Loving the Work Without Working Alone

by Alex Verman   Freelancers are often idealized as isolated entrepreneurs. Working from anywhere at odd hours, freelancers are at liberty to pick our projects and dictate our schedules and build relationships and connections outside of the traditional office environment. Nicole Cohen addresses this idea of the lone wolf writer head-on in her book, Writers’ […]

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CMG Freelance mourns Keith Maskell, long-time CMG staff member

The Canadian Media Guild is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our brother, friend and colleague Keith Maskell. As a union, we are dedicated to the proposition that work has value and workers are vital. Our mission is rooted in a recognition of the humanness and humanity of workers. We likewise celebrate and […]

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Newsroom staff and freelancers mark one-year anniversary of the start of the Chronicle Herald strike

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the strike at Halifax’s Chronicle Herald newspaper. The 55 members of the Halifax Typographical Union have been on strike since January 23rd, 2016 over the company’s plan to cut wages and newsroom positions and increase working hours. Shortly after the strike began, the striking journalists launched an online news […]

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Member survey: What social media training do you need?

CMG Freelance is planning a day-long social media workshop in Vancouver with Katt Stearns, recipient of the 2015 Canadian Digital Marketer of the Year Award. Katt can help you focus your social media energies in the most efficient way possible. But we want to know what you really need help with the most…and if you’d come to our workshop in March! […]

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Webinar for members January 18: “Inbox Zero”

How many emails are piled up in your inbox right now? Hundreds? Thousands? Is it stressing you out? Want to do something about it? Our next webinar for members is just what you need. Scheduled forWednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 6pm ET, “Inbox Zero” will be presented by tech writer Luigi Benetton. Luigi will explain the concept […]

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Webinar for members: How to pitch to The Doc Project

Radio freelancers, CMG Freelance is running a webinar with CBC’s Tanya Springer this week that will teach you how to pitch your documentary idea to The Doc Project. Click here to register for the event and mark your calendars for Wednesday November 23rd at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. If you can’t attend live, register anyway and you’ll be […]

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Digital Media Mixer in Toronto November 22

Freelancers, students and media workers are invited to a mixer in Toronto on Tuesday, November 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Watson’s (388 Richmond St. W, Toronto). It’s an opportunity to make connections with peers and mentors working in digital media, and to discuss the changing nature of media work. Mentors for the evening include Erika Tustin, digital […]

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Victoria Freelancers: Register for our Perfect Pitch workshop

Victoria-area freelancers, CMG Freelance has a professional development opportunity coming your way next month. Every freelancer — whether new or experienced — can use some pitching practice. So join us for The Perfect Pitch, our day-long workshop on pitching. It’s scheduled for October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fisgard Street Forum (845 Fisgard Street). You’ll learn how […]

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 2:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

New monthly payment option for CMG Freelance members

Good news, CMG Freelance members: there’s now a brand new way to pay your dues. You’ve still got the option of paying the annual fee of $150. But if you’d prefer to pay on a monthly basis, you can pay $15 per month for your freelance union membership. The monthly dues option gives you access to all of the benefits […]

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Advice on finding work and selling your skills from the Beyond Journalism panel

by Jennifer D’Agostino Last week freelance journalists came together at the Page One café to discuss life beyond journalism. The event, put on by CWA Canada and CMG Freelance, saw panelists discuss the importance, in the ever-changing media world, of using journalism skills in careers within and beyond media. Journalists were able to hear advice from a […]

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,