Uptake and Explanatory Journalism
Dr. Nicole Blanchett is an Associate Professor in and a graduate of the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University 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 Practice, Digital 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.