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[Commlist] New Book: New Media Unions

Tue Sep 15 08:43:10 GMT 2020

*Book announcement: New Media Unions


New Media Unions: Organizing Digital Journalists

Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter

Book website: <>

From BuzzFeed to the /Los Angeles Times/, over 70 newsrooms have unionized since 2015. /New Media Unions/ documents a historic and ongoing moment in the digital media industry that has brought thousands of media workers into the labour movement. Based on interviews with journalists and union organizers, the book maps the process of labour organizing, foregrounding journalists’ voices.

Cohen and de Peuter examine what motivates union drives, then follow journalists through the making of a union from scratch. They explore how journalists strategically self-organize, apply their communication skills to alternative ends, generate affective bonds of solidarity, and build power to confront anti-union campaigns and bargain first contracts, winning significant gains and drafting a new labour code for journalism in a digital age.

The book demonstrates that if journalism is to have a future, it must be organized. /New Media Unions/ shows that labour organizing is not just about improving working conditions for individuals. It is a broader effort to build organizational infrastructure to transform journalism, making it more accessible and inclusive for those whose commitment to journalistic ideals keeps them in such a volatile industry.

Early praise for /New Media Unions/:


“Cohen and de Peuter have written a timely and invaluable book based on meticulous research and trenchant analysis. The recent surge of labor organizing within media institutions deserves far more attention and this pioneering work promises to become a field-defining text in journalism studies and political economy. Underscoring the vital need for unionizing journalists, this book should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central role of class politics and increasing precarity within the rapidly changing media landscape”

- Victor Pickard, author of Journalism Without Democracy: Confronting the Misinformation Society **

“At once informative and inspiring, /New Media Unions/ is a remarkable book about dramatic recent changes in both the virtual networks and class relations of North America. Cohen and de Peuter show how unionization has seized the imagination of young journalists in digital newsrooms across North America. Rigorously researched and analytically sharp, yet eminently readable, /New Media Unions/ challenges every preconception about individualistic digital culture, depoliticized millennials and the futility of workplace organizing: it shows the path to a workers’ Internet.”

- Nick Dyer-Witheford, author of Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex

A Timeline of Digital Media Unionization

Visit our organizing timeline chronicling successful union drives from 2015 to the present: <>

Available in e-book and hardcover: <>

20% discount code:HUT20

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