Q&A: The Born Freelancer talks with Sam Levene about the life and times of CBC Radio drama

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? Your input is welcome in the comments. As a follow up to my previous post about the death of CBC Radio drama I contacted CMG freelancer Sam Levene whose excellent […]

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 9:54 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The Born Freelancer says goodbye to CBC Radio drama

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? Your input is welcome in the comments. When this year is reviewed many significant deaths will be noted. None feel more deserving of attention today than the announced termination of […]

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:45 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

How will the CBC cuts affect you?

The news that the CBC would lose 10 per cent of its budget — $115 million over three years — was worrying to both CBC employees and the millions of Canadians who watch, listen and read what it produces. But now we know who will feel those cuts most acutely. The details of the CBC […]

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Tune in: Radio freelancing tips from the Born Freelancer

This column by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. 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 […]

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The view from over here

Do journalists working in various media really perceive each other like the above image suggests? Of course, David Cohn, who made the chart, is having a bit of fun with the stereotypes about people who work in print versus broadcast versus online versus data journalism. But, joking aside, it seems worthwhile to ask how deeply […]

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 9:29 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Tim Knight on The National

Well, okay, Tim Knight wasn’t on The National. At least not lately. But Knight—who wrote, reported for, and produced the show in the ’70s—has a lot to say about its current state, and he wrote about it for J-Source. In summary, he thinks it stinks. Knight zeroes in on July 7 of this year, the […]

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 10:23 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Reactions to the Nagata Saga, Storified

[View the story “Canadian Journalists React to Kai Nagata’s Manifesto” on Storify]

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

A freelancer, an undead dog, and the CBC

Every once in a while, a story comes along that goes beyond telling us one person’s experiences in freelancing and manages to encapsulate what working conditions are like for many freelance journalists working in Canada today. It shows trends in the business we’ve all seen but find hard to explain to friends and family who […]

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:43 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

Taking stock: what have previous freelancer surveys uncovered?

Keeping track of what’s happening in the media field is of benefit to everyone, whether you’re on staff, in management, or a freelancer. When negotiating terms for your own work, knowing industry standards and how other freelancers are faring is essential. And when collective action is called for, having hard data to back up your […]

Sun News Network: the Right stuff

Yesterday, some unsuspecting late-afternoon channel surfers were likely puzzled by the sudden appearance of the Sun News Network on their screens. It sprang into action at 5 p.m. (after a half-hour preview), just in time to greet 9-to-5ers, still angry from their long commutes home and primed for the pundits’ right-leaning rants. The long-term ratings […]

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:07 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,