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.

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.

The Tree of Life” is visually beautiful, but with a densely overgrown story

By Carli Velocci, a third-​​​​year Eng­lish major, with minors in jour­nalism and cinema studies For many movie­goers, watching a Ter­rence Malick film is like looking at a Jackson Pol­lack painting: It’s […]

3Qs: Delivering on the big story

On Sunday night, the world was cap­ti­vated by news cov­erage of Pres­i­dent Obama’s stun­ning announce­ment that Osama bin Laden, mas­ter­mind of the Sept. 11 attacks, had been killed by U.S. spe­cial forces after 10 years of pur­suit. Steven Bur­gard, director of North­eastern University’s School of Jour­nalism, ana­lyzes what direc­tions media ques­tions and reports may lead from here, and the chal­lenges jour­nal­ists face in ensuring speedy but accu­rate reporting in the dig­ital age.

3Qs: For real, or for ratings?

As real estate tycoon and TV per­son­ality Donald Trump mulls a run for the U.S. pres­i­dency, Alan Schroeder, asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and author of the book “Celebrity-​​in-​​Chief: How Show Busi­ness Took Over the White House,” dis­cusses the rela­tion­ship between celebrity and polit­ical power.