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Catherine McKercher

Professor Emerita


    Catherine McKercher holds a B.A., Carleton University, an M.J., Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Concordia University in Montreal. She joined the School in 1987 and taught at every level in the BJ and MJ programs, from first-year undergrads to final-year Master’s students.

    Her journalism career dates to 1970, when she was hired as a summer student at the Ottawa Journal. She returned to the newspaper for the next three summers and joined staff full-time in 1973, working as a general assignment reporter and education reporter. In 1975 she moved to The Canadian Press, working as a copy editor and Ontario legislature reporter in the Toronto bureau, then as a Washington correspondent from 1977-80. In 1984 she joined the Whig-Standard in Kingston, Ont. where she was the assistant city editor. She has also worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

    Prof. McKercher’s research concentrates on labour in the communication industries, including in journalism. She has been co-investigator on two projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on labour issues and has published extensively in the area. She also has a strong interest in journalism education.

    In 2014 she was named co-recipient of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s  Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award.



    The Canadian Reporter: News Writing and Reporting. Third Edition. Co-authored with Allan Thompson and Carman Cumming. Toronto: Nelson, 2010.

    Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains. Co-edited with Vincent Mosco and Ursula Huws. London: Merlin, 2010. Simultaneously published as Vol. 4, No. 1, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation.

    The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite? Co-authored with Vincent Mosco. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2008.

    Knowledge Workers in the Information Society. Co-edited with Vincent Mosco. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2007.

    Newsworkers Unite: Labor, Convergence and North American Newspapers. Lanham Md:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

    The Canadian Reporter: News Writing and Reporting. Co-authored with Carman Cumming. Toronto:  Harcourt Brace & Company, Canada, 1994; revised and updated second edition, 1998.

    Special Issues of Journals

    Guest co-editor, “The Labouring of Communication,” Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 2006.

    Recent Articles and Book Chapters

    “Precarious Times, Precarious Work: A feminist political economy of freelance journalists in Canada and the United States.” In Christian Fuchs and Marisol Sandoval (Eds.) Critique, Social Media and the Information Society. New York: Taylor and Francis/Routledge, 2013. Pages 219-230.

    “Introduction: Getting the message: communications workers and global value chains.” With Vincent Mosco. Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, Vol. 4, No. 1, Fall 2010. Pages 1-9.

    “Women’s Labour: Gender, Political Economy and the Information Society.” (In Chinese). In Tony Bing (Ed.) Technology, Institutions and the Media: 30 Years of Chinese Media Reform. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2010. Pages 100-111.

    “Writing on the margins: Precarity and the freelance journalist.” Commentary. Feminist Media Studies. Vol. 3, No. 9, September 2009. Pages 370-374.

    “Hollywood Unions and the Fight for Work.” In Janet Wasko (Ed.) Cross-Border Cultural Production: Economic Runaway or Globalization? Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2008. Pages 117-137.

    “Convergences: Elements of a Feminist Political Economy of Labor and Communication.” With Vincent Mosco and Andrew Stevens. In Katharine Sarikakis and Leslie Regan Shade (Eds.), Feminist Interventions in International Communication: Minding the Gap. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008. Pages 207-223.

    “Labour Unions in the Media.” The International Encyclopedia of Communications. London: Blackwell, 2008. Pages 2631-2636.

    “Divided They Stand: Hollywood Unions in the Information Age.” With V. Mosco. Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation. Vol. 1, No.1, January 2007. Pages 130-143. Simultaneously published in The Spark in the Engine, Ursula Huws, Ed., London: Merlin Press, 2007.


    Prof. McKercher has been a member of the judging panel for the Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism, a judge and member of the board of governors for the National Newspaper Awards, and a judge for the Canadian Association of Journalists awards.