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Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2020. New Media Unions: Organizing Digital Journalists. Routledge.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2016. Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.


Greig de Peuter, Nicole S. Cohen, and Enda Brophy, eds. 2015. Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Industries, and Higher EducationtripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 13(2): 329-605.


Nicole Cohen. 2022. “Work.” A playlist for the Canadian Journal of Communication 47(2): 399-405.

Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2022. “Collectively Confronting Journalists’ Precarity Through Unionization.” In Newswork and Precarity, edited by Kalyani Chadha and Linda Steiner. London: Routledge. 203-216.

Andrea Hunter, Penny O’Donnell and Nicole Cohen. 2021. “Not “Just Another Job”: Journalism as Public Service.” Journalists and Job Loss, edited by Timothy Marjoribanks, Lawrie Zion, Penny O’Donnell, and Merryn Sherwood. London: Routledge. 118-129.

Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2020. “What’s Behind the New Push for Unionization by Journalists.” The Conversation, August 31.

Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2019. “Write, Post, Unionize: Journalists and Self-Organization.” Notes From Below 7.

Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2019. “Interns Talk Back: Disrupting Media Narratives About Unpaid Work.” Political Economy of Communication 6(2): 3–24.

Nicole S. Cohen, Andrea Hunter and Penny O’Donnell. 2019. “Bearing the Burden of Corporate Restructuring: Job Loss and Precarious Employment in Canadian Journalism.” Journalism Practice. Online Jan. 2019.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2019. “At Work in the Digital Newsroom.” Digital Journalism 7(5): 571-591.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2018. “Making It In A Freelance World.” In Making Media: Production, Practices, and Professions, edited by Mark Deuze and Mirjam Prenger, Amsterdam University Press, 235-246.

Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2018. “’I Work at Vice Canada and I Need a Union’: Organizing Digital Media.” In Labour Under Attack: Anti-Unionism in Canada, edited by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood, 114-128.

Greig de Peuter, Kate Oakley and Nicole Cohen. 2018. “How Youth Activism is Kicking Unpaid Internships to the Curb.” The Conversation, June 5.

Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, and Francesca Saraco. 2017. “The Ambivalence of Coworking: On the Politics of an Emerging Work Practice.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 20(6): 687-706.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2017. “Freelancing as the Good Life”? International Journal of Communication 11, Forum 2030–2032.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2016. “Hustle.” Surplus3: Labour and the Digital. Edited and published by Letters and Handshakes. 

Nicole Cohen. 2016. “Freelancers’ Dues: Getting Paid in a Digital Age.” Doing Innovation (the University of Texas), Feb. 10.

Nicole Cohen. 2016. “What Union Drive at Vice Canada Means for the Future of Journalism.” NOW  Magazine, Feb. 2.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2015. “Cultural Work as a Site of Struggle: Freelancers and Exploitation.” In Marx and the Political Economy of the Media, edited by Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco. Brill/Haymarket, 36-64.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2015. “Entrepreneurial Journalism and the Precarious State of Media Work.” South Atlantic Quarterly 114(3): 513-533.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2015. “From Pink Slips to Pink Slime: Transforming Media Labour in a Digital Age.” The Communication Review 18(2): 98-122.

Enda Brophy, Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2015. “Labour Messaging: Practices of Autonomous Communication.” The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media, edited by Richard Maxwell. New York: Routledge, 315-326.

Greig de Peuter and Nicole S. Cohen. 2015. “Emerging Labour Politics in Creative Industries.” In Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, edited by Kate Oakley and Justin O’Connor, 305-318. New York, Routledge.

Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2015. “The Art of Collective Bargaining: An Interview with Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge.” Canadian Journal of Communication 40(2): 333-346.

Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2015. “Creative Accounting: W.A.G.E.’s Fight for Artists Fees.” Frieze, April, 25-26.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2014. Review of The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor, Labour/Le Travial 74, 377-379.

Greig de Peuter, Enda Brophy and Nicole S. Cohen. 2014. “Locating Labour in Mobile Media Studies.” In The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, edited by Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth, 439-449. New York: Routledge.

Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2014. “Building Infrastructure: An Interview with Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge.” Precarious: Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, edited by Letters and Handshakes. Waterloo, ON Robert Langen Art Gallery, 87-93.

Nicole Cohen and Greig de Peuter. 2013. “The Politics of Precarity: Can the Urban Worker Strategy Address Precarious Employment For All?Briarpatch, November-December, 6-9.

Nicole Cohen. 2013. Review of Cultural Industries.ca: Making Sense of Canadian Media in the Digital AgeCanadian Journal of Communication 38(13).

Nicole S. Cohen. 2013. “Commodifying Free Labor Online: Social Media, Audiences, and Advertising.” In The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. Emily West and Matthew McAllister, eds., 177-191. New York: Routledge.

2013. Q&A with Nicole Cohen about freelance journalists and collective organizing. Masthead, May 17. Part 2, Part 1.

Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen and Enda Brophy. 2012. “Interns of the Creative Industries, Unite. You Have Nothing to Lose—Literally.” Briarpatch, November/December, 8-12. Co-authored with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy. (Winner of the 2012 CWA Canada/Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Labour Reporting).

  • Italian translation: “Stagisti di tutto il mondo unitevi!” 2014. Alias 17(21): 2-4.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2012. “Cultural Work as a Site of Struggle: Freelancers and Exploitation.” tripleC: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation 10(2): 141-155.

  • Turkish translation: “Bir Mücadele Alanı Olarak Kültürel İş: Freelance Çalışanlar ve Sömürü.” Marx Geri Döndü ed. Vincent Mosco, Christian Fuchs, Funda Başaran. Nota Bene, 45-81, 2014.

Nicole Cohen. 2012. “How Much do Freelance Journalists Make?” J-Source.ca – The Canadian Journalism Project, September 12.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2012. “From Alienation to Autonomy: The Labour of Alternative Media.” In Alternative Media in Canada, edited by Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner, 207-225. University of British Columbia Press.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2011. “Negotiating Writers’ Rights: Freelance Cultural Labour and the Challenge of Organizing.” Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society 17 & 18: 119–138.

Nicole Cohen, Sonja Macdonald, Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner. 2011. “Making Media Public: From Discussion to Action?” Canadian Journal of Communication 36: 169–178.

Nicole Cohen. 2010. “Beyond The Margins: A Roundtable on Radical Publishing.” Upping The Anti 10.

Nicole S. Cohen. 2008. “The Valorization of Surveillance: Towards a Political Economy of Facebook.” Democratic Communiqué 22(1): 5–22.

Nicole S. Cohen and Leslie Shade. 2008. “Gendering Facebook: Privacy and Commodification.” Feminist Media Studies 8(2): 208–212.