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 […]

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New webinars for CMG Freelance members

As a union for freelancers, one of the supports that CMG Freelance offers is professional development opportunities. In addition to in-person training opportunities, we’ve also run almost two dozen webinars over the past few years on subjects ranging from social media for freelancers, to financial planning, to pitching stories, to negotiating contracts. For the past […]

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Story Board is eight today!

Eight years ago today, CMG Freelance and the Canadian Writers Group launched this blog with the intention of sharing information and building a sense of community among Canadian freelancers.

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Getting freelance work with the CBC

Freelancing for CBC isn’t as easy as it used to be, but there are still gigs to be found at the Mother Corp. The “Getting Work With the CBC” panel at the recent Level Up conference in Toronto offered some insights into just where to find it. The panel was part of a two-day conference […]

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Freelancers Unite to Battle Low Pay and Bad Contracts

  Toronto – Members of five of Canada’s largest freelancer associations have banded together to fight against stagnant pay rates and contracts that demand the right to reuse their work for no further pay. The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) Freelance Branch, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), Travel Media […]

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Level Up conference registration deadline extended to September 18

The deadline to register for Level Up: The Conference has been extended until end of day Tuesday, September 18. The conference will feature professional development sessions and networking opportunities in Toronto from September 20 to 22. Speakers include:  David Hayes: David is an award-winning journalist and author. In addition to having written three nonfiction books of his […]

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CMG Freelance September update

Here are a few things CMG Freelance is working on this month…

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Join CMG Freelance and receive admission to Level Up conference in Toronto

CMG Freelance and PWAC, the Professional Writers Association of Canada, are putting on a weekend full of professional development in Toronto on September 21st and 22nd. This conference, called Level Up, will offer sessions on contract language and negotiation, how to get your book published, networking and mentorship opportunities, and ‘working tours’ of St. Lawrence […]

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CMG Freelance is now on LinkedIn!

If you use LinkedIn to promote and grow your freelance business, we’d love to connect with you there. CMG Freelance now has a company page on LinkedIn, where we’ll be publishing Story Board posts as well as other posts of interest to independent media, creative, knowledge, IT and communications professionals. LinkedIn is just the latest […]

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Mid-Summer Salvo from CMG Freelance President Don Genova

As freelancers wend our way through summer I hope everyone has some sort of opportunity to take time for yourself and not your clients. I know, I know, freelancers never take vacation! But seriously, for your physical and mental health, take a break. While you’re resting, just a few items to bring you up to […]

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