Author Archives: Dan Kennedy

About Dan Kennedy

I am an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, and I'm using for my blog, Media Nation, as well as class websites.

It’s time for us to evaluate each other

As you know, your final project is due on Monday, June 29, at 10 a.m. I have made a change that all of you seemed to support when I brought it up at our last class: rather than posting it directly to your blogs, I want you to send it to me by email as a Microsoft Word file. Once I have edited, graded and returned your paper, I would like you to post it to your blogs. Here, again, is the assignment.

Also, please fill out your TRACE evaluations of the course. As a matter of policy, the School of Journalism does not require you to do this. But we strongly encourage it, and we all learn from your comments.


The media and the Charleston shootings

I thought you might like to see the slideshow I used during the last part of our discussion Monday. The video links are live, so if you want to watch any of those clips, just click on the image.

I thought we had a great discussion, first led by Mackenzie and then by all of you. You had all thought deeply about this and had important things to say about issues such as whether the media is more reluctant to label a white supremacist a “terrorist” compared to an Islamist extremist how much attention we should pay to the shooter versus the victims.

We’re all looking forward to the end of the semester, but I’m going to miss our discussions.

Your Charleston coverage selections

A few of you responded to my request for stories about the Charleston shooting that you believe are worth sharing. I’m posting them here. I’ve also put together a presentation of my own, and Mackenzie Nichols is going to discuss Charleston coverage as well. Here are your choices:

Getting ready for Monday’s class

If you’re like me, you probably haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Charleston shootings. One thing I’ve been giving a lot of thought to is how we should address it in class. I have assigned some reading on press freedom in the era of Facebook and Google. It’s an important topic, so please go ahead and do it.

But I also want to spend a significant amount of time on Monday talking about Charleston. I think the best way to do it is for you to identify one piece of journalism about some aspect of the shootings that you think is worth sharing with everyone. It can be a news article, an online commentary, a television report — whatever. And the topic can be on anything from how the shootings were covered to the politics of the Confederate flag.

Please send me an email with a link to the story you’ve chosen by Monday at 10 a.m. I will put all of them together into a blog post, which will in turn lead to a class discussion.

A photographer documents the aftermath of war

We will open today with a brief overview of the work of David Guttenfelder, a war photographer who is now documenting the suicides of American soldiers who have returned home. In case you would like to follow up, here are a few links:

Also today

We will host our last guest speaker of the semester — Melissa Bailey, former managing editor of the New Haven Independent, currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She will speak about ethical dilemmas she encountered in reporting four stories:

I don’t expect you to read these three stories before class. But I thought it would be helpful if you could call them up and follow along when Melissa talks about them.