• Journalism

Dan Kennedy

Associate Professor

Dan Kennedy is a nationally known media commentator who writes for WGBHNews.org, the Nieman Journalism Lab and other publications. He is a regular panelist on “Beat the Press,” an award-winning weekly media roundtable on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). Professor Kennedy teaches news reporting, media ethics and other journalism courses, with an emphasis on how technology is changing the business of news.

Kennedy’s most recent book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century (ForeEdge, 2018), examines a new breed of wealthy newspaper publishers and whether they have any lessons to offer for the beleaguered news business. The Return of the Moguls has been critically praised by The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

During the Spring 2016 semester Kennedy was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. While at Shorenstein he wrote a paper titled “The Bezos Effect,” which tracks the reinvention of The Washington Post as a national digital news organization under the ownership of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

His book “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age” (University of Massachusetts, 2013) explores the burgeoning world of online local and regional journalism, focusing on the New Haven Independent, a nonprofit news organization founded in 2005. “The Wired City” has been favorably reviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe and CommonWealth Magazine.

A former media columnist for The Guardian and The Boston Phoenix, he is the 2001 recipient of the National Press Clubäó»s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. He is also the author of “Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughteräó»s Eyes” (Rodale, 2003), a memoir about raising a daughter with dwarfism. His blog, Media Nation, tracks issues related to journalism, politics and culture.

Kennedy received his bacheloräó»s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and his masteräó»s degree in American history from Boston University. From 1979-äó»88, he was a reporter and editor for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn, Massachusetts.

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Education

  • MLA, American History, Boston University
  • BA, Journalism, Northeastern University

Awards

  • 1999, First Place, Media Reporting, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
  • 2001, First Place, Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, National Press Club
  • 2002, First Place, First Amendment reporting, New England Press Association
  • 2008 & 2009, Finalist, Media Commentary, Syracuse University Mirror Awards
  • 2010, Second Place, Right-to-Know Reporting (with co-author Harvey Silverglate)
  • 2010, 2008, & 2007, Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, Northeastern University
  • 2012 & 2011, Second Place, Right-to-Know Reporting (with co-author Harvey Silverglate), New England Newspaper and Press Association
  • 2012, First Place, Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, National Press Club. Awarded to Beat the Press
  • 2014, First Place, Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, Penn State. Awarded to Beat the Press