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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #39 — Lesley Evans Ogden

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian freelancers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life. Lesley Evans Ogden is a B.C.-based science journalist whose clients include Natural History, Scientific American, BBC, Nature, and CBC. Her work can also be found here on Story Board. She just […]

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 10:13 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A note from the departing Story Board editor

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade, but I became the editor of Story Board in July of 2012. I was fully freelance at that point, fitting writing assignments in between snack time, loads of laundry, school drop-offs, and all of the other work involved in raising two small children. Now, after nearly […]

Posted on January 3, 2022 at 10:25 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

New study on mental health and resilience for journalists reporting on COVID-19

by Lesley Evans Ogden On November 19th, the Canadian Journalism Foundation held a webinar hosted by CBC journalist Anna Maria Tremonti, focusing on the mental health risk and injury of reporting on COVID-19. The webinar discussed the results of a recent study initiated when Meera Selva, director of the journalist fellowship programme at the Reuters […]

Posted on November 26, 2020 at 8:38 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Webinar: How to Find Work

If you’re looking for more work opportunities these days, hurry and register for the CFG’s upcoming webinar How to Find Work. This online event happens on Wednesday, October 21st from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time. One of the first member benefits the Canadian Freelance Guild established after being formed in April of this year was The […]

Posted on October 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancers face new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Monte Stewart This is part two in a series on the ways that Canadian freelancers are weathering COVID-19. Read part one right here.   Lesley Evans Ogden shares her home office with a pet bird. Her feathered friend was there even before the coronavirus struck. But now the Vancouver-area freelancer, who specializes in science […]

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

Freelance Skill Share Extraordinaire – Pitfalls and Pitching for Freelancers

by Lesley Evans Ogden Assemble any group of freelancers at a networking event, or Google “freelance challenges,” and a common set of discussion topics tends to emerge. How can we write the best pitches? How do we negotiate contracts? And for some: How do I get started? Navigating freelance challenges to survive and thrive in […]

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Jan 22-28

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: Canadian Journalism Innovators launches to accelerate digital media growth [J-Source] Is Journalism “Essential”? Doug Ford’s government doesn’t think so [Canadaland] CBC Bargaining – Getting […]

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

Non-fiction book publishing advice for freelance writers

By Lesley Evans Ogden Have you ever thought about writing a non-fiction book? It’s a daunting undertaking, but for many published book authors, it’s also a rewarding one. In April 2018, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada held their annual conference in Vancouver. During that conference, I moderated a session on book publishing. The three […]

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancers’ concerns highlighted at Democracy Project journalism summit

Journalists from across North America gathered in Banff last month to discuss the importance of deeply researched journalism in the era of alt-facts. And at panel discussions populated by major publishers and established journalists, freelancers made themselves heard. The Democracy Project journalism summit happened at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on October 20 to […]

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm by editor · One Comment

Know Your Worth, Know Your Rights with Don Genova

by Grace Szucs  More often than not, writers are being asked to sign contracts these days, says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. Contracts can protect you, but they can also put an unfair burden on the writer. Genova went over some freelance contract basics at an info session hosted by the Canadian Media Guild and CWA […]

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,