Freelance contracts a hot topic at Level Up conference in Toronto

It’s frustrating to give up lucrative assignments, but are indemnification clauses worth the risks they pose to your assets?

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Reporting responsibly on labour and class

An impoverished landscape By Zaid Noorsumar Alex Press had to do a lot of convincing to get the Washington Post to run her story about 260,000 UPS workers who were threatening to strike. The American workers were fighting a treacherous new contract that would have repercussions not only for unions but for working people in general. […]

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancing Financial Success: “Dance your power dance and then say your number”

Follow your interests… and ask for more money. Those are the keys to financial success in freelancing, according to Toronto-based freelance journalist David Hayes and investment and lifestyle writer and editor Rita Silvan. The two were part of a panel discussion called “Freelancing Financial Success” at the recent Level Up conference in Toronto. The session, […]

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Gives Assurance on Insurance

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. I think Sara Tatelman’s recent two-parter on liability and insurance for freelancers is a must-read. It is a topic of paramount importance for all freelancers […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 8:52 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

How to respond when a publication wants you to indemnify them

By Sara Tatelman Congratulations — a new editor is really excited about your pitch, and you’re really excited to get paid to investigate something you care about. All that’s left is to sign the contract. But then you read it, all nine pages, and your heart sinks. The contract requires you to indemnify the publisher […]

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The rise of indemnification clauses in freelance contracts

By Sara Tatelman When Toronto journalist Jesse Brown wanted to break the Jian Ghomeshi story, he knew couldn’t do so on his independent podcast Canadaland. At the time, he didn’t have any libel insurance, and several lawyers told him that while he could take steps to ensure he could win a libel lawsuit, provided he […]

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The state of the travel writing industry

by Monte Stewart   Mike Fisher has a decision to make. He is among disgruntled veteran freelancers who say well-paying travel writing opportunities are becoming increasingly rare due to revamped newspaper travel sections with reduced budgets, the outsourcing of editing services, and the proliferation of online publications that expect free stories, among other factors. “It’s […]

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 9:35 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #37 — Leanne Allen

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.    Leanne Allen is an award-winning producer, photographer and actor based in Victoria. She produces a television program called Culture Vulture TV, which explores the arts, entertainment, lifestyle and food in […]

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 10:23 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Asks, Do We Dare Ever Take a Holiday?

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Aside from asking what should I charge, it is probably the question I hear the most often (especially around this time of year) from novice […]

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Media lawyer advises freelancers to beware of indemnity clauses

As indemnification clauses continue to appear in freelance contracts, one media lawyer advises freelancers to be careful what they sign. Daniel Burnett, with Vancouver’s Owen Bird Law Corporation, said the potential consequences of indemnifying a publication against expenses that might arise from a defamation lawsuit could be devastating. “Indemnity for a possible lawsuit that might […]

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,