In conjunction with the Wages for Facebook exhibit and campaign at the Blackwood Gallery (located at the University of Toronto Mississauga), we have organized a five-session reading group that takes a critical look at social media. The reading group is free and open to the public. Please get in touch if you’d like to join … Continue reading Participation or Exploitation? A Reading Group on Critical Perspectives on Social Media
We are excited to host the Union for Democratic Communications 2015 conference at the University of Toronto, May 1-3 2015. The theme for this conference is Circuits of Struggle. The call for papers can be found on our conference website.
We are editing a special issue of the journal tripleC on internships. Call for Papers: Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique Interrogating Internships Edited by Nicole S. Cohen (University of Toronto Mississauga), Greig de Peuter (Wilfrid Laurier University), Enda Brophy (Simon Fraser University) When publisher Condé Nast cancelled its internship program in October … Continue reading Call for papers: Interrogating internships
I’m participating on a panel on the intern economy at York University on October 3, along with some excellent speakers. The event is part of the Global Labour Speakers Series, organized by York’s new Global Labour Research Centre.
I’m speaking at this event on September 24 in Toronto. As the event invitation explains, “Writers and content creators tell stories, and the world can’t get enough good storytelling. The trick is to get paid fairly, or to get paid at all.” I’ll be on a panel with Ann Douglas, who recently quit her Toronto … Continue reading Yes, We are Worthy: Making it in the Freelance World
Jaclyn Law interviewed me about my research on the labour conditions of freelance journalism in Canada. Jaclyn asked very thoughtful questions and gave me lots of space to discuss my research. Here is part one, and here is part two (also posted in full on Jaclyn’s blog, Edit Fish).
I am pleased to announce that an article I co-wrote with Greig de Peuter and Enda Bropy, “Interns Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose (Literally),” is a finalist won the CWA Canada/Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Labour Reporting. The article was published in Briarpatch‘s 2012 labour issue and looks at reactions and resistance to … Continue reading CWA Canda/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting
I was excited to receive in the mail my copy of The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture, edited by Matthew P. McAllister and Emily West (Routledge 2013). I have a chapter in the book titled “Commodifying Free Labor Online: Social Media, Audiences, and Advertising” that examines the relationship between, as the title indicates, … Continue reading Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture
Greig de Peuter, Enda Brophy and I have published an article in the labour issue of Briarpatch, as part of our collaborative investigation into labour activism in the cultural industries. We are in excellent company: articles in the issue examine “right-to-work” legislation in Saskatchewan, women working in trades in Newfoundland, and the healthcare crisis facing migrant … Continue reading Interns of the cultural industries, unite!
I was on the organizing committee for a one-day conference called Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times, held at Ryerson University on October 19, sponsored by the Centre for Labour Management Relations. This is how we described the conference: Canada’s cultural sector is booming, yet employment in these industries is increasingly precarious. … Continue reading Will Work For Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times