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Dan Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Alma Maters: BA Northeastern University, MLA Boston University
Classes Taught: JRNL 2201, JRNL 3550, JRNL 5340; also taught JRNL 1150, JRNL 2350, JRNL 4650
Countries Traveled To: Canada, Kazakhstan
Companies Worked For: Boston Phoenix (1991-2005), Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, MA (1979-1989)
What is your style of teaching?
Depends on the class. Lecture and discussion in media law, lots of hands-on in skills classes. Lecturing can't be avoided, but I aim for maximum engagement.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
When I lecture, I always have a PowerPoint and often show video and other multimedia to prompt debate and discussion. We communicate via class website.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
In JRNL 5340, students use digital tools by writing a blog post about pizza joints or favorite spots (for example), take a photo and plot it on a Google map.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Hard work and improvement. Low grades at the beginning of the semester count for less if I see a real commitment to grow and try out new ideas and skills.
What kind of student would love your class?
Probably every professor would say he or she loves self-motivated students who push themselves rather than settling for meeting the minimum requirements.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
You can't write if you don't read. Journalism students should read good journalism — the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, as well as books.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Developments in digital journalism and in business models for the post-newspaper age — especially nonprofits. Journalism as a forum for civic engagement.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
My student evaluations have consistently said that I treat everyone with respect. It's something I strive for, and I'm gratified that students appreciate it.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
My book on the New Haven Independent and other community news sites, tentatively titled "The Wired City," will be published by UMass Press in 2013.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
If you are willing to put in the effort, I will go out of my way to be accessible and help you in any way I can.

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