Query smarts: how to increase your batting average

By Sandra Phinney I’ve heard editors say that upwards of 80 percent of the queries they receive are deleted without reading further than the end of the first paragraph. Why? It all comes down to three things: writers don’t know the readership of the magazine writers are not tuned into the content, tone and style […]

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Tips for making it as a freelancer in Canada

Media workers meet in Halifax to discuss worker’s rights By Rebecca Hussman  CMG Freelance and CWA Canada hosted an event for media workers at The Company House in Halifax last week, focusing on workers’ rights and making it in the industry as a freelancer. The event began with a brief presentation on building a sustainable […]

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Tricks of the trade: clever tips for finding stories at conferences

by Lesley Evans Ogden   How do you nab great stories at conferences? That’s a question I’ve been toying with a lot lately, because in late December 2015, I had the opportunity to attend The Society For Marine Mammalogy Conference in San Francisco. There, I was one of 14 COMPASS Journalist Fellows scouring the scene […]

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Allie Wilkinson: A “how did you do it?” profile.

by Lesley Evans Ogden Allie Wilkinson is a Washington DC based freelance science journalist. I met her at a freelancer workshop called Courage Camp in Colorado in August 2014, and since that time, I’ve followed her online and seen her career flourish. Wilkinson is the founder of a blog called, “This is what a scientist […]

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

John Vaillant on high-impact non-fiction writing

by Rachel Sanders Master storyteller John Vaillant delivered a highly concentrated dose of non-fiction writing advice last weekend at a day-long workshop in Vancouver that was part of The Tyee’s fall Master Class series. The author of the award-winning and bestselling books The Golden Spruce and The Tiger took an intense dive into the processes and narrative techniques necessary to create stories that grab […]

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Deadly sins of freelancing

by Lesley Evans Ogden   Relationships. Every successful freelancer knows that healthy professional relationships are everything. So if things aren’t going so well, perhaps it’s time to take a close look at whether you might be doing something that is annoying your editor/producer/client. To dive into the pet peeves that drive these people nuts, I […]

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

How Many Hoops Are You Willing to Jump Through?

By Ann Douglas My friend Jen went through a series of 25 interviews before she was ultimately named editor-in-chief of a major consumer magazine. That’s a lot of hoops to jump through in the hope of landing a job—but, then again, it was a pretty nice job, complete with a rather droolworthy salary and a […]

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 7 Comments · Tagged with: ,

Simultaneous pitching – views from the other side of the desk

by Lesley Evans Ogden For freelance journalists and producers, pitching is a make or break activity. And the traditional advice doled out to freelancers pitching their stories has been that simultaneous pitching – pitching the same story to multiple outlets simultaneously – is a no-no. Recently, this blog post by Scott Carney suggested that simultaneous […]

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 4 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Good news from the magazine industry: business media’s thriving

by Rachel Sanders Good news about the publishing industry is rare these days. So when Don Genova heard some, he came straight to Story Board to share it with his freelance colleagues. Genova, a freelance food and travel writer and president of the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Branch, had run into an old friend – an editor […]

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Turning a No Into a Yes

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 selling your freelance services one of the greatest assets to possess is the ability to turn a “no” into a “yes”. Of course, […]

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,