Entire mountain ranges of data are growing all around, and they will either bury us or help us climb to new heights of understanding. It all depends on how we respond. This was the focus of a four-hour “hackathon” Wednesday night, sponsored by Northeastern to explore the intersection between public policy and Big Data analysis. The event, “Data Science, Journalism, and the Future of Justice,” was part of HUBweek, a series of more than 100 events that brought together the brightest minds in government, private industry, and academia to celebrate innovation in Boston.
Pvt. Felix Hall, a 19-year-old African American from Millbrook, Alabama, was lynched in the woods of Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1941. More than 70 years later, Alexa Mills dug into the case as part of her course work in the School of Journalism’s Media Innovation program and then wrote a front-page feature on her findings for The Washington Post.
On Nov. 8, a group of data scientists and journalists will buck a decades-old tradition by releasing real-time Election Day projections. Renowned statistician Nate Silver says it “could go disastrously wrong,” while others say the old way was “ill conceived and anti-journalistic.” We asked Jonathan Kaufman, the director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern, for his take.
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.”
Trump’s recent move to revoke the press credentials for The Washington Post will backfire on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says Jonathan Kaufmann, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism. “Banning the Post from his rallies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”
Nestled within the crowd at Northeastern’s Commencement ceremony were three men with a tie that binds even more tightly than their shared surname: On that day, Jared Pike, AMD’16, joined his father, Glenn Pike, AS’86, and his grandfather, Richard Pike E’61, MBA’66, as a proud Northeastern graduate.
Graduate student Jorge Caraballo Cordovez wants to bring the digital media skills he’s learning at Northeastern back home to Colombia to help “reconstruct the social cohesiveness that decades of violence has torn apart.” He’s now received a Google News Lab Fellowship, which will help further his journey.
As presidential candidates from both parties crisscrossed Iowa last weekend, a dozen Northeastern students headed north to preview the New Hampshire primary. They are members of journalism professor Jonathan Kaufman’s class “Covering Campaign 2016.” Here, we share their reports from the field.
Rolling Stone on Saturday published an article by Oscar-winning actor and activist Sean Penn that sparked a national debate about journalistic ethics. We spoke with John Wihbey, an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern, who examines the interview with noted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Audrey Pence’s global co-op at the Fuller Project for International Reporting provided her with an immersive journalism experience, sharing international women’s stories and perspectives.
Jonathan Kaufman, the new director of the School of Journalism in the College of Arts, Media and Design, shares how he follows the news, what journalism students should know before going on global co-op, and about the 2016 campaign course he’s teaching in the spring.