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Articles by Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a panelist on “Beat the Press,” a weekly media program on Boston’s WGBH-TV. His blog, Media Nation, is online at www.dankennedy.net. Kennedy’s book, The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-newspaper Age, was published in 2013.
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Washington Post Live is a small way for the D.C. newspaper to expand its brand outside the Beltway.
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The idea of a news cooperative — owned by the community it covers — is closer to getting a real-world test in Massachusetts.
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Does the idea of giving up some control and moving to a federated, networked model of journalism bother some media executives?
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Why be limited to one medium? Taking to the terrestrial airwaves would bring a new audience to the Independent’s journalism.
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“A feisty newspaper owner who fights back in public? Bring it on. That’s certainly an improvement over the gray management style of the Times Company.”
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Nonprofits are great, but a replicable, sustainable model for making money in local news online is the holy grail. In upstate New York, The Batavian is showing the way.
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In this excerpt from The Wired City, Dan Kennedy examines how the New Haven Independent — one of the brightest stars of local online journalism — proved both its mettle and its distinctive take on the news when covering a major crime.
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Serving the public isn’t enough for journalism, the Northeastern University professor says. His new book The Wired City taught him that the public first has to be created, nurtured, and given a voice.
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The Banyan Project, an attempt to build sustainable, locally owned and controlled news sources, is getting closer to launch in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
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