A survey of journalism job loss in Canada

We invite you to participate in a research study that aims to understand what happens to journalists in Canada after they experience job loss in journalism (layoffs or voluntary buyouts). Canadian media industries continue to restructure and layoff media workers since the 2008 recession, and little is known about what happens after journalists leave their media organizations. This research will give us insight into the role that layoffs and forced career changes are playing in the ongoing transformation of Canadian journalism.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Nicole Cohen (Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga) and Dr. Andrea Hunter (Department of Journalism, Concordia University), and is a collaboration with a research team studying job loss in Australian journalism.

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible if you are at least 18 years old, you identify as a journalist who works or who used to work in any format of journalism in Canadian media industries, and you experienced job loss (a layoff or buyout) from 2012-present. The survey is available in English and French.

What does participation require?

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and no identifying information will be collected from participants. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or discontinue your involvement at any time without penalty.

There are no known risks involved from participating in this study. Participation in the present study does not hinder your ability to participate in other concurrent studies or in future studies about journalism in Canada. You do not waive any legal rights by consenting to participate in the survey.

Benefits from the study

Your participation in the study will contribute to furthering our understanding of job loss in Canadian journalism and the consequences for journalists’ work and lives. This is the first study to examine journalism job loss in Canada and will give journalists and researchers insight into the dynamics of restructuring in Canadian media.

Confidentiality of information and intellectual property

Information collected from the survey will be stored on a password-protected computer in the researchers’ offices. No identifying information will be collected from survey participants—the survey is designed to protect participants’ anonymity.

 Consent to participate

You consent to participate in this study by participating in the online survey. You will not be compensated for participating in the study.


If you have questions about this study, please contact Dr. Nicole Cohen at 905-828-3906 or nicole.cohen@utoronto.ca, or Dr. Andrea Hunter at 514-848-2424 ext. 2485 or andrea.hunter@concordia.ca. You are also welcome to contact us if, in the future, you would like citations for the published results of the survey.

If you have any questions about this research or about your rights as a participant in the study, please contact the University of Toronto’s Office of Research Ethics at ethics.review@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3273 and/or Manager, Research Ethics, Concordia University, 514.848.2424 ex. 7481 or oor.ethics@concordia.ca.

Link to French version of this website.