‘News’

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Aug 23-29

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: If we want true images of events, we need to let photographers do their job [Globe and Mail] Exposing newsroom culture at the Toronto […]

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CBC Advises Freelancers on How to Get Paid in the Event of a Canada Post Labour Dispute

The union representing Canada Post employees issued 72-hour strike notice yesterday. As a result, there may be a disruption in postal services across Canada starting early next week. The CBC has advised us on some options aimed at making sure freelance contributors who currently receive their paycheques in the mail can make alternate arrangements. The options, […]

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Media interns: Share your experiences

Did you work a media internship this summer… or in the recent past? We’d like to hear about your experiences. Errol Salamon is a freelance writer and the work and labour editor of J-Source. He’s also the author of a series of columns on Story Board called E-Lancer Writes. For his next column, Errol is planning to […]

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Aug 16-22

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: Globe and Mail, Ryerson, UBC nominated for Online Journalism Awards [J-Source] Liberals probe unpaid internships in federal government [CBC] CWA Canada is looking for […]

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 7:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CANADALAND takes on Alberta’s notoriously slow-paying publisher

The media criticism website CANADALAND published a post this week about Venture Publishing’s habit of paying its freelancers extremely late. Edmonton writer Jay Smith spoke with a number of freelancers as well as Venture Publishing’s CEO and president Ruth Kelly about the publisher’s financial troubles. The publisher, which owns Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines and […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Aug 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: If the ‘gig economy’ is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still considered a dirty word associated with failure? [National Post] Journalists need to fight to repeal […]

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Aug 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: Public Editor: Should the Globe fix or ban online comments? [Globe and Mail] Why Postmedia is opening a digital development lab in Kitchener-Waterloo [J-Source] […]

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CWA Canada adopts Canada’s first guidelines on media internships

By Errol Salamon CWA Canada’s National Representative Council unanimously adopted Canada’s first guidelines on educational media internships at the union’s annual meeting in Calgary from April 29-30 to establish fair standards across the media industry. The CWA Canada Associate Members Steering Committee wrote the 15 internship guidelines. The union’s list of priorities includes guaranteed minimum […]

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Off The Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer July 26-Aug 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: Why demanding to publish a suicide note is callous and unethical [The Tyee] Six months on the Chronicle Herald picket line [J-Source] From The […]

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The end of local news? How hedge funds are taking over journalism

by Ranziba Nehrin, CWA Associate Member “Like a slow motion car wreck, you see it time and time again.” That’s how Emilie Rusch described the dangerous new trend of vulture hedge funds destroying local newsrooms. Rusch, a reporter at The Denver Post, spoke last week in Detroit, Michigan at the Communications Workers of America’s 2016 Next Generation Summit. […]

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