More than ‘just entertainment’

North­eastern stu­dents visit ninth graders in Boston to pro­mote media lit­eracy, and help them under­stand how TV and adver­tising mes­sages may affect their daily lives

3Qs: When funny turns un-​​funny

Come­dian Tracy Morgan, known for his role as Tracy Jordan on the sitcom “30 Rock,” was widely crit­i­cized ear­lier this month after he made homo­phobic com­ments during a comedy show in Nashville. Some argue that people shouldn’t be upset by come­dians’ offen­sive remarks. Others find this kind of comedy any­thing but funny. Here, North­eastern com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies lec­turer William Lan­caster sheds some light on why offen­sive comedy is so common — and what’s really wrong with it.

From Northeastern lab bench to field test in Africa

Ven­ture firm founded by recent alumnus is bringing solar food dryer devel­oped by North­eastern stu­dents to farmers in Cameroon

3Qs: Queen of Daytime TV relinquishes throne — for now

After dom­i­nating day­time tele­vi­sion for 25 years, Oprah’s beloved talk show ends today, allowing her to focus on her new cable channel, OWN. For years, she rec­om­mended books and prod­ucts, gave away gifts, trips and cars, and con­nected with audi­ences and home viewers in a uniquely per­sonal way. Here, Bill Lan­caster, a lec­turer in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies and 20-​​year vet­eran of tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, dis­cusses how Oprah defined the day­time slot and affected her viewers.