Freelancer Stephen Leahy on crowdfunding his environmental journalism

by Rachel Sanders Stephen Leahy was at a conservation conference in Mexico five years ago when the dire state of freelance journalism became clear to him. After the event, he spoke with several other freelancers, all of whom had received travel awards to attend the event. Most of them had not been able to sell a single story […]

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Money in the bank: tips for freelance accounting

by Hannah Hoag Not long ago, one of my regular clients had some hiccups with their accounting procedures. Every month or so, I’d have to contact the department to inquire about a payment and track down the source of the problem. Sometimes the payment had never been processed. Other times the cheque had been lost […]

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 8:13 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Pay Me Please helps freelancers get what they’re owed

There’s nothing quite as frustrating to a freelancer as having to chase a publisher down for unpaid invoices. Story Board has reported on late-paying Canadian publishers a couple of times over the past few months. In both cases, freelancers were angry enough to go public with their complaints. Last fall, a similarly frustrated freelance journalist started […]

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:05 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: , , , ,

What to charge for your writing

by Rachel Sanders When you’re offered a juicy writing assignment, sometimes the fee seems less important than the experience, the enjoyment, or the byline you’re expecting to get out of it. But as you move along in your writing career, it’s important to consider what your time is worth. If you want to freelance full-time, […]

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

Freelancers report delayed payments from Venture Publishing

** Update Dec 17/13: Chris Turner has reported that he received his overdue cheque from Venture Publishing this week. Some of the other freelancers that Story Board contacted are still waiting for payment. **   Venture Publishing has told at least one freelancer that it is behind in payments to its contributors, blaming poor summer ad […]

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:05 am by story board · 40 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

Freelance contracts: what to look for

There was a commotion on Twitter last week. Which one? Oh sorry, I mean the Spike Lee vs. freelance designer one. A graphic designer named Juan Luis Garcia claims he was asked to design some posters for Spike Lee’s new movie, Oldboy. After spending weeks on his designs, he says, the agency that hired him […]

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Canadian Intern Association holds first Vancouver meeting

The Canadian Intern Association is holding its first Vancouver meeting tonight at the Firehall Branch of the public library. The Association was founded last year by University of Ottawa law student Claire Seaborn, who noticed a dearth of advocacy groups to address the growing problem of illegal unpaid internships. Over the past year, the group has launched a Claim Back […]

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 9:03 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Start-ups focus on getting freelance writers paid

Last week we told you about Contently, a company that matches freelancers with brands and publishers who need writers. One of their tools allows writers to collect their fee instantly, as soon as their work has been approved. We had a comment from a Story Board reader confirming that the system works. Instant payment. No waiting […]

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Contently and the Rise of Content Marketing

Prospects seem rather gloomy for freelance writers these days. With dying weeklies, draconian magazine contracts, and endless cutbacks at daily papers and the CBC, it’s sometimes hard to see how freelancing can possibly remain a viable career path. But amid all the journalistic despair there is one area of growth for freelance writers. It’s called […]

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 9:15 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , , ,