Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy is an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a panelist on “Beat the Press,” a weekly media program on WGBH-TV. His blog, Media Nation, is online at www.dankennedy.net. His book on the New Haven Independent and other community news sites, “The Wired City,” will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2013.

by Dan Kennedy

For the Boston Phoenix, the decline lasted years — but the end came swiftly. Last Thursday afternoon a local journalist called to ask if I’d heard rumors that the 47-year-old alt-weekly was about to go under. I hadn’t. Within an hour, Boston.com was reporting that the Phoenix would cease publication immediately. One more issue — […] more »

by Dan Kennedy

On a recent Wednesday evening at Tico, a fashionable restaurant in Boston’s equally fashionable Back Bay, the Boston Phoenix threw itself a party. The food was free and the bar was open as several hundred guests shouted to be heard over thunderous music. Mingling with the crowd was the publisher, Stephen Mindich, who in 1966 […] more »