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Spring Training for Journalists, April 24

Hey folks. This *very* affordable “Spring Training” event sponsored by the CA Media Workers Guild promises to be a good one. Details below!


California Media Workers is sponsoring “Spring Training: Reinventing Your Journalism Career” on Saturday, April 24 at the Ocean campus of City College of San Francisco.

Guild members get in free, including members of our freelance unit. Others pay $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

Sessions are designed to help journalists — including newsroom staffers, freelancers and students — gain the skills they need to survive in this changing industry.

Highlights include: * Tips on audio storytelling by Davia Nelson of NPR’s Kitchen Sisters * Welcoming remarks by Steve Fainaru, managing editor of The Bay Citizen (formerly known as the Bay Area News Project) * Sessions on new media skills by instructors from the Knight Digital Media Center * A multimedia workshop by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich * Help from a career coach experienced in the needs of journalists and other media workers * Sessions on freelancing, foreign reporting, writing nonfiction books and more

For details, download the attached PDFs or visit the Facebook page for this event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=112507132096601&ref=ts

To sign up, just e-mail register@mediaworkers.org

pdf iconspringtraining-schedule.pdf pdf iconspringtraining-presenterbios.pdf

training event from California Media Workers, Sat. April 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., SF

From the Freelancer’s Guild – training session is free to Guild members, pretty affordable for everyone else. Details below: -mia


This workshop is free to guild members, including freelance unit members, but RSVPs will help us plan. If it sounds like something you want to do, just send a note with your name and contact info toregister@mediaworkers.org

We hope to have a complete schedule out soon, but we already have confirmations from some really top-notch speakers and presenters.

If you have questions, e-mail me at modernsara@gmail.com

Attention all freelancers seeking HEALTH CARE

Important message from the Freelancer’s Guild. This is BIG! -mia



In the upcoming months, the Guild’s Freelancer unit will be negotiating a contract with a major health care provider that will offer rates far lower than what you could get on the open market as an individual.

It is vital that before we sit down to negotiate, we obtain the largest possible membership through your sign-ups because that membership size in turn will affect the amount of the annual rate unit that members pay.

So now is the time for any of you who are freelancing and facing the prospect of no benefits, expensive benefits or loss of benefits to join the unit so we have the largest possible group and thereby win the least costly and best possible health care plan for you.

Maybe you have health coverage for a few more months — if you were laid off by The Chronicle — or maybe you still are covered by your parents’ policy if you are a journalism student who is about to graduate. But if that coverage is due to end anytime soon, you are exactly the people who should be joining the freelance unit now so we can get a great health policy for you.

Along with the upcoming health plan, here are some of the benefits provided by the freelance unit for the fee of $144 a year:

College scholarships of $3,000 each for the 2010-2011 school year for members and their family members. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time scholarships are also available. $500 for families that open a new 529 college savings plan. Juried press pass eligibility.

Free Lynda.com membership for two weeks — long enough to learn some new programs or skills.

Membership in the Bay Media Federal Credit Union, which features low- cost loans, high-yield savings, and safe, secured deposits, competitive rates on IRA/Health Savings Accounts and (HSA)/Education Savings Accounts.

Union Plus, which offers mortgage assistance, discounts on legal counsel, tax services, car rentals, prescription drugs, electronics, and more, a low-cost credit card — and a 10 percent discount on AT&T service — great for those who use iPhones!

Free admission to monthly seminars on topics of value to freelancers, from filing taxes to pitching a non-fiction book to driving up traffic to your Web-based work.

You will become part of a group that advocates for better conditions for freelancers, promotes high standards in an age where journalism quality is deteriorating and allows members help one another deal with the hurdles of self-employment.

Please consider joining today. Log onto guildfreelancers.org and click on “Join Us.” Questions? Call Rebecca at 510-472-3024.

In solidarity, Rebecca Rosen Lum, Unit Chair Susan Sward, member, Guild Freelancers

Freelance Media Workers Guild survey

A survey from the Freelance Media Workers Guild – help them help you better. -mia


If you’re an independent journalist — writer, editor, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker, multi-media producer — and you live in Northern California, we want to hear from you.

Guild Freelancers is surveying area freelancers to learn more about their lives, their work and the local marketplace.

The resulting data will help us raise awareness about current issues facing freelancers, and will also help us tailor services to your needs. The 20-question survey is posted online and takes only about 15 minutes to complete.

Log onto http://guildfreelancers.org/gf/?p=494 and weigh in!

Rebecca Rosen Lum, Unit Chair Guild Freelancers freelance@mediaworkers.org