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Nicole Blanchett

Associate Professor, Journalism, Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Nicole Blanchett is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). Her current research focuses on journalistic role performance, the use of audience data and technology in newsrooms, and the changing boundaries and definitions of journalism. A former news producer and writer at Citytv in Toronto, Blanchett also led the Journalism program at Sheridan College for ten years. Her undergraduate journalism study was at TMU (then known as Ryerson University), her master’s thesis for Royal Roads University focused on participatory journalism, and her doctoral research at Bournemouth University explored the impact of metrics and analytics on decision making in six newsrooms in Canada and Europe. She is the principle investigator for the Canadian team of the international Journalistic Role Performance study and steering committee member and project leader of the SSHRC funded Explanatory Journalism Project, among others. She is also on the editorial board of the online journal Facts and Frictions. Her research has been published in a variety of journals including Journalism Practice, Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies and on her own blog Redefining Journalism.


  • –present
    Assoc. Professor School of Journalism, Ryerson University


  • 2019 
    Bournemouth University, PhD Media and Communication


Diana Beeson Memorial Award for a thesis demonstrating excellence in scholarship; 2024 Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creativity Award (for Creative School faculty at TMU)