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Nicole Blanchett

Associate Professor
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 556390
BAA Journalism, Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University)
Master's of Professional Communication, Royal Roads University
PhD, Media and Communications, Bournemouth University
JRN 103: Introduction to Journalism (Fall 2023)
JRN 843: Reimagining the News (Fall 2023)
JRN 105: Multimedia News Reporting (Winter 2024)
JRN 314: Reporting for TV Workshop (Winter 2024) 

Dr. Nicole Blanchett is an Associate Professor in and a graduate of the School of Journalism who specializes in multiplatform and digital production. Her current research focuses on journalistic role performance, the use of audience data in newsrooms, and the changing boundaries and definitions of journalism. She is on the editorial board of the online journal Facts and Frictions, a reviewer for a number of other peer-reviewed publications based outside of Canada, a contributor to J-Source, and acts as a judge for the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Awards. She is the principal investigator of the Canadian team of the international Journalistic Role Performance project, member of the Canadian branch of the Worlds of Journalism Study, and part of the editorial team of the Local News Data Hub. Her master’s thesis for Royal Roads University focused on participatory journalism and was awarded the Diana Beeson Memorial Award for a thesis demonstrating excellence of scholarship, and her doctoral research at Bournemouth University explored the impact of metrics and analytics on decision making in six newsrooms in Canada and Europe. Findings from that research have been presented internationally and published in Journalism PracticeDigital Journalism, and on her own blog Redefining Journalism. Before joining the world of academia, Blanchett was a news producer and writer at Citytv in Toronto.

  • Metrics and analytics
  • Audience engagement 
  • Journalistic role performance
  • Boundaries of journalism
  • Local news
  • News processes/media logic
  • Master’s thesis Redefining journalism: Convergence in the public sphere nominated for Governor General’s Gold Medal Award, winner of the Diana Beeson Memorial Award for a thesis demonstrating excellence in scholarship
  • Co-supervised or supervised multiple student projects recognized nationally and internationally, including website projects that were finalists in the Data Journalism and Online Journalism (ONA) Awards, winners/finalists at the national Emerge Media Awards, and individual student entries at the Broadcast Educator and RTDNA awards
  • Winner Citytv Scholarship for Most Outstanding Broadcast Journalist student at Ryerson
  • Canadian Association of Journalist
  • Canadian Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
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