Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Boycott of Transcontinental Media titles now promoted by new website

The coalition of Canadian writers' organizations that are promoting a boycott of Transcontinental Media magazines, have launched a website called Bad Writing Contracts. The site is another tool in a kit that includes a blog, a Facebook group and posts on Twitter.

The boycott focuses on a proposed master agreement that Transcontinental is imposing on all freelance writers who work for any of its dozens of consumer or b2b magazines. Spokesmen for the coalition, Derek Finkle of the Canadian Writers Group (an agency) and David Johnston, then executive director of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) met with Transcontinental executives in July, but were rebuffed. On September 30, the coalition issued a press release calling for all writers to boycott all Transcontinental Media magazines.

The new site calls on writers and their supporters to get involved by (among other things) refusing to sign the contract and encouraging other writers to do the same, phoning Transon editors, urging their friends and families not to subscribe to Transcon titles and writing letters to local MPs saying that federal funding should not support magazines that refuse to treat writers fairly.

Little has been heard from either side since the press release was issued at the end of September, but the launch of the website is an indication that a settlement of this dispute is nowhere in sight.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only they had called it "Bad Publishing Contracts."

10:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys,

All you need is an anonymous messageboard where we can post info about various magazines: slow to pay, deadbeat, rude editors, etc.

I'll bet that kind of info would help clean up the industry quickly and keep editors from abusing freelancers very quickly.

11:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed that SWEAT's "letter of support" doesn't actually endorse or join the boycott of Transcon? It seems a handy way to suck and blow at the same time: keep writing for Transcon titles/collect money from big, bad Transcon, yet seem to be in solidarity with the boycott and "walk the front lines" against the master contract. What hypocrisy!

7:11 pm  

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