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