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Dan Kennedy is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a panelist on “Beat the Press,” a weekly media program on Boston’s GBH-TV. His blog, Media Nation, is online at www.dankennedy.net. Kennedy’s most recent book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2018.
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