News and Reviews

“Dan Kennedy, who had a stellar reporting and editing career at the Boston Phoenix, understands the best of the new delivery that journalism requires.”
Barbara Bealor Hines, Quill & Scroll, Fall 2013

“With seemingly unlimited access, Kennedy brings the reader into the New Haven Independent’s ‘newsroom’ — a café across from its hole-in-the-wall rented office — and out in the field with a handful of passionate, multitasking reporters.”
Susan Seligson, Bostonia magazine, Fall 2013

“Capturing the audience’s attention by attesting that ‘pizza is king in New Haven,’ assistant journalism professor Dan Kennedy joined the latest installment of Snell Library’s ‘Meet the Author’ series on Oct. 9.”
— Mandy Lancia, Woof Magazine, Nov. 22, 2013

“Our guest tonight is Dan Kennedy, assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a working journalist for almost 40 years. His new book is ‘The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age.’ This book looks closely at the New Haven Independent, a vibrant online and free source of local news in New Haven, Connecticut…. Please tune in for an important and lively discussion about the future of journalism.”
Mark Lynch, WICN Radio, Worcester, Mass., Sept. 4, 2013

“Kennedy paints a picture of a news venture that’s succeeding primarily because of its intimacy with its subjects. Indeed, as the title suggests, the Independent sees its job as not only to report the news of the community but also, as one philanthropist put it, to foster a sense of community.”
Deb Nam-Krane, Written by Deb, Aug. 18, 2013

“Kennedy … packs a lot of other material into this book that withstands the passage of time. His explanation of how the newspaper business model fell victim to the Web’s ability to match advertisers with consumers, thus forcing publishers to trade print dollars for digital dimes, is as cogent as I have seen anywhere. I admired also Kennedy’s insights into the way online sites have upended the journalistic paradigm by enabling news consumers — formerly known as the audience — to also be news creators.”
Tom Fiedler, CommonWealth Magazine, July 16, 2013

“Kennedy, a former newspaper reporter who now teaches journalism at Northeastern in Boston, thinks this is an era of opportunity for those in the news business. ‘The traditional newspaper business is gloom and doom,’ he said. ‘But now is a time to be optimistic with online sites. The world is at our fingertips. It’s a time for optimism.'”
Tom Rivers, Orleans (N.Y.) Hub, July 13, 2013

Radio interview (along with Howard Owens) with Dan Fischer on “Main and Center,” WBTA (AM 1490) of Batavia, N.Y., July 12, 2013.

“A few summers ago, Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern, visited Batavia while researching a book on the future of journalism, focusing on digital efforts to provide communities with news. While the majority of pages in ‘The Wired City’ are devoted to the New Haven Independent, a nonprofit community Web site in Connecticut, there is a section in the book about for-profit sites, including The Batavian.”
Howard Owens, The Batavian, July 8, 2013

Television interview with Jon Keller on “Keller at Large,” WBZ-TV (Channel 4), July 7, 2013.

“‘The Wired City’ transcends the exhausting debate over what journalism startups should look like. It gets at a more fundamental point: that news startups, both for-profit and nonprofit, matter. Their coverage is taking hold in their communities. They’re worthy of funding from foundations and private investors alike. And they’re worthy of serious, long-term study.”
Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review, July 1, 2013

“Dan Kennedy’s ‘The Wired City’ is a modest but informative and at times inspiring book about admirable attempts, on a local level, to combat a pestilence that is crippling the well-being of professional journalism.”
Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse, June 26, 2013

“As media critic Dan Kennedy has watched newspapers fold over the last decade, he’s been trying to figure out what might successfully replace them. In his new book, ‘The Wired City,’ he proposes an answer: independent, online local news sites like the New Haven Independent.”
Amanda Kersey, WGBH News, June 25, 2013; includes television interview with Emily Rooney on “Greater Boston,” WGBH-TV (Channel 2)

“Dan Kennedy was for many years one of the most artful practitioners of alternative journalism, his work sparkling on the pages of the late and much lamented Boston Phoenix…. Kennedy’s book, ‘The Wired City,’ is a brisk, efficient primer on the (often good) things that are happening in journalism in an age when traditional newspaper circulation and advertising revenues are declining.”
David Shribman, The Boston Globe, June 20, 2013

“Ahead of Dan Kennedy’s visit to GlobeLab this Thursday, we sat down to talk about journalism, ‘The Wired City’ and the role of nonprofits in news.”
Adrienne Debigare, GlobeLab Blog, June 18, 2013

“If you’re looking for the future of journalism, the New Haven Independent is a good place to start. That is the finding of media observer Dan Kennedy, whose new book ‘The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age’ was recently published by University of Massachusetts Press.”
Will Broaddus, The Salem News, June 14, 2013

“Dan Kennedy, who spent about two years studying the New Haven Independent and other facets of this city’s journalism, including the New Haven Register, believes the public is still benefitting from a wide variety of choices: ‘There’s a good amount of news diversity in New Haven, primarily because of the Register and Independent. Maybe technology has enabled us to restore what we once had.'”
Randall Beach, New Haven Register, June 14, 2013

“Kennedy spent a few years studying the Independent as well as other small for-profit and not-for-profit news sites around the country; he also dug deeply into New Haven’s civic and information ecosystem, including a detailed look at the New Haven Register’s history and current efforts to innovate for the 21st Century.”
Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent, June 14, 2013

“Our friend Dan Kennedy has a new book out, and it’s right up Nieman Lab’s alley. ‘The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age’ takes as its subject local journalism in cities where new online outlets — some for-profit, some not — have set up shop. His primary focus is New Haven, Connecticut, where the New Haven Independent has been one of the new world’s biggest successes.”
Nieman Journalism Lab, June 4, 2013

“Papers haven’t gone away, but their staffs and scope have shrunk, and what’s bubbled up to fill the gap is a new type of digital journalism with a new business model. Kennedy went looking for examples of this change around the time of the economic downturn, and found a pretty interesting lab experiment — Connecticut.”
Radio interview by John Dankosky, “Where We Live,” Connecticut Public Radio, June 3, 2013

“It was a pleasure for us at the Independent to spend time with Dan Kennedy and watch him produce a book with such depth, intelligence, heart, independent distance, and fairness. It left us optimistic about the future of book publishing.”
— New Haven Independent, June 1, 2013

“Through interviews and research, Kennedy shows that local journalism in the 21st century can survive and thrive so long as those within an organization are willing to put in the work and develop an understanding of the new tenets of journalism: social engagement, deep community focus, and evolving revenue models.”
Podcast interview by David Schwartz, New Books in Journalism, May 29, 2013

“Journalist blogger and professor Dan Kennedy has long been one of the go-to guys in the ever-burgeoning field of media criticism. He’s an author as well — and his new book ‘The Wired City’ asks, and answers, an important question: Does the digital information revolution presage the end of news, or simply the end of newspapers?”
— Rory O’Connor, The Huffington Post, April 24, 2013; republished by Alternet on May 1, 2013

“Kennedy emphasized the importance of maintaining the traditional values and ethics of journalism while cultivating an ‘entrepreneurial spirit.’ He added that it is still too early in the ‘post-newspaper and Internet age’ to know what a successful journalism model will look like, but he hopes that his book — rather than prompting news organizations to follow the [New Haven] Independent’s model — encourages readers to take a more optimistic view of the future of journalism.”
— Nicole Narea and Clinton Wang, Yale Daily News, March 8, 2013

“Kennedy contends that the nonprofit model that the [New Haven] Independent operates on can be more lucrative than the for-profit business model used by newspaper companies that are becoming increasingly online focused. Calling a not-for-profit media outlet’s operations lucrative may seem incongruous, but Kennedy illustrated his point further by discussing public radio and television outlets.”
— Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, Feb. 28, 2013


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