Please send to all staff and volunteers at your paper!

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 – 8 p.m. ( + social afterwards)
Where: Ryerson University, Oakham House, Room A/B*, 63 Gould St. (this room is wheelchair accessible)
Speakers: Bert Archer, Suzanne Bowness, Keith Maskell

Are you trying to decide what to do with your career post-student journalism? Ever wondered what it would be like to get paid for your work? Looking to jump into the exciting world of freelancing, but don’t know where to start?

You’re invited you to a panel discussion on how to become a successful freelancer! We have assembled a great panel of experts to answer all your questions.
How to make strong pitches
What to charge for your work
Strategies for making budgets and finding workspace
Tips for negotiating contracts

Bert Archer
Bert Archer started his career at the Varsity in is first year at U of T, and continued writing for it, while going on to write and eventually edit his college paper, The Mike, for the next four years. Since then, he’s been a writer, editor and columnist at Quill & Quire, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Xtra, Fab, Now, Eye Weekly, Toronto Life, Yonge Street Media and the Toronto Standard. He lives in Toronto and writes about travel, real estate, media and the city. You can find him

Suzanne Bowness
Suzanne Bowness is a freelance writer/editor with over ten years experience working for magazines, newspapers, and corporate clients. Starting her career as online editor for the late weekly Saturday Night magazine, she has since written for a wide variety of publications including The Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Maclean’s, Profit magazine, National Post, and Chatelaine, on topics from cycling in Cuba to performance reviews to pet care franchises to private school alumni networks to scholarly ebooks. She has also worked for a variety of corporate clients. Sue recently completed a PhD in English with a dissertation on nineteenth-century Canadian magazines. She is currently a Vice President with the Toronto Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Sue’s portfolio is available online at

Keith Maskell
Keith Maskell is a Staff Representative for the Canadian Media Guild, based in Toronto. He has negotiated collective agreements and individual engagement contracts with the CBC/Radio-Canada, The Canadian Press, TVO and other media enterprises. Since 1999 he has been the Guild’s staff resource person assigned to the CMG’s Freelance Branch. Initially dealing solely with freelancers engaged by CBC/Radio-Canada, the Freelance Branch is extending its reach to independent content creators in the Canadian media sector. Keith has also taught a number of labour education courses on conflict resolution and negotiating techniques. Before coming to the CMG, Keith worked as a television reporter and producer with CBC/Radio-Canada in Edmonton.

Please join us afterwards at the Ram in the Rye (just a few floors below) for snacks and drinks!

Hosted by The Eyeopener
Sponsored by Canadian University Press and CWA Canada

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