Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards aim to support social justice writing in Canada

Dave Greber could talk about writing for hours on end. The Calgary-based freelancer had an unquenchable enthusiasm for storytelling.   “You could see him come alive discussing writing,” says Dave’s partner, Shirley Dunn.   Twenty years after his death, Greber’s passion lives on in the form of awards for freelancers that Dunn created in his […]

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2020 Forum Freelance Fund training bursary open for applications

Applications are now open for the 2020 Forum Freelance Fund competition. The fund offers bursaries of up to $2500 to help Canadian freelancers pay for hostile environment training. Bursaries must first be applied to course fees with the remainder to be used for travel costs. This year’s application deadline is April 10, 2020. Winners of […]

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Media freedom global pledge comes up short: CWA Canada

A media freedom global pledge that emerged from a London conference is laudable, but doesn’t go far enough, said CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon, who attended the July 10-11 gathering. “If you really want to make things better, you’ve got to hit the offenders in the pocket book,” said O’Hanlon. “Do that and things will improve overnight.” […]

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Applications open for 2019 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition

Applications are now open for the 2019 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition. Freelance journalists and independent documentary makers with projects that focus on human rights abuses can apply for the bursary, which provides the winner with $3000 to attend hostile environment training. The bursary is offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, which also […]

Applications open for the 2019 Forum Freelance Fund hostile environment training bursaries

Applications opened this week for the 2019 Forum Freelance Fund competition. The fund provides bursaries to help Canadian freelancers pay for hostile environment training. The deadline for this annual competition is April 13 2019. Winners of the bursaries (worth up to $2500) will be notified by May 31 and will have up to two months to choose […]

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Webinar: Handling The Physical and Emotional Realities of Journalism

Journalism can be a risky business – not just in conflict zones but in many domestic settings as well. The risks have grown steadily across the years, and no one is more vulnerable than the freelancer, working without the technical, physical and emotional support of a single employer, usually at a financial disadvantage too. CMG […]

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CMG Freelance Member Rachel Sanders named Landsberg Award finalist

By Don Genova Rachel Sanders is your Story Board editor, and while she would never blow her own horn here, as her supervisor, I’m taking over this post to do a little cheerleading on her behalf. Rachel is one of five finalists for this year’s Landsberg Award, given out each year by the Canadian Journalism Foundation […]

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm by editor · One Comment

From Canada to the Netherlands, freelancers seek community and solidarity

Freelancing is a solitary career. But increasingly, freelancers around the world are seeing the value of community. Unions like our own CMG Freelance here in Canada are attracting a growing number of freelance members. And in the Netherlands, union membership among media freelancers is growing even faster. According to Jim Verhoef, almost half of the […]

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The Born Freelancer on Role Models: In Appreciation of Arthur Black

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.   I believe the freelancer you evolve into as your career progresses will very much be influenced by those you encounter early in your […]

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

New tool for seeking diverse journalism sources

Freelance writers and journalists looking for ways to bring diversity into their reporting have a new tool at their disposal. Request A Woman Scientist helps journalists find scientific expertise from women for everything from interviews and panel discussions to workshops and conference keynotes. The site was created by 500 Women Scientists, a grassroots organization based […]

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