Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and holds a graduate appointment in U of T’s Faculty of Information. She researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly work and labour in the media and cultural industries, media and cultural worker labour organizing, and journalism. Her book, Negotiating Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age, is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Nicole collaborated with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique: Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education (2015).
Nicole edits the Work and Labour section of J-Source.ca and is on the steering committee of the Union for Democratic Communication. Her academic research has been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines, including South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, tripleC, Feminist Media Studies, Democratic Communiqué, Canadian Journal of Communication, Frieze, and Briarpatch. In 2013, her co-authored article with de Peuter and Brophy —”Interns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting. In 2010, Nicole co-organized a national conference called Making Media Public, which brought together media makers, union members, and academics to discuss the challenges and possibilities for transforming media in Canada. She was on the organizing committee for the conference Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times, held October 2012 at Ryerson University and co-organized the Union for Democratic Communications 2015 conference.
Nicole is the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, an independent feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth that has been publishing since 2004 (she currently sits on the board of directors).