Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 27-April 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?

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From Canada: 

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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Vancouver media mixer on April 18

Vancouver media workers, freelancers and journalism students, come out and join us for a free networking event on Wednesday, April 18 at Shebeen Whiskey House (212 Carrall St.) in Gastown from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. 

There will be free snacks and drinks on offer as you make connections, test pitches, and share advice with people working (and studying) in the media across the city. Mentors from a variety of media outlets will be in attendance.

The event is sponsored by CWA Canada, the country’s only all media union, with 6,000 members at media companies and newspapers coast to coast. CWA Canada is the parent union of the Canadian Media Guild, which represents members at media outlets such as VICE Canada, CBC, and The Canadian Press, as well as freelancers through its voluntary membership program. CWA Canada also has a free membership for student, volunteer, precarious and emerging media workers through its Associate Member program.

This event is free to attend, but please register to reserve your spot on this Eventbrite page.

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

2018 Forum Freelance Fund competition for hostile environment training bursaries now open

The 2018 Forum Freelance Fund competition is now open for submissions. The fund provides bursaries for Canadian freelancers to attend dangerous environment training courses.

The fund provides bursaries of up to $2500 to Canadian freelancers. Foreign freelancers doing significant work for Canadian publications are also eligible to apply.

The deadline for this annual bursary competition is April 19. Winners will be notified by May 31. Bursary winners will then have two months to choose and register for a hostile environment training course.

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma runs the competition in association with the Rory Peck Trust, a U.K.-based organization devoted to promoting the safety of freelancers. The competition was founded in 2011 and has awarded 27 bursaries to freelancers since then.

More information and application requirements are available on the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma website.

 

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 20-26

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?

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From Canada: 

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • 2018 Dave Greber Awards open for submissions: Freelance writers, if you’ve focused your work on social justice issues this year, it’s time to apply for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards. The competition opened this week and the submissions deadline is Friday, June 22at 5 p.m. PST… 
  • Build your freelance business with these five small social media tweaks: When I got into social media marketing there were three networks with straightforward strategies. Today, there are many more platforms and the rules seem to be ever-changing. Tactics that worked a few years ago don’t seem as effective anymore. So what is a freelancer to do?…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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2018 Dave Greber Awards open for submissions

Freelance writers, if you’ve focused your work on social justice issues this year, it’s time to apply for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards. The competition opened this week and the submissions deadline is Friday, June 22 at 5 p.m. PST

The awards honour the memory of Dave Greber, a Calgary-based freelancer who wrote extensively about social justice issues during the final decade of his career. Created in 2004, the awards are given to writers of social justice-related non-fiction. There are two awards — a $5000 prize for a book and a $2000 prize for a magazine feature. Work that has not yet been completed for publication is also eligible for submission.

To submit your work for a Dave Greber Award, you must be a resident of Canada and spend 70% of your working time as a self-employed freelance writer.

Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the awards website.

Several previous Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award winners have been interviewed for Story Board. You can read their advice for writers right here.

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Build your freelance business with these five easy social media tweaks

by Robyn Roste

In October 2010 I joined Twitter. I had heard it was a good place to get freelance work so I put up a profile, followed a few people and tweeted when the mood struck. In general this was while I watched sports or when something interesting happened.

While I was having a great time, I wasn’t getting any work and wondered what I was doing wrong. So I took a social media course for freelancers. The strategies weren’t rocket science but they were a fundamental mindset shift, which took me some time to wrap my head around. As I implemented the tactics, much to my amazement, I began getting freelance work. It changed my entire freelance business and social media is now an integral part of my marketing strategy.

Freelancers emerging from longstanding in-house corporate gigs, or who are new to the freelance world, may be blinking in the bright lights of social media wondering how on earth they’re meant to use this tool to connect with potential clients or employers. I get it. How does posting photos on Instagram result in paying clients? How does linking an article on Facebook grab potential employers’ attention and encourage them to reach out? On the surface it makes no sense.

The digital landscape is confusing and overwhelming to say the least. When I got into social media marketing there were three networks with straightforward strategies. Today, there are many more platforms and the rules seem to be ever-changing. Tactics that worked a few years ago don’t seem as effective anymore. So what is a freelancer to do?
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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 13-19

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?

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From Canada: 

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Webinar: Handling the Physical and Emotional Realities of Journalism: Journalism can be a risky business – not just in conflict zones but in many domestic settings as well. The risks have grown steadily across the years, and no one is more vulnerable than the freelancer, working without the technical, physical and emotional support of a single employer…
  • Ottawa Media Mixer on March 20: Ottawa media workers, freelancers and students, you’re invited to a free media mixer later this month. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 20th and head down to Union Local 613 (315 Somerset St W) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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Webinar: Handling the Physical and Emotional Realities of Journalism

Journalism can be a risky business – not just in conflict zones but in many domestic settings as well.

The risks have grown steadily across the years, and no one is more vulnerable than the freelancer, working without the technical, physical and emotional support of a single employer, usually at a financial disadvantage too.

With all this in mind, CMG Freelance has organized a webinar led by Cliff Lonsdale, co-founder and president of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

Handling the Physical and Emotional Realities of Journalism” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Register for the webinar at this link

Cliff approaches the topic with a long and varied background in foreign and domestic reporting, both staff and freelance, as well as TV and radio production, news management and teaching journalism at the graduate level.

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is a charity dedicated to the mental and physical wellbeing of journalists, freelance or staff. Among other things it provides risk-awareness programs and hostile environment training bursaries for freelancers. These courses now routinely address mental health issues as well as physical dangers.

You can register for the webinar here. CMG Freelance and CWA Canada Associate Members can use their membership numbers to register. For a limited time, CMG Freelance is making live viewing of our webinars available to non-members. If you’d like to watch this one, you can use the special code “Storyboard” in place of a membership number.

Archived webinars are available for viewing by CMG Freelance and CWA Canada Associate Members on this members-only page on the CMG Freelance website. Subjects of previous webinars include social media, contract negotiating and financial planning for freelancers.

Students, volunteers and emerging media workers can sign up for a free CWA Associate Membership right here.

For information about the price and benefits of CMG Freelance membership check out the CMG Freelance website.

 

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Ottawa Media Mixer on March 20


Ottawa media workers, freelancers and students, you’re invited to a free media mixer later this month.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 20th and head down to Union Local 613 (315 Somerset St W) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy free snacks and drinks while you chat with mentors from a wide variety of publishers and broadcasters, including the Globe and Mail, CBC, the National Observer, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen/Sun, iPolitics, The Hill Times and the Huffington Post.

This networking event is sponsored by CWA Canada, the nation’s only all-media union, which represents 17 locals across the country. CWA Canada and CMG Freelance members as well as the general public are all welcome to attend.

Tickets are free, but if you plan to attend please register on this Eventbrite page

 

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 6-12

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?

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From Canada: 

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Freelancers can learn to thrive in a rapidly changing work environment: What is the future for freelance workers in Canada and around the world? The more cynical might ask: do freelancers even have a future? The answer to that is an optimistic and unequivocal “yes,” according to an international panel of speakers at the “The Future of Freelance” workshop…
  • Fighting for copyright: Have you ever had your copyright violated? How did you react? I had this issue a few years ago. I didn’t take it well. My consternation drove me to waste time creating Google alerts for a bunch of my published articles. I’ve been thinking that there has to be a better way…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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