BA Honours (Sociology and Psychology) and MA (Social Studies), University of Regina, PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Saskatchewan.
Office: AH 105.22
Research interests History, politics and political economy of mass media, including alternative media. Media sociology and media cultural studies. Democratic approaches to journalism theory. Journalism history, particularly on the Canadian Prairies. Media reform movements and innovative firm models for journalism. Cooperative studies, community economic development and the social economy. The role of journalism in an age of religious backlash, bigotry and violence.
A founder of two of Saskatchewan’s newest mass media outlets (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, publishing and alt-weekly journalism. One out of three urban adults in Regina and Saskatoon now read one of these independent, local papers. 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 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 has served as the School’s Department Head since 2007 and led the launch of the School’s Master’s program, the first graduate journalism program on the Prairies. He currently teaches Contemporary Topics in Journalism, is developing advanced curricula in Journalism History and Journalism Theory for the Master’s stream and is working on a book on the history of economic democracy in Canada.
Recent Scholarly Publications
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2009). Thirty years of journalism and democracy in Canada: The Minifie Lectures, 1981-2010, a 30th anniversary anthology of the James M. Minifie lecture series, published in hardcover by Canadian Plains Research Center Press. http://www.uofrpress.ca/publications/30
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2011). Co-operative development gap in Québec and Saskatchewan from 1980 to 2010: A tale of two movements. Canadian Journal of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research, 3(1), pp. 6-24.http://anserj.ca/index.php/cjnser/article/view/85
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2012). Breaking out of co-operation’s ‘iron cage’: From movement degeneration to building a developmental movement, Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, 83(2), pp. 197-212.
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2012). The foundations of agrarian socialism: Co-operative economic action in Saskatchewan, 1905 – 1960, Prairie Forum, 37, pp. 103-151.
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2012). The developmental movement model: A contribution to the social movement approach to co-operative development, Journal of Co-operative Studies, Fall 2012, 45(2), pp. 42-56. http://www.thenews.coop/wp-content/uploads/S5-Diamantopoulos-135.pdf
Diamantopoulos, M. (2013). The Blueprint Paradox: Can co-operatives overcome movement degeneration to drive post-crisis recovery?, Review of international Co-operation, pp. 7-23. http://ccr.ica.coop/sites/ccr.ica.coop/files/attachments/International%20Review%20%20of%20Co-operation%202013.pdf
- Diamantopoulos, M. (2014). On breaking a wild young colt: Associative intelligence, alternative journalism and the cultural mutualization of the Canadian Prairies, Journal of Co-operative Studies, Summer 2014, in press. pp. 39-55. http://www.thenews.coop/wp-content/uploads/S05-Diamantopoulos-1401.pdf
- 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. University of Regina Press, Regina, pp. 73-88. http://www.uofrpress.ca/publications/Journeys-in-Community-Based-Research
- 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. http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299174521
- 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, in press.
- With Isobel Findlay, “Growing pains: Social enterprise in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.” Saskatoon, Community-University Institute for Social Research, University of Saskatchewan, 2007 (Online at http://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/files/LLL_Final_Reports/Report_CL4_04_SK.pdf)
With April Bourgeois, “Worker cooperative development in Saskatchewan: The promise, the problems and the prospects”. Saskatoon: Community University Institute for Social Research, University of Saskatchewan, 2014 (Online at http://www.usask.ca/cuisr/sites/default/files/Worker%20Co-operative%20Development%20in%20Saskatchewan.pdf )