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 […]

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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…

Posted on September 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

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 […]

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Associate Members program welcomes new coordinator

Canada’s free union membership program for media students, volunteers, and precarious media workers has a new leader at the helm. CWA Canada’s Associate Members program has brought Nasr Ahmed on board as its new program coordinator. He comes to the role from CBC in Toronto, where he worked for close to six years after starting […]

Posted on August 1, 2018 at 10:06 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CMG Freelance members gain access to National NewsMedia Council support

As part of a new agreement between the two organizations, CMG Freelance members are now able to access the National NewsMedia Council’s pre-publication support and ethics advice. The council is offering consulting and support via phone or email to freelance journalists who need ethical advice on sensitive stories. The council was established in 2015 as […]

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Largest-ever freelance delegation attends 2018 CMG convention

Last month the largest-ever delegation of freelancers came together to represent CMG Freelance at the Canadian Media Guild’s 2018 biennial convention in Toronto. Approximately 175 people from 11 branches of the union — including CBC, Thomson Reuters, VICE Canada, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Canadian Press — attended the convention from May 25 to 27 at […]

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CMG Freelance mixer in Toronto on Friday May 25

Hey Toronto freelancers, CMG Freelance executive members and delegates from across the country are convening in Toronto later this week to take part in the Canadian Media Guild’s national biennial convention — and we’d love to meet you while we’re in town. CMG Freelance members and non-members are all invited to an informal, happy hour get-together. […]

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,