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Dan Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Journalism



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Publishing the Trump dossier: Inevitable or unjustifiable?

When news broke of a top-​​ranking intel­li­gence briefing about alle­ga­tions involving President-​​elect Donald Trump and Russia, many out­lets cov­ered the story, but only one pub­lished the sala­cious details. Here, two jour­nalism pro­fes­sors offer counter view­points about that outlet’s deci­sion, with one arguing “the infor­ma­tion was bound to be dis­closed or leaked,” and the other calling the deci­sion “mis­guided” and noting that “raw intel­li­gence of the sort is often wrong.”


Post-​​election forum examines media’s campaign coverage

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff con­vened on Wednesday after­noon to dis­cuss the results of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Dis­cus­sion topics ranged from the cred­i­bility of the nation’s leading poll­sters to the freedom of the press under a Trump admin­is­tra­tion, but talk fre­quently returned to the media’s cov­erage of one of the dirt­iest polit­ical cam­paigns in the nation’s history.


Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.


3Qs: Do newspapers’ presidential endorsements even matter?

If the out­come of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion were based on news­paper endorse­ments, then Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in a his­toric land­slide. But Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, doesn’t think that endorse­ments will have much sway over voters on Elec­tion Day, and says “such endorse­ments are more an expres­sion of values than a gen­uine attempt to per­suade voters to change their minds.”


3Qs: Gawker case sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

Gawker​.com, the flag­ship site of Gawker Media, pub­lished its final piece Monday, Aug. 22. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism, weighs in on the impli­ca­tions of the gossip site’s shut­tering, the “trou­bling” mechanics behind the suit that served as its demise, and what the future may hold for inde­pen­dent media organizations.


How Ailes’ fall could signal more changes at Fox News

Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. The media tycoon resigned on Thursday, just two weeks after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a law­suit alleging sexual harass­ment. Here, Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor and a nation­ally known media com­men­tator, talks about Ailes’ swift down­fall and pre­dicts that it “will stand as yet another mile­stone in the shift from tra­di­tional forms of media to digital.”

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The House sit-​​in: examining the political and cultural significance

Wednesday morning House Democ­rats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-​​in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-​​control leg­is­la­tion. C-​​SPAN picked up the live feeds that mem­bers streamed from their smart­phones after Repub­li­cans shut down the chamber. Here, North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers shed light on the sig­nif­i­cance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.


Boston Phoenix archives donated to Northeastern

For nearly 50 years, The Boston Phoenix, which ceased pub­li­ca­tion in 2013, was Boston’s alter­na­tive news­paper of record, the first word on social jus­tice, pol­i­tics, as well as the arts and music scene. Now, thanks to a gift from Phoenix owner Stephen Mindich, that work will be pre­served for pos­terity in Snell Library’s Archives and Spe­cial Collections.


The web of life for journalism

While news­pa­pers folded, Internet news sites rushed to fill the infor­ma­tion void, says assis­tant pro­fessor Dan Kennedy, whose new book explores the ecosystem of online journalism.


3Qs: Rolling Stone’s controversial cover

Dan Kennedy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism, exam­ines Rolling Stone’s deci­sion to put alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s photo on its newest issue’s cover and the public out­rage that followed.


Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.


Will the first presidential debate tip the election scales?

According to a trio of North­eastern experts in media and pol­i­tics, the per­for­mances in the first pres­i­den­tial debate may seal the polit­ical fate of Gov. Mitt Romney and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Election Roundtable

3Qs: Mitt’s rift with the media

Dan Kennedy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism, ana­lyzes the fallout from Mitt Romney’s over­seas trip, in which he answered only three ques­tions posed by mem­bers the U.S. trav­eling press corps.


3Qs: The legacy of Andy Rooney

Ear­lier this month, leg­endary jour­nalist and “60 Min­utes” com­men­tator Andy Rooney passed away at the age of 92, just weeks after announcing he would retire from making weekly appear­ances on the pro­gram. Viewers across the country will miss Rooney’s witty rap­port and unique reporting style. We asked Dan Kennedy, asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, to com­ment on Andy Rooney’s legacy and his impact on tele­vi­sion journalism.

Photo by CBS via Getty Images.

3Qs: Getting the story on the debt ceiling

The con­tentious debate over the debt ceiling became one of this summer’s hottest news sto­ries. We asked Dan Kennedy, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to assess the overall cov­erage as well as the chal­lenges jour­nal­ists face when reporting any polit­i­cally charged story.

Faculty Reads, Volume One

North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers have written at length on a wide range of topics. Here, we high­light the first batch of pub­lished works in an occa­sional fea­ture on recent fac­ulty books.

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3Qs: Campaigning in Twitter’s virtual ‘big tent’

Pres­i­dent Obama, who’s known for his social media savvy, held the first-​​ever Twitter Town Hall meeting last week, where he answered the public’s ques­tions about taxes, jobs and the economy. Dan Kennedy, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, is an expert in news reporting and social net­works. Here, he dis­cusses Obama’s choice to engage the public through Twitter, and the use of social media by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and journalists.

Photo by Craig Bailey

Afghanistan, WikiLeaks under a microscope

Last Sunday, Wik­iLeaks, an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion that pub­lishes con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments, released a six-​​​​year archive of some 92,000 clas­si­fied mil­i­tary reports on the war in Afghanistan. The secret doc­u­ments have rekindled […]

Q&A: A historic election hangs in the balance

North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers ana­lyze the issues in Tuesday’s fiercely con­tested elec­tion for the late Edward M. Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat

Journalism experts discuss Cronkite and history of U.S. media

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity jour­nalism pro­fes­sors Charles Foun­tain and Dan Kennedy dis­cuss Walter Cronkite and the evo­lu­tion of media in America.

Northeastern University Journalism Professor Recognized for Best Commentary by the S.I. Newhouse School

Pro­fessor nom­i­nated for pres­ti­gious Mirror Award North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is proud to announce that Dan Kennedy, Assis­tant Pro­fessor at the School of Jour­nalism, has been nom­i­nated for an esteemed Mirror Award in […]

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