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BY  J Source

Getting laid off sucks. It upends your life. It adds a financial strain you never signed up for. It drains you both mentally and physically. But losing your job during a global health pandemic? That can topple whatever fragile semblance of balance you’ve cobbled together over the last year.

There aren’t many resources for laid-off journalists. When it comes to figuring out the next career move, naturally, some may gravitate towards freelancing, which is making up a growing part of the industry, according to Jane Hawkes, who sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

“What’s ended up happening is that because of the economic reality, there are more and more freelancers who are going to need more and more support. That’s where we’re focusing on now,” said Hawkes.

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