Newsroom staff and freelancers mark one-year anniversary of the start of the Chronicle Herald strike

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the strike at Halifax’s Chronicle Herald newspaper. The 55 members of the Halifax Typographical Union have been on strike since January 23rd, 2016 over the company’s plan to cut wages and newsroom positions and increase working hours. Shortly after the strike began, the striking journalists launched an online news […]

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Are you owed money by Venture Publishing?

In December of 2013 we posted a story about Venture Publishing in Alberta. We’d been hearing from a lot of freelancers who were having trouble getting paid for their work in a timely manner. Three years later, we’re still hearing from freelancers who are waiting as long as 18 months for their invoices to be paid. […]

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:20 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

CANADALAND takes on Alberta’s notoriously slow-paying publisher

The media criticism website CANADALAND published a post this week about Venture Publishing’s habit of paying its freelancers extremely late. Edmonton writer Jay Smith spoke with a number of freelancers as well as Venture Publishing’s CEO and president Ruth Kelly about the publisher’s financial troubles. The publisher, which owns Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines and […]

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm by editor · LEAVE A 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: , ,

Another freelancer alleges “idea appropriation” by The Walrus

During the past year, management at The Walrus magazine has been accused of poor treatment of staff and freelancers. This month, another freelance writer has come to Story Board with new allegations. Ontario writer Ann Silversides told Story Board that she pitched a story about a new business to The Walrus last July. The magazine told […]

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 6 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

Chatelaine’s call for unpaid submissions

One of our freelance union members recently brought our attention to a recent call for submissions by Chatelaine magazine. The call-out asks readers to submit full 500-word stories that have not been published elsewhere. Writers whose articles are selected will not be paid for their work. In response to Story Board’s request for comment on […]

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: ,

Students could be key in Halifax journalists’ strike

by Errol Salamon Journalism students and recent graduates are well placed to support Chronicle Herald newsroom workers in Halifax, who have been on strike since Jan. 23. They can collaborate with newspaper workers as Ontario students did during the Peterborough Examiner strike from November 1968 to April 1969. The Peterborough Newspaper Guild (now CWA Canada […]

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

CWA Canada Associate Members call for solidarity with Halifax journalists

by the CWA Canada Associate Member steering committee CWA Canada Associate Members are joining the Halifax Typographical Union (CWA Canada Local 30130) in calling on freelancers and student journalists to stand in solidarity with newsroom staff at The Chronicle Herald who could be on picket lines Saturday morning. Management at the daily newspaper, which gave […]

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:43 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Links between freelancing and gender inequality highlighted by Chronicle Herald labour dispute

By Errol Salamon This post is the first in a series called “E-Lancer Writes.” The series will explore the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage and temporary digital media workers.   The Halifax Chronicle Herald made headlines last week for contacting freelance journalists to replace the newspaper’s […]

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancers, union leaders urge support for Chronicle Herald staff during labour dispute

by Rachel Sanders Sandra Phinney knows exactly how difficult it is to negotiate with the owners of the Halifax Chronicle Herald. The Yarmouth-based freelance writer was offered a harsh contract by the company several years ago. “It was all-rights-grabbing. Including moral rights. And we would be liable if a reader had sued the paper. The onus was entirely on the […]

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,