Upcoming Doc Project mentorship program deadline October 15

Good news for freelance radio producers: there’s another deadline coming up this month for the CBC Doc Project Mentorship Program. You’ll need to get your pitches in by October 15th to be considered for this round of documentary production. The Doc Project is open to CBC employees and Canadian freelancers with demonstrated experience with audio. Past […]

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

New CBC pitch guidelines up this week

Radio freelancers and independent audio producers will be interested to read the new CBC pitch guidelines that went up on the CBC’s website this week. The new pitch page has a heavier emphasis on podcasting, with descriptions that will help applicants differentiate between a podcast and a radio program, as well as a list of topics that the CBC is interested in exploring in […]

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Producing Your Radio Drama Script

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.   Some time ago I wrote about the challenges and benefits of writing a radio drama script, especially for those who had never previously considered […]

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Saint John Seven end strike, MBS Radio begins lock-out

The seven unionized workers at MBS Radio in Saint John, New Brunswick called an end to their 686-day strike last week. Their employer responded with a lock-out notice, saying they will not be allowed to return to work without a collective agreement. The Saint John Seven joined the Canadian Media Guild in 2011 and spent almost a […]

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Podcasting patent threatens independent media

  by J.P. Davidson Like blogging and web video, podcasting has matured in recent years – from nerdy niche to viable independent media platform. Marc Maron is one success story: the interviews he conducts from his garage in LA go out to a massive online following. The show revived Maron’s career and even landed him a […]

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Chris Brookes on life as an independent radio producer

  Chris Brookes’ radio documentaries have been broadcast all over the world. From the U.S. to Europe to Australia, the work of this Newfoundland-based producer has caught the ear of international audiences and won multiple awards. In September, Brookes gave a presentation at the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Survival Seminar in Toronto. He described the […]

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Braving the Canadian Lake: Paolo Pietropaolo on the joys of freelancing

Freelance radio producer Paolo Pietropaolo says that working as a freelancer is like standing on the edge of a Canadian lake. When embarking on any new creative project, he says, there’s always that daunting moment where you have to figure out where to begin. The lake in front of you is huge, it’s freezing cold, you’re scared. But once […]

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

The Born Freelancer on Writing a Radio Play

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.   It seems appropriate to spend a post on writing radio plays during the very week that marks the 75th anniversary of the initial broadcast of radio’s […]

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

New audio app offers collaborative potential

“It’s like Google Docs, but for audio,” says The Scope at Ryerson of the new app they’re developing. Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, one of the leads on the project, says the enRUe app will allow several people to work on the same audio file remotely, making edits and adding comments that can be seen by all participants. […]

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Airchecker: an online resource for radio freelancers

Are you a radio freelancer? Then there’s a new online home for you to explore: Airchecker – originally a news blog for Canadian radio professionals – has launched a social network. Airchecker was created in 2007 by a Canadian radio personality who prefers to remain anonymous. Seeing a need for a one-stop source of radio-related news, […]

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 9:10 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,