‘Advice’

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: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Best Advice Received, Ever

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   One of the best pieces of advice I ever received when I was starting out as a rookie freelancer came from […]

Posted on October 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

How to avoid editors’ pet peeves

By Monte Stewart The dreaded phone call usually comes when Mark Reid is right in the middle of doing something. “[After] 45 minutes,” said Reid, editor of Canada’s History magazine, “we’re still talking, because you don’t want to be impolite, and the conversation always ends with: ‘Okay, now, can you send me an email about […]

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

A refresher on indemnity and liability in contracts

by Don Genova One of my roles as Organizer for the Canadian Freelance Guild is to help members interpret and negotiate contracts they’re asked to sign for the work they are about to do. (Lesson One: Agree on the contract before you start doing the work.) With each contract I review, it’s almost a certainty […]

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Reflects on Reviews

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   September. For some, a beginning – or return – to school. (This year being more of a headache than most, thanks […]

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 8:13 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Review: Two books that will boost your storytelling skills

by Michael Strickland An increase in my pulse rate accompanies the uptick in my attention. I missed that the first time, in the fall of 2019. Now, less than a year later, I’m watching for the subtlest of changes. I sit up a little bit straighter, pajama-clad legs pushing against the familiar couch cushions, as […]

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Knowing When to Leave the Party

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   In my last column I wrote about using the current crisis as a catalyst for change by moving into freelancing. Today […]

Posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

People before protons: How to pitch a science story

by Monte Stewart Tim Lougheed has been guarding his secret for years. If he has his way, editors will never pry it out of him. “To other people, I will call myself a science writer,” he said. “If I’m selling a story, I will never use that term.” And Lougheed is adamant that he will […]

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 8:55 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

4 Pitch Templates for Freelance Writers

by Robyn Roste Although pitching isn’t the only way freelancers find paid work, it’s an important skill to master. As much as I’ve tried to avoid it over the years, pitching in some way, shape or form is a large component of my freelance business and something I need to continually practice and improve at. Industry […]

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 10:50 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Going from 9-to-5 to Freelance During a Crisis

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   Extreme conditions bring about extreme changes. In many cases, it is the only way to survive. Today I’d like to talk […]

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 9:59 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,