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The New Version of the CFG Job Bank is LIVE!!!


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The Canadian Freelance Guild’s Job Bank was one of the first member services launched following our founding in early 2020 with the merger of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Branch. And despite its [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer Gets Hacked!


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Please allow my holiday gift to you to be this advice: Never take your online safety for granted. When you least expect it, you might be manipulated by the most simple and basic social engineering.

Our New Member Services Page


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Not long ago, navigating the services that CFG offers on our website meant visiting a land of links from a drop-down menu with no way to get a quick, broad view of what’s on offer to members, or even basic [Read the full article…]

Journalism or Content Writing


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Journalism or content writing? A journalism grad will spend in the neighbourhood of $50,000 to obtain a degree (then fight tooth and nail to get a foot in the door), content writers can watch a few videos, throw up a five-minute website on Weebly or Wix and be off to the races.

The Born Freelancer Talks with Mary Ito About Podcasting


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Mary Ito’s latest bold venture has been to return to freelancing in order to take on a number of projects including an exciting new challenge: podcasting. Never one to do anything by half-measures, it will surprise no one familiar with her work to learn Ito has launched not one but two original podcasts this year.

Why I killed my newsroom career

Megan DeLaire
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I still want to be a journalist. I quit my last full-time job in October and started freelancing. I sell single malt scotch whisky at a Scottish public house on weekends for extra cash. I have enough energy to develop interests I didn’t study in university. I’ve started a podcast about outdoor adventure sports. I don’t have an office job. I don’t have a salary. I don’t have the career I planned for. I’m fine with that. I am happier. I have control.

The Born Freelancer Reveals: Secrets of Where I Like to Work


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For me, the craft of writing has three distinct phases: Prep, Writing and Editing. Each requires its own separate and ideal circumstances for my maximum prolificness.

The Born Freelancer Examines Teaching: A Post-Pandemic Primer


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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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. In my previous column, on Ageism, I [Read the full article…]

The Born Freelancer Tackles an Age-old Prejudice


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Ageism may be the last great prejudice that goes unchallenged. The Born Freelancer offers advice on how to keep your freelance career going when faced with ageism in the media industry.

CWA Canada, human rights group help journalist escape Afghanistan


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By Roberta Staley For CWA Canada Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, while heading for the Nangarhar Highway in a hired car, Raihan Tamanna glanced back for the last time at the fading lights of Kabul. The road was [Read the full article…]