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 […]

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Know Your Worth, Know Your Rights with Don Genova

by Grace Szucs  More often than not, writers are being asked to sign contracts these days, says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. Contracts can protect you, but they can also put an unfair burden on the writer. Genova went over some freelance contract basics at an info session hosted by the Canadian Media Guild and CWA […]

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CMG Freelance compiling a freelance contract tips sheet

When it comes to contracts, if you’re not sure what they mean, ask for help. Ask your colleagues. Ask the CMG. Use the ‘Lancer email list or the Story Board Facebook group to ask around for someone who has signed (or read but not signed) a contract for the place you’re hoping to work for. […]

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 11:19 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: , , , , ,

Indemnity clauses – the rickety bridges of freelancing

by Lesley Evans Ogden Imagine you want to climb up a mountain to a beautiful viewpoint. You’ve done some research, figured out how to get to the trailhead, packed your backpack, and climbed most of the way up the mountain. But on the final ascent you arrive at a deep chasm. The only way across […]

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

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: , , ,