Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer March 26–April 1, 2012

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, publishing, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

From Canada:

From the U.S. and beyond:

From Story Board last week:

  • Canadian Writers Group launches ebook venture with Russell Smith’s Blindsided: This week, CWG launched a series of non-fiction ebooks with novelist and Globe columnist Russell Smith’s Blindsided, a story of about 5,500 words that details the writer’s struggle with a severe eye condition that threatens both his lifestyle and his ability to work at an already tumultuous time in his life. The $1.99 ebook, available in Kobo’s “Short Reads” section, is a slightly longer version of a story published in the April issue of Toronto Life. CWG negotiated with the magazine so Smith could keep digital rights to the piece.
  • Tune in: Radio freelancing tips from the Born Freelancer: Today’s working freelancers need to have as many skill sets as they can comfortably manage in order to pursue their storytelling on as many platforms as possible. Radio is in many ways the language-based storyteller’s most ideal mass medium. Like print, it can offer great focus on important ideas. Unlike television there are no visuals to dominate the viewer’s senses. But the additional nuances of the human voice can lend texture and unparalleled meaning to any news report, interview or work of fiction. So how does the novice break into radio freelancing? And is it even possible to make a living as a freelancer in it?

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