Could real-​​time projections be a game-​​changer for Election Day coverage?

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.

3Qs: Campaign shake-​​up positions Trump to ‘win,’ regardless of election result

Over the past week, Donald Trump has expressed regret for some of his caustic com­ments and reshuf­fled his cam­paign staff, fueling a theory that he’s laying the ground­work to build a media empire to rival Fox News. Dan Urman, a polit­ical sci­ence and public policy expert, dis­cusses the recent cam­paign moves and how the atten­tion to Trump’s “brand” may be a win for the can­di­date, regard­less of November’s outcome.

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.”

The terror in Nice and security across the EU

France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked North­eastern experts to ana­lyze these types of “lone wolf” ter­rorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the Euro­pean Union’s secu­rity procedures.

3Qs: Trapped in social media ‘echo chambers’

Social media has become a go-​​to plat­form for people to express their opin­ions on the hot topics of the day. But in many cases, people are sharing those thoughts with those who have sim­ilar opin­ions. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles explains how this trend cor­re­lates to offline debates.

3Qs: Is there a media bias in terrorist attack coverage?

In the past sev­eral months, ter­rorist attacks have rocked cities around the world. Many people have crit­i­cized the Western media’s cov­erage of the attacks as being uneven for con­cen­trating largely on the strikes in Euro­pean cities. We spoke with John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, about what he refers to as per­ceived “dif­fer­en­tial treat­ment” by main­stream news outlets.

Looking ahead: Social movements in 2015

Marches and demon­stra­tions aimed at shaping the con­ver­sa­tion around race and social inequal­i­ties cap­tured the nation’s atten­tion in 2014. Here, North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Sarah Jackson talks about what we’ve learned from recent activism and what we might expect in 2015.

3Qs: The legacy of Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott, the long­time ESPN sports­caster, died Sunday at the age of 49 after a seven-​​year battle with cancer. Here, Charles Foun­tain, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, dis­cusses Scott’s legacy as one of sports broadcasting’s sig­na­ture voices.

The storytelling and popularity of Serial

The true crime pod­cast from This Amer­ican Life “takes us back to one of the most basic tenets of sto­ry­telling: sus­pense,” says jour­nalist Dina Kraft, asso­ciate pro­gram coor­di­nator of Northeastern’s Media Inno­va­tion program.

A weekend to remember

North­eastern cel­e­brated Parent and Family Weekend, as stu­dents, their fam­i­lies, and the rest of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity came together to expe­ri­ence a host of exciting campus events.