IATSE joins forces with CWA Canada in fight for better working conditions for factual / reality TV workers

TORONTO (Jan. 29, 2019) – Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions announced an
innovative partnership today to improve working conditions and organize workers in factual/reality
television.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), North America’s largest entertainment
union, is joining forces with media union CWA Canada in its Fairness in Factual TV campaign.

The campaign was launched five years ago by CWA Canada and its biggest local, the Canadian Media
Guild, in an effort to improve health and safety, and establish fairness in pay and working conditions in
the industry.

“What we’ve learned after five years of being a voice for factual TV workers is that they need and want
union contracts similar to those in the scripted TV industry but tailored to factual,” CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said. “They’re done with being treated as poor cousins. This alliance will help them improve their working lives.”

IATSE, which represents factual/reality workers in the United States and a large majority of workers in
scripted TV in Canada, brings its experience and influence to the campaign.

“Workers in factual TV need a strong, experienced voice that can represent them when they are fighting
for better working conditions,” said John Lewis, IATSE International Vice President and Director of
Canadian Affairs. “We have decades of experience representing entertainment industry workers and
understand their unique needs.”
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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 22-28

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Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #39 — Lesley Evans Ogden

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian freelancers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.

Lesley Evans Ogden is a B.C.-based science journalist whose clients include Natural History, Scientific American, BBC, Nature, and CBC. Her work can also be found here on Story Board.

She just finished her first documentary for the Nature of Things, called Stay-at-Home Animal Dads. One of her current projects is a World Conference of Science Journalism Fellowship profiling Simon Fraser University associate professor Wendy Palen.

She took the time to speak with Story Board recently about the challenges of managing multiple projects, how to keep your energy levels up, and the importance of aiming high with your pitches.

Why do you freelance? 

The primary reason is that the flexibility is something I really love. And I also love being my own boss. I can basically just follow my curiosity. Provided I can convince an editor that it’s a story that is worth writing, then I can work on anything that piques my interest.

You seem to always have a lot of different projects on the go at the same time. How do you keep track of them? 
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Post-holiday freelancer meet-up in Vancouver January 29


Vancouver-area freelancers, come and meet some colleagues for a freelancers’ social night on Tuesday January 29th at 5:30 p.m. at Red Racer Taphouse (formerly Central City Brewing at 871 Beatty St). 

CMG Freelance members and non-members are all welcome. Get away from your desk and join us for a drink and some conversation with other local freelancers.

Please RSVP this week to freelance@cmg.ca to let us know if you can make it. Hope to see you there!

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 15-21

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  • Notes from the Decent Work City conference in Seoul: I was part of a panel of speakers who hailed from such diverse locations as Vienna, Austria, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Tauranga, New Zealand. Each had a story to tell about how their cities have implemented policies aimed at creating fair workplaces…
  • Entries open for Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award: Canadian photojournalists with less than five years of experience can now apply for the tenth annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. This six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto will take place sometime between April and September 2019…

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Notes from the Decent Work City conference in Seoul

by Don Genova

Deep-fried soft-shell crab, freshly fried pork dumplings, skewers of chicken drenched in fiery hot sauce. All served within a cacophony of street food vendors shouting out their offerings in a trendy shopping district of Seoul, South Korea.

As I crunched down on my crisp crab, I considered where I had been just hours before: near the top floor of the ultra-modern design of Seoul City Hall, where my Canadian Media Guild colleague Lise Lareau and I had been asked to speak at an international forum organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on transforming cities for decent work.

Our work with freelancers and factual TV workers had garnered some attention, and our presentations at the conference in early December were designed to share our efforts in making work ‘decent’ and less precarious for the media workers we represent.

I was part of a panel of speakers who hailed from such diverse locations as Vienna, Austria, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Tauranga, New Zealand. Each had a story to tell about how their cities have implemented policies aimed at creating fair workplaces.
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Entries open for Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

Canadian photojournalists with less than five years of experience can now apply for the tenth annual Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. This six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto will take place sometime between April and September 2019.

Students, freelance photographers and photographers employed at regional or non-daily publications are all eligible to apply. The successful applicant will be paid a weekly salary of approximately $875. The winner will also be invited to attend the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 13.

You can submit your application until February 22, 2019. The winner will be selected in March. For more information about the application process, check out this page on the Canadian Journalism Foundation website.

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 8-14

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Lessons from Katie Jensen and Vicky Mochama of Vocal Fry Studios

By Cara Fox

(Twitter photo courtesy of @msangelamc)

If I’m honest, for many years the only thing that kept me from freelancing was the fact that I didn’t feel good enough. No matter how many qualified people told me I was capable, complimented my work and prodded me to keep going, it wasn’t enough to make me feel “credible.”

What I didn’t realize then was that feeling would never fully go away, even after j-school and a handful of successful gigs. In fact, there’s a name for it. It’s called imposter syndrome; the persistent inability to believe that your success is deserved and is a result of your effort or skills.

Last weekend, Katie Jensen and Vicky Mochama spoke about imposter syndrome at the annual Canadian University Press conference, NASH81: Refine.

Founders of Vocal Fry Studios, a Toronto-based podcasting hub that produces media created by under-represented groups, Jensen and Mochama delivered a powerful message to emerging journalists on how to overcome imposter syndrome and forge a rewarding career path in new media.

The Media Doesn’t Reflect Us

“Journalism is like any other industry,” announced Mochama, addressing the gala hall full of eager student journalists at the Hotel Arts in Calgary, AB. “It’s moving forward without being aware of how it’s holding people back.”
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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 31-Jan 7

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  • New Years Resolution #1 — Take Care of Yourself First: Those with chronic illness or pain don’t have a choice: they have to try and be as healthy as possible every day. So what’s the best way to manage your health while keeping your freelance career on track?…
  • The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #38 — Angela Mombourquette: Angela Mombourquette is a Halifax-based freelance journalist who has written for such publications as The WalrusHalifax Magazine, and the Chronicle Herald. She is also the author of the book 25 Years of 22 Minutes: An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes…

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