freelance journalism

  • Understanding the publication is key to successful freelance pitches

    By AMANDA POPE Staff Reporter April 25, 2018 Tone-deaf pitches and failing to do adequate research on the publication are the biggest mistakes freelance journalists make when trying to sell editors on stories, experienced freelancers and editors said during a recent workshop at Ryerson’s School of Journalism. The half-day workshop, Getting Started: Conversations About How to Freelance, explored what it…

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  • Precarious employment for freelancers affects diversity of voices

    By AMANDA POPE Staff reporter April 8, 2018 The uncertainty and insecurity of the freelance life has major consequences including the elimination voices belonging to people who can’t afford such precarious employment and less investigative reporting, says author Nicole Cohen. In her new book, “Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age,” Cohen includes the results of an online survey…

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  • Middle East-based freelancer discusses new documentary “Freelancer on the Front Lines”

    By AMANDA POPE Staff reporter The room was silent as freelance journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described the horror of seeing a truck filled with corpses. Rosenfeld said he was in in Dar Bizmar, Iraq, when he saw the bodies of ISIS fighters loosely tied to the bumper of two flatbed trucks mounted with heavy machine guns. Dangling hands and feet dragged…

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  • Panelists urge aspiring freelancers to push for decent pay

    By MADDIE BINNING Special to the RJRC Freelance journalists starting out in the business should be wary of working for exposure instead of money, experts said in a recent Ryerson Journalism Research Centre webinar. The discussion, featuring Lauren McKeon, author and digital editor of The Walrus, vice president of the Canadian Freelance Union Ethan Clarke and Daily Xtra associate editor…

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