Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 12-19

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Bail out journalists, not their bosses [J-Source] Workers at BuzzFeed declare intention to unionize [Globe and Mail] BuzzFeed Canada staff file to unionize [CWA […]

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Audio rate card survey aims to empower freelance producers

If you do freelance audio production work, you’re invited to contribute to the creation of a rate card for Canadian audio producers. Freelance producers Michelle Macklem, Aliya Pabani, Jess Shane, and Kalli Anderson are running a survey of freelance audio production rates in an effort to gain a better understanding of how much producers are […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb 5-11

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Let’s talk about rates, baby! [PWAC Toronto] More devastating cuts at The Canadian Press [CMG] Torontoist has been acquired by Daily Hive [Torontoist] Tracking […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 29-Feb 4

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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IATSE joins forces with CWA Canada in fight for better working conditions for factual / reality TV workers

TORONTO (Jan. 29, 2019) – Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions announced an innovative partnership today to improve working conditions and organize workers in factual/reality television. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), North America’s largest entertainment union, is joining forces with media union CWA Canada in its Fairness in Factual TV […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 15-21

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Ontario Tuition Reforms Could Spell Disaster For Student Newspapers, Unions [Huffington Post] Protecting the workers of the future with portable benefits [Policy Options] CWA […]

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Notes from the Decent Work City conference in Seoul

by Don Genova Deep-fried soft-shell crab, freshly fried pork dumplings, skewers of chicken drenched in fiery hot sauce. All served within a cacophony of street food vendors shouting out their offerings in a trendy shopping district of Seoul, South Korea. As I crunched down on my crisp crab, I considered where I had been just […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 8-14

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: Media union hails Godfrey’s step down as Postmedia CEO [CWA Canada] Paul Godfrey steps down as Postmedia CEO, will remain executive chair [Globe and Mail] […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 31-Jan 7

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: CBC Non-fiction prize open for entries [CBC Books] 2018 CAJ Awards call for entries [CAJ] Call for entries: 2019 Digital Publishing Awards [Digital Publishing […]

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 18-24

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler? From Canada: National Magazine Awards call for entries [Magazine Awards] Changing public perceptions of mental illness [J-Source] Skill-sharing workshops help freelancers confront new world of work […]

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