Freelance Finance: By the hour, or by the word?

by Steven Threndyle Recently, a Vancouver-based company called Grizzly Coast Media created a bit of a stir online when it started posting jobs for freelancers that paid $50 for anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 words per story. If you take five hours to write 1500 words, you’re making $10 an hour. In Vancouver, where the typical […]

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 9:48 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

New UK report highlights the challenges of freelancing

This post is the eleventh 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 New data confirm that the number of freelance journalists has increased across the UK since 2000 and their pay is […]

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Alberta Publishing company and CEO Ruth Kelly leave their freelance content creators shivering through the winter – Hire now; pay much, much later

Edmonton, February 22, 2017 – Venture Publishing Inc. of Edmonton and its CEO Ruth Kelly have developed a disturbing business model when it comes to paying the freelance contributors hired to create articles, photos, and illustrations for the various magazines the company produces, such as Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil, and Heroes on behalf of the […]

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

J-Source wants you to help create a list of the best places to freelance in Canada

Earlier this month, the Columbia Journalism Review ran a great post that surveyed two dozen freelancers about the best outlets to work for. It gives a rundown of six publications that freelancers love, offering specific details about pay and editorial style. Now J-Source editor H.G. Watson wants to create a Canadian version. She put out a […]

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Webinar: “The Savvy Freelancer’s Guide to Contract Negotiation”

Negotiating contracts is one of the most challenging parts of freelancing. To help you out with that, CMG Freelance has planned a webinar called “The Savvy Freelancer’s Guide to Contract Negotiation.” It’s scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 6 PM EST and will be led by author and freelance writer Ann Douglas. Negotiating a writing contract doesn’t have to […]

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Canadian freelancers turn to the US market to secure higher-paying gigs

This post is the tenth 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 When Canadian-based freelancer Katherine O’Brien started working as a web content and blog writer, she hadn’t made a conscious […]

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Edmonton media outlet Taproot pays the writers

  Karen Unland is appalled by publishers that don’t pay their freelancers. The co-founder of the brand new Edmonton media outlet Taproot says relying on unpaid writers is the sign of a broken business model. “It just seems like if you can’t pay the people who are doing the work, it’s not a viable business,” she says. […]

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

New CBC opinion section provides more paid writing opportunities for freelancers

This post is the ninth 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 Canadian freelance writers have one more potential way to earn money: by selling their ideas to the new opinion section […]

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Access Copyright & Access Copyright Foundation: What Can They Do for You?

by Elle Andra-Warner Are you registered with Access Copyright (AC) as one of over 11,000 Canadian writers, visual artists or publishers who receive an annual payment? Or have you ever applied for a Professional Development, Research or Events grant from Access Copyright Foundation? If not, here’s some information that could add to your stream of […]

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Are you owed money by Venture Publishing?

In December of 2013 we posted a story about Venture Publishing in Alberta. We’d been hearing from a lot of freelancers who were having trouble getting paid for their work in a timely manner. Three years later, we’re still hearing from freelancers who are waiting as long as 18 months for their invoices to be paid. […]

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:20 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,