What’s in your contract?

Libel notice served to Toronto Life should give freelance writers pause for thought   York University’s recent libel notice to Toronto Life should serve as a sobering reminder for Canadian freelance writers. The article at issue – a feature on sexual assault at York – was written by freelance contributor Katherine Laidlaw. Fortunately for Laidlaw, [...]

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The E-Book Show Down: Part Three

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on. Read Part One and Part Two of this three-part series.    By Derek Finkle   The Walrus In late October, The Walrus approached [...]

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:15 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The E-Book Show Down: Part Two

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on. Read Part One of this three-part series here.    By Derek Finkle   Toronto Life By early 2012, we had three writers [...]

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 9:20 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The E-Book Show Down: Part One

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on.   By Derek Finkle October 2010 was a watershed month for e-books. That’s when Amazon announced that Kindle e-books had outsold hardcover [...]

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 9:30 am by story board · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Finding Karla’s Paula Todd talks ebooks and the future of journalism

Paula Todd, the author of Finding Karla,

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:38 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Signer beware: Libel clauses in some freelance contracts leave writers holding the bag

Clauses that make writers wholly responsible for defamatory language in magazine articles have been popping up in freelance contracts for a while now. Last fall, we mentioned that The Grid, owned by Torstar Corp., was distributing new freelance agreements with clauses that could leave writers exposed to counter-suits in the event a libel suit was [...]

Profile of CBC’s Kirstine Stewart continues CWG’s nonfiction ebook series

All eyes are on the CBC after the federal government announced it would cut 10 per cent of its budget. It’s likely Kirstine Stewart, the broadcaster’s executive vice-president in charge of English programming, is feeling the weight of that gaze more than anyone else at the CBC. In a story that first appeared in Toronto [...]

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Canadian Writers Group launches ebook venture with Russell Smith’s Blindsided

In May last year, the Canadian Writers Group’s Derek Finkle was talking about the need for a long-form journalism platform in Canada similar to sites like Byliner and The Atavist operating in the U.S. This week, CWG launched a series of non-fiction ebooks with novelist and Globe columnist Russell Smith’s Blindsided, a story of about [...]

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Settlement reached between writer Patricia Pearson and Rogers Publishing

When freelancer Patricia Pearson wrote an article called “It’s Just Nuts” for Chatelaine in 2009, she probably didn’t think a dispute that followed from that piece would end more than two year later. But late last year Pearson — with the help of legal representation from the Canadian Media Guild and support from the Canadian [...]

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 10:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

CWG negotiates new deal with Reader’s Digest

It doesn’t happen every day, so when writers make gains after negotiating with a publication, it’s a story worth sharing. Working with Reader’s Digest managing editor Derek Webster, Derek Finkle negotiated a new pay grid on behalf of writers represented by the Canadian Writers Group this fall. Shortly before Webster left the magazine in October, [...]

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,