Nicole Cohen, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga and co-founder of Shameless magazine, will edit the section dedicated to coverage of contract negotiations, internships, outsourcing and layoffs in Canadian journalism.

By Bruce Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief

Today, we launch a new section on J-Source dedicated to covering work and labour issues in Canadian journalism. At a time when work in our industry seems more precarious than ever, as news of layoffs and closures seems to come on a weekly basis, this section seems more timely than ever. Our Work and Labour section will provide regular news, analysis and commentary on a wide range of issues, including contract negotiations, internships, outsourcing and layoffs.

The section will be edited by Nicole Cohen, who is an assistant professor in the Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology at the University  of Toronto Mississauga. Cohen’s research about labour issues has been published in a number of journals, including Canadian Journal of Communication, Democratic Communique and Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society.


Readers may also be familiar with Cohen’s work as a journalist: she was the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, a feminist magazine for teens, and her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Toronto Star, Eye Weekly, This Magazine, Briarpatch and Herizons.

The first contribution to the Work and Labour section comes from well-known author and magazine writer Ann Douglas, who writes about ending her long-running column in the Toronto Star after being presented with a new, non-negotiable freelance agreement. It’s a great piece with which to launch our new Work and Labour section, and I hope you’ll find it as interesting, inspiring and timely as I did.

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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.