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: , , ,

A message to freelancers from the Halifax Typographical Union

CMG Freelance received the following letter from the Halifax Typographical Union this week:   January 7, 2015 Dear freelance writer/columnist/op-ed contributor, Members of Halifax Typographical Union who work to produce The Chronicle Herald, TheChronicleHerald.ca and the Business Insider recently began bargaining with the Halifax Herald Ltd. This is not the first time we reporters, editors, […]

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancers: Having problems at Toronto Star Touch?

Hi, freelancers. If you’ve been submitting articles or photographs to Toronto Star Touch and have been having problems of any kind, please get in touch with us at freelance@cmg.ca. All communications will be kept strictly confidential.  

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Problem of Press Trips

by Keph Senett Freelance writers are masters of ingenuity. We have to be. Decreasing wages and increasing demands have made full-time freelance writing a losing proposition. Those of us who wish to remain in the field quickly develop strategies to make it work: We stack assignments, boost our incomes with part-time jobs, and network like […]

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Yellow Pages Canada offering content mill rates for app writing work

CMG Freelance is advising freelance writers across Canada not to accept work from Yellow Pages that pays in the range of 6 to 9 cents per word. Story Board has heard from several highly experienced writers who were approached by Yellow Pages Canada last week with an offer to write “Smart Lists” for Yellow Pages’ […]

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A 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: , , ,

@crapwritinggigs Twitter account mocks low-paying jobs for writers

by Rachel Sanders $5 per post. $0.02 per word. It’s numbers like these that make a freelance writer’s heart sink. And there’s no shortage of jobs with this kind of rock bottom writing rate being advertised on the internet these days. For one writer, it all just got to be too much. Six months ago that person […]

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,