Mitch Diamantopoulos

Mitch Diamantopoulos

Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor
BA Honours (Sociology and Psychology) and MA (Social Studies), University of Regina, PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Saskatchewan.

Office: AH 105.22
[email protected]
Phone: 306-585-4092

Current classes
Fall 2022 – JRN 810; JRN 880; JRN 902

Research interests

  • Democratic philosophy and foundations of journalism
  • Journalism history, particularly in 19th Century Britain and on the Canadian Prairies
  • Political economy of news media, including alternative media
  • Media sociology and media cultural studies
  • Media reform movements and innovative firm models for journalism, particularly news co-operation
  • Cooperative studies, community economic development and the social economy
  • The democratic role of journalism in an age of authoritarian populism


Mitch’s body of published work spans journalism, community-based research and interdisciplinary scholarship. A founder of two city-papers (Planet S Magazine in Saskatoon in 2002 and Prairie Dog Magazine in Regina in 1993), Mitch brings the School over fifteen years of frontline experience in reporting, editing and publishing. Nationally recognized, the prairie dog was also awarded the Saskatchewan Co-operative Enterprise Award in 1996, recognizing “outstanding achievement, innovation and initiative”. In 2007, Mitch was named director of the Saskatchewan Labour Market Commission by the Province of Saskatchewan, representing the social economy. In 2008, Canadian Dimension Magazine recognized Mitch as a “journalist changing the world.” In 2010, his edited collection of Minifie Lectures was short-listed for a Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education. In 2012 Mitch received the Best Dissertation Award from the Association for Non-Profit and Social Economy Research and was named a Centre Scholar with the internationally recognized Canadian Centre for the Study of Cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2013, he was awarded the Best Article Award by the Canadian Journal of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research. Mitch served as the School’s Department Head from 2007 to 2015 and led the launch of the School’s Master’s program, the first graduate journalism program on the Prairies. In 2019 he joined the board of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation. In 2022 Mitch was named to the international editorial advisory board of the UK-based Journal of Co-operative Studies. Since 2022, he has also served as the School’s Graduate Program Coordinator.

Recent Scholarly Publications

Edited books and special issues

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Diamantopoulos, M. and Usiskin, L. (2014). “A provocative proposition: Linking research, education and action in Saskatoon’s Core neighbourhoods.” In Jeffrey, B., Martz, D., Clarke, L. and Findlay, I. (Eds.). Journeys in community-based research.Regina, University of Regina Press, pp. 73-88. Journeys in Community-Based Research (
  • Diamantopoulos, M. (2014). “Education for economic action: The case of the Canadian co-operative movement.” In Hepting, D. and Elliott, P. (Eds.). Free Knowledge.Regina, University of Regina Press, pp. 69-100. Free Knowledge (
  • Diamantopoulos, M. (2014). “Re-inventing ‘home’ in a place-less world: Globalization, social exclusion and co-operative housing innovations in Canada.” In Fairbairn, B. & Russell, N. (Eds.) The self-help solution: Co-operative renewal in Canadian communities.Victoria, University of British Columbia Press, pp. 158-186. UBC Press | Co-operative Canada – Empowering Communities and Sustainable Businesses, Edited by Brett Fairbairn and Nora Russell

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