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 digital journalism. She is completing a book manuscript on 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 edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique, Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education, which was published in September 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 Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy for Briarpatch—”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).