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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 Kennedy’s book, The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-newspaper Age, was published in 2013.
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