagues. Ask the CMG. Use the ‘Lancer email list or the Story Board Facebook group to ask around for someone who has signed (or read but not signed) a contract for the place you’re hoping to work for. […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer April 19-24

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: Union, Postmedia, strike deal to mitigate job losses at Vancouver Sun and Province [J-Source] Postmedia, union reach deal saving 21 out of 54 jobs […]

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