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Apr 17, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association presents "Freelance: How to do it right." This event features a panel of established freelance journalists that will discuss the ins and outs of freelancing. The comprehensive discussion will cover everything from how to make the perfect pitch to managing your finances as an independent journalist. Panelists include: John Lorinc (senior editor at Spacing Magazine, freelancer and author), Derek Finkle (founder of the Canadian Writers Group), Lauren McKeon (editor at This Magazine), and moderated by David Topping (freelancer for The Grid, The Globe and Mail and the National Post).

Mar 31, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Michael OReilly, president of the Canadian Freelance Union, pays tribute to the trail-blazing freelancer and her legacy. 

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

As the news industry continues to shed jobs, freelancing skills have never been more important for prospective journalists. So, what makes a good freelancer? How do you sell your work to different markets, including foreign media? What role does social media play in a freelancer’s career? We get the answers from two freelance journalists: Matt Braga, a former National Post technology reporter, and Andrew Livingstone, a former Toronto Star reporter. Join host Brennan Reid, a Wilfrid Laurier University journalism student, on Thursday, March 27 at 1 p.m. ET for this live chat. Tweet your questions for Braga and Livingstone using #FreelanceChat.

Mar 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A J-Source reader asked what he should look for in a freelance contract to make sure it is fair. Rebecca Collard, a Canadian freelance journalist working in the Middle East and North Africa, says understanding the business side of freelancing is sometimes the toughest part of the job and shares her advice. 

Mar 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Robertson, who co-founded the Writers’ Union of Canada, died at age 72 on Wednesday. She took on media giants on behalf of all Canadian freelancers whose work was reproduced in electronic databases without compensation—and she won.  

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Toronto-born freelance photographer Mustafa was one of eight people killed in Syria by a bomb on Sunday. 

Jan 16, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

There aren’t many freelancers who do what Justin Ling does. The Ottawa-based journalist spends his days in the Press Gallery covering the news coming out of Parliament Hill. He’s had his work published in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine and the Ottawa Citizen, but there are unique challenges that come with working as a freelance political reporter in Ottawa. Story Board phoned Ling last week to ask about the ups and downs of freelancing on The Hill.

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In journalism school, they teach you the “how tos” and “what-ifs” of entering the world of freelancing and don’t hold back on cautioning burgeoning writers about the perils that lie ahead. What they don’t teach you is how to become an entrepreneur, writes freelancer Adam Stanley. 

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Just as interns are beginning to question the value of unpaid internships that fail to provide any real training and low-income workers are rallying for the right to a living wage, Ann Douglas says freelance writers should stand together and remind employers and the reading public that there is value in our work. 

Sep 30, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Transcontinental Media has listened to freelancers and revised its latest contract so that contributors retain moral rights and copyright to their work. The contract is an improvement, says the Canadian Media Guild, but it still does not protect the best interests of the writer. 

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