Open File seeks writers

The following is a message to PWAC Quebec members from Caroline Boily, the Montreal editor for the local collaborative news site OpenFile.ca. The local community news website, co-founded by PWAC Quebec member and National VP Craig Silverman, launched in Toronto last spring. OpenFile has freelance journalists covering the news in several cities across Canada and is expanding to Montreal.

Here’s the scoop:

We’re looking for journalists who want to write, take photos and/or do video for us. We pay $200 for 500 words article or equivalent project. The Montreal site will up and running at the end of April and a landing page will be online within the next few weeks.

As well as the traditional pitch from a freelancer, members of the community can “open files,” which is essentially pitching a story — “Why are all the tree’s in my neighbourhood being cut down?” — and if the pitch is good the editor can then assign it to a journalist like you.

For now, you can visit openfile.ca, and check out what other cities have done. For more information about the openfile and how it works, take a look at http://www.openfile.ca/about-openfile and http://www.openfile.ca/how-does-openfile-work.

If you would like to collaborate, please write me at caroline@openfile.ca. Tell me more about you work experience and which Montréal neighbourhood you live in. I’ll keep you informed about our launch date.

PS: tell her Craig sent you!

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