National Writers Union pushes ahead with effort to get freelancers paid

The National Writers Union has been forging ahead this fall with a campaign to get a group of freelancers the $85,000 they say they are collectively owed by Ebony for work that has been published in the magazine. Thirty-eight freelancers filed a lawsuit against Ebony in September along with the NWU, an American trade union that represents freelance […]

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 11:43 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

CBC Freelance Specific Services Contracts – Good Value or a Possible Minefield?

by Don Genova Last month I went over the nuts and bolts of CBC’s Freelance Contributor Contracts. But CBC also uses other kinds of contracts with freelancers. One of those is the Freelance Specific Services contract. For a type of contract that often gets used by the CBC to hire freelancers, it sure doesn’t say […]

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

Critic says new Globe and Mail freelance contract isn’t fair to writers

by Mitchell Thompson The Globe and Mail has received criticism for a revamped freelance contract that one critic says doesn’t treat authors fairly. Content Writers Group — formerly known as the Canadian Writers Group — founder Derek Finkle said the provisions in the Globe’s “amended and restated” freelance contract take away rights freelancers previously retained, with […]

Posted on November 1, 2017 at 11:08 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

Back to School: The ABC’s of CBC Freelance Contracts

by Don Genova  There are actually A’s, and B’s, and C stands for Copyright in a typical CBC Freelance Contributor Contract, but I’ll get to those in a bit. With the new broadcast season, more local and national programs, radio, TV or digital, will be engaging freelancers to provide material for their shows in the […]

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelancer Katie Jensen talks about the importance of income transparency in Canadian media

*Editor’s Note: July 28, 2017. This post has been updated to include an addendum to clarify certain points raised in the Q+A. by Vanessa Hrvatin On July 5, freelance podcast producer Katie Jensen publicly shared her 2016 net income as part of a Twitter  thread she hashtagged #incometransparency. The 29-year-old has been in the freelance […]

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Access Copyright Payback claim period open until May 31

The 2017 Access Copyright Payback claim period is open from April 1st to May 31. If you’re a writer or visual artist who was affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2016, now is the time to submit a claim for this year’s payment. The eligible publication years for the 2017 Payback claim are 1996 to 2015. Written and […]

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

Hey, CBC Freelancers, You’re Getting A Raise!

By Don Genova, CMG Freelance Branch President Journalists who contribute to the CBC on a freelance basis are now subject to new minimum rates as of April 1, 2017. The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to a 1.5% across-the-board increase in rates contained in the collective agreement. This means the rates have risen […]

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

2017 Public Lending Right Program registration deadline May 1

If you’re a Canadian author, illustrator or photographer with a published book, it’s time to register for the Public Lending Right Program. PLR is a Canada Council for the Arts program that distributes payments to Canadian creators to compensate them for the lending out of their books through Canadian public libraries. This year’s registration period runs from […]

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

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: , , , ,