Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information). She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University. Nicole researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly labour and organizing in the media and cultural industries, the political economy of social media, alternative media, and journalism. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, examining the labour conditions and collective organizing efforts of freelance journalists in Canada. She collaborates with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on a SSHRC-funded project, Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they are editing a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique on “Interrogating Internships” (spring 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 in books and journals, including tripleC, Feminist Media Studies, Just Labour, Democratic Communiqué, and the Canadian Journal of Communication. 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 19, 2012 at Ryerson University and is co-organizing 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). As a journalist, Nicole wrote for The Toronto Star, Eye Weekly, This Magazine, Briarpatch, Herizons, Broken Pencil, Canadian Dimension, NOW Magazine, and rabble.ca. In 2013, her co-authored article with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy for Briarpatch magazine—”Iterns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting.