National Post newsroom announces union drive

TORONTO, ONT.: It has been a year of unprecedented events, of things we once thought were beyond the realm of possibility. A reality television star is president of the United States. Ontario’s liquor control board is planning to sell marijuana. And the National Post is unionizing. As a newspaper that has had a conservative editorial […]

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:25 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Journalism Interns: Share Your Experiences

Did you work as a journalism intern in Canada or the United States between 2013 and 2017? Researcher Errol Salamon would like to hear about your experiences for a textbook on labour issues facing media workers in North America. Salamon is the work and labour editor of J-Source, and a visiting research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s […]

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

CWA Canada adopts Canada’s first guidelines on media internships

By Errol Salamon CWA Canada’s National Representative Council unanimously adopted Canada’s first guidelines on educational media internships at the union’s annual meeting in Calgary from April 29-30 to establish fair standards across the media industry. The CWA Canada Associate Members Steering Committee wrote the 15 internship guidelines. The union’s list of priorities includes guaranteed minimum […]

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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: , , , , ,

Striking Chronicle Herald Workers “Xpress” Themselves Online in Halifax News Rivalry

  This post is the fifth in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers.   By Errol Salamon Striking newsroom workers of the Chronicle Herald relaunched their free news site,, as a non-profit organization on […]

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Beyond Journalism panel discussion and networking event in Toronto June 2

Students, emerging media workers and freelancers are invited to a free panel discussion and mixer on Thursday, June 2 at the Page One Cafe & Bar (108 Mutual Street) in Toronto from 6 to 9 p.m. Panel speakers include writer and TV director Buffy Childerhose and digital journalist and novelist Angela Misri. They’ll offer advice on how to use your media skills to […]

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Tips for making it as a freelancer in Canada

Media workers meet in Halifax to discuss worker’s rights By Rebecca Hussman  CMG Freelance and CWA Canada hosted an event for media workers at The Company House in Halifax last week, focusing on workers’ rights and making it in the industry as a freelancer. The event began with a brief presentation on building a sustainable […]

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelancers, union leaders urge support for Chronicle Herald staff during labour dispute

by Rachel Sanders Sandra Phinney knows exactly how difficult it is to negotiate with the owners of the Halifax Chronicle Herald. The Yarmouth-based freelance writer was offered a harsh contract by the company several years ago. “It was all-rights-grabbing. Including moral rights. And we would be liable if a reader had sued the paper. The onus was entirely on the […]

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

All media work has value: Notes from the Media Workers Forum

by Lisa Ferguson   At a time when unpaid internships prevail and precarious employment seems the norm, how should institutions better protect interns, and what can we media workers do to protect ourselves? These questions were the focus of the Media Workers Forum, an event for CWA Canada Associate members — student, aspiring and precarious (intern, […]

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Livecast panel on internships tomorrow

CWA Canada is planning to livestream a panel discussion on internships that’s happening tomorrow as part of their Media Workers Forum for students, volunteers and precarious media workers. If you’d like to watch that discussion, you can tune in right here starting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. EST. And if you’re in Toronto, there’s still time to register to […]

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