CMG Freelance members gain access to National NewsMedia Council support

As part of a new agreement between the two organizations, CMG Freelance members are now able to access the National NewsMedia Council’s pre-publication support and ethics advice. The council is offering consulting and support via phone or email to freelance journalists who need ethical advice on sensitive stories. The council was established in 2015 as […]

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancers reach settlement agreement with Ebony magazine

The National Writers Union has reached a settlement agreement with Ebony magazine over its failure to pay freelancers for their work. The union reported today on its website that the settlement means 45 freelance writers, editors and designers will get paid the $80,000 they are collectively owed by the magazine. The NWU, an American trade union that […]

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 2:27 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

National Writers Union settles freelance non-payment grievance

The National Writers Union settled a grievance last week on behalf of twenty freelancers who are owed money by the American science magazine Nautilus. The NWU, an American trade union that represents freelance writers, published an open letter to Nautilus in December stating that the magazine was in breach of multiple contracts and owed a […]

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Isn’t Free Act becomes law in New York City

Yesterday was a historic day for freelancers. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which was spearheaded by the Freelancers Union during a year-long campaign last year, became law in New York City. The #FreelanceIsntFree Act started with freelancers and the institution they built. That’s the power of a union. — Sara Horowitz (@Sara_Horowitz) May 15, 2017 […]

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

New York City “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act passes

In a landmark victory, New York City Council has voted to protect freelancers against client nonpayment. The Freelance Isn’t Free bill was spearheaded by the Freelancers Union and passed today after a year-long campaign. It requires clients to use contracts for freelance work, allows freelancers to file complaints with the Department of Labor Standards against non-paying clients, and […]

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Improved CBC freelance contract coming soon

The CMG has negotiated a new collective agreement that will see improved working conditions for CBC freelance contributors. The pending freelancer issues that we reported on late last year were resolved at a negotiating session in mid-December. The new agreement will see base rates for freelancers increase at the same rate as salaries will increase for employees […]

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

2014: A New Era for Freelancers, Solidarity and Unionism

By datejie cheko green, Canadian Media Guild As freelancers we cherish our independence. That’s why few could be faulted for mistaking “freelancer’s union” as a dictionary illustration of an oxymoron. Yet we’ve just come through an unprecedented year of shared trials (as foretold and reported by the editor of this publication in 2013: The Year […]

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Le Devoir: TC Media freelance contract changed

The Montreal paper Le Devoir is reporting that TC Media – publisher of such magazines as Elle Canada, Style at Home and Canadian Living – has revised the contentious freelance contract that they introduced earlier this year. That contract demanded full copyright and a waiver of moral rights from its freelance contributors and provoked a widespread outcry from freelance […]

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:00 am by story board · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Freelancers and crowdfunding

We all know how tough a career in journalism has become over the past few years. Newspapers are in poor shape, many magazines are struggling, and CBC has been hit with budget cut after budget cut. This week, J-Source took a close look at how all of this affects freelancers, with a post on the challenges […]

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 9:05 am by Rachel · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

New audio app offers collaborative potential

“It’s like Google Docs, but for audio,” says The Scope at Ryerson of the new app they’re developing. Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, one of the leads on the project, says the enRUe app will allow several people to work on the same audio file remotely, making edits and adding comments that can be seen by all participants. […]

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,