Writers speak out against The Walrus’s new freelance agreement

Last fall, The Walrus’s contributor agreement came under scrutiny during what is referred to by many freelancers as “the Alex Gillis affair.” The incident – which you can read about in detail on Canadaland – led to a discussion on the Toronto Freelance Editors and Writers listserv about kill fees and “idea appropriation.” Literary agent […]

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Copyright, libel and kill fees: Negotiating a freelancer-friendly contract

by Rachel Sanders The hottest topic of conversation for freelancers is definitely money. But freelance contracts come in a close second. That’s why we like to offer a regular refresher on the subject here on Story Board. Publishers have been adding some distinctly freelancer-unfriendly clauses to their contracts over the past few years. And with well-paid freelance writing […]

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

Newspapers reject overreaching freelance photography contracts

by Rachel Sanders Freelance photographers have something to celebrate this week: a little pushback from newspapers against overreaching contracts for concert photography. The Montreal Gazette, La Presse, Le Journal de Montréal, Le Devoir and Métro refused to send photographers to the Taylor Swift show at the Bell Centre in Montreal last Tuesday because of a […]

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 11:35 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Writer Scott Carney launches WordRates & PitchLab Kickstarter

by Rachel Sanders Scott Carney figures he’s beaten the odds and come out the other side: he’s become a successful freelance writer. What was his first clue? Everyone kept asking for his advice. “I get emails and phone calls and letters from writers around the country all the time asking for advice on how to negotiate contracts or how […]

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Why does a freelancer’s copyright matter?

by Rachel Sanders In the wake of our recent post about a contract dispute between a group of freelancers and the non-profit broadcaster Accessible Media Inc., it seems like a good time for a refresher on the topic of copyright and moral rights. As a freelancer, why should you protect your copyright? What are moral rights, […]

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:41 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Toronto freelancer goes the distance to pursue non-paying client

Most freelancers have had to deal with it at some point in their careers – a client who is slow to process invoices, or, worse, one that’s deliberately avoiding paying their contractors. Chasing down a paycheque can be frustrating, humiliating and damaging to your productivity. Sometimes it seems easier to just give up on that […]

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Radio freelancers battle for copyright

by Rachel Sanders In the two and a half years since I’ve been the editor of Story Board, I’ve posted all kinds of news and opinion pieces about negotiations and disputes over freelance contracts. The contracts in question have come from a wide variety of media outlets — ranging from Canada Wide Media, to the Toronto Star, […]

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Friday #2, Storified

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Friday #2: How to value your work

The second in the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Friday workshop series is coming up next week in Toronto. This time, the topic is Freelance Contracts: How to value your work, get it in writing and get paid. CMG staff rep Keith Maskell will explore the nuts and bolts of freelance contracts and will give participants the tools they […]

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Warning to freelancers: The Revelation Magazine

Freelance writers, photographers and web developers are advised that a Toronto-based startup magazine is behind on payments to its contributors. The Revelation Magazine, an online publication that bills itself as a “non-denomination Christian lifestyle magazine,” published one issue in December before suspending publication in mid-January. More than two dozen freelancers — writers, photographers and graphic […]

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 am by story board · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,