Some progress for Toronto Star freelancers

At a meeting last week with a coalition of freelancers, Toronto Star management confirmed that it has removed a clause from the contract for contributors to the Grid. The clause was intended to shield the publication from libel, placing more responsibility on the freelancer. The coalition, including members of the Canadian Media Guild, the Canadian […]

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 8:30 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Event for TorStar freelancers Thursday to discuss contracts

There’s an event Thursday afternoon in Toronto for freelancers who contribute to the Toronto Star and The Grid. It’s an opportunity to talk about the campaign to improve the freelance contracts that TorStar began imposing a year ago that give enormous rights to the publisher. The Toronto Star contract covers all work the freelancer has […]

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Signer beware: Libel clauses in some freelance contracts leave writers holding the bag

Clauses that make writers wholly responsible for defamatory language in magazine articles have been popping up in freelance contracts for a while now. Last fall, we mentioned that The Grid, owned by Torstar Corp., was distributing new freelance agreements with clauses that could leave writers exposed to counter-suits in the event a libel suit was […]

CWG/CMG representing Toronto Star and The Grid freelancers in talks with senior management

Do you freelance at the Toronto Star or The Grid? There have been talks between the Canadian Writers Group/Canadian Media Guild and the Star‘s senior management about the new freelance agreement at the paper, which contains a couple of, in our view, unnecessary and troublesome clauses. The most recent meeting took place in late August, […]

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,