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    Dan Kennedy

    Dan Kennedy

    I am an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, specializing in new-media trends. I write a weekly online column for The Guardian’s Comment is Free America section, and was a finalist for a Syracuse University Mirror Award in media commentary in both 2008 and 2009.

    In addition, I am a contributing writer for the Boston Phoenix, for whom I worked as the media columnist from 1994 through 2005. While at the Phoenix, I won the National Press Club’s 2001 Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ 1999 award for media reporting. I’m also a regular commentator on media issues on “Beat the Press,” on WGBH-TV (Channel 2).

    My weblog, Media Nation, is featured on Jim Romenesko’s media-news site at Poynter.org and on the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Daily Briefing page.

    On the summit of Mt. Hancock.

    On the summit of Mt. Hancock (south)

    My book on the culture of dwarfism, “Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter’s Eyes,” originally published by Rodale in 2003, is now available in a free online edition issued under a Creative Commons license, as well as a high-quality, print-on-demand paperback edition. “Little People” was praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was featured by NPR, Salon, and Child Magazine.

    From 1979 through 1989 I worked as a reporter for The Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, Mass., where I covered the trial at the center of Jonathan Harr’s book “A Civil Action.” My account of the case and its aftermath is online here.

    On July 21, 2007, my son, Tim, and I hiked to the northern and southern summits of Mt. Hancock, my 47th and 48th (and final) 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire, finishing a quest I had begun in 1968.

    I am currently writing a book on the New Haven Independent and the rise of hyperlocal community news sites, to be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2012.
    Number of posts: 4
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      Media Nation

      Falsehoods too blatant for the media to ignore

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 30, 2012
      Falsehoods too blatant for the media to ignore

      When you claim that President Obama was responsible for the closing of an auto plant that actually shut down before President Bush left office, people are going to notice. The question is whether anyone will care.

      Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a speech Wednesday night that was unusual for its deliberate mendacity, even by the rough-and-tumble standards of political combat. Right after he finished, the usually timid souls of CNN praised his address for its tone and approach, but volunteered that the fact-checkers would surely have something to say.

      A Tribute (Sort Of)

      Andrew Breitbart’s mixed legacy

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 2, 2012
      Andrew Breitbart’s mixed legacy

      It’s a tribute to Andrew Breitbart’s skill at media manipulation that when word of his death started spreading around Twitter this morning, the first reaction many people had was that it was a hoax. Only after confirmation from the Los Angeles Times and other news organizations did people believe it was really true.

      Breitbart was someone I kept maybe half an eye on, at best, so I don’t have a fully developed take on his career as a media provocateur and what it meant. He seemed to be someone of endless energy and pugnacity, which served him well in bringing down Anthony Weiner, but which proved an embarrassment with the deceptively edited ACORN and Shirley Sherrod videos.

      Quote ... Enquote

      Jim Romenesko and the perils of aggregation

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Nov 11, 2011
      Jim Romenesko

      Something very strange and unjust happened yesterday in the little world of media criticism: Jim Romenesko, who’s been blogging about media news since the late 1990s, and who was just several weeks away from retirement, was accused by his employer, the Poynter Institute, of plagiarism-like offenses. Romenesko resigned.If you read between the lines, it seems that this was not a typical case of resigning rather than being fired.

      Forgive Me Once

      Beware the “Romenesko Effect”

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Nov 5, 2011
      Jim Romenesko

      Time was when a young journalist could recover from a lapse in judgment, learn from his or her mistake and get back on the career ladder. As NPR’s Nina Totenberg once said about having been fired for plagiarism when she was a 28-year-old reporter for the National Observer, “I have a strong feeling that a young reporter is entitled to one mistake and to have the holy bejeezus scared out of her to never do it again.”

      Those days are long gone. Whereas well-connected miscreants such as Mike Barnicle seem never to go away, young reporters caught stealing are briefly held up to national ridicule and then banished into some black hole. My friend Mark Jurkowitz calls it the “Romenesko Effect,” in tribute to Jim Romenesko’s compulsively read media-news site at Poynter.org.

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