media • culture • dwarfism • &tc.

My book on dwarfism,
"Little People," is now available in a free online edition. Here I am with Becky in 2003. Click here for more details.


da {dot} kennedy {at} neu {dot} edu


Boston Phoenix Media Log (2002-'05)

Other published work
Welcome to my online hub

I am an assistant professor at Northeastern University's School of Journalism, specializing in new-media trends. I write regularly for The Guardian's Comment Is Free section, CommonWealth Magazine, and the Boston Phoenix, for whom I worked as the media columnist from 1994 through 2005. I'm also a regular commentator on media issues for "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney," on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). For my complete biography, you can access my LinkedIn profile here.

My weblog, Media Nation, is featured on Jim Romenesko's media-news site at Poynter.org and on the Project for Excellence in Journalism's Daily Briefing page.

My book on the culture of dwarfism, "Little People: A Father Reflects on His Daughter's Dwarfism — and What It Means to Be Different," originally published by Rodale in 2003, is now available in a free online edition issued under a
Creative Commons license. "Little People" was praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was featured by NPR, Salon, and Child Magazine.

From 1979 through 1989 I worked as a reporter for The Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, Mass., where I covered the trial at the center of Jonathan Harr's book "A Civil Action." My account of the case and its aftermath is online here.

On July 21, 2007, my son, Tim, and I hiked to the summit of my 48th and final 4,000-foot mountain in New Hampshire, finishing a quest I had begun in 1968.

Recent publications

The Guardian

CommonWealth Magazine

Mass. Media: Point of entry. New England Ethnic News unites the region's immigrant and ethnic communities. (Summer 2008)

Mass. Media: Your blog of blogs. Adam Gaffin may be the most influential editor you've never heard of. (Spring 2008)

Mass. Media: No-shout zone. Dan Rea moves into WBZ's legendary nighttime talk-radio slot and sticks to the high road. (Winter 2008)

Mass. Media: Plugged in, tuned out. Young Americans are embracing new media but failing to develop an appetite for news. (Fall 2007)


Political Blogs: Teaching Us Lessons About Community. In the mediascape of blogs, people "want the news delivered to them in the context of their attitudes and beliefs." (Nieman Reports, Summer 2008.)

Other Voices: The Kitchen Cupboard (PDF). (ArchitectureBoston, July 2008)

The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards: The yearly New England up of those who undermined freedom of speech and personal liberties. (The Phoenix, June 26, 2008)

Highway robbery: Is Internet populism destined for corporate ruin? (The Phoenix, October 4, 2007)