I look at innovation and its effect on society. I also am interested in business as an expression of human creativity.

Michael Fitzgerald's Biography

Michael Fitzgerald writes stories about the people and ideas that shape our world. Along the way he’s played speed chess against an 11-year old national champion, interviewed Bill Gates at an armadillo race, pondered artificial life with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and been the first person to rent a hydrogen-powered car.

His writing appears in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc. and the New York Times ...

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Nieman Journalism Fellow

2011 - Fellowship
The Nieman Fellowship program is the oldest and best-known study program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries and territories around the world have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

2011 - Outstanding Business and Technology
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) annual writing awards honor outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year.

What was your first job as a journalist?

Working half-time as a staff writer at a small technology monthly in Chicago.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, an electric Olympia. I still keep a manual typewriter around, in case of apocalypse.

How is social media changing news?

Making us spend more time on our personal brands than is good for our work. Improving our ability to find sources. Amplifying our work. Etc.

Will the MBTA commuter rail ever run on time?

bostonglobe.com — IF THERE'S a nightmare for Boston rail commuters, it's the Fitchburg line. Trains between Boston and Fitchburg were on schedule only 66 percent of the time in November, worse than any other line. Even so, when word comes over Corey Lynch's two-way radio that a truck has rolled over in Concord, blocking the rail on this particular January day, Lynch grimaces.

What does Cambridge sewage say about residents? MIT plans to find out

bostonglobe.com — Sometime in mid to late January, researchers from MIT plan to gather around a manhole on Portland Street in East Cambridge, dressed in plastic disposable biohazard coats and gloves. Each hour over the next 24, working in teams of two over four-hour shifts, they'll sink a tube into the muck and pump one to two liters of sewage water into a plastic container.

Embracing Encryption in an Age of Surveillance

niemanreports.org — Modern communica­tions and the rise of the surveillance state make it harder than ever for journalists abroad to protect their sources. The consequences for sources can be dire, even fatal. Journalists going abroad need to start by asking if encryption is legal where they will be. Does the government forbid certain kinds of apps?

Sports Analytics: The NFL Connects with Fans

sloanreview.mit.edu — The National Football League's chief information officer discusses the organization's customer-focused approach to big data and analytics. In a conversation with MIT Sloan Management Review 's Michael Fitzgerald, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, the NFL's senior vice president and first-ever CIO, discusses the organization's customer-focused approach to big data and analytics, and hear how the NFL works to make their employees comfortable with their own data sets.

Warby Parker: Buy One, Give One Pair of Trendy Eyeglasses

impactalpha.com — Warby Parker sounds like a white-shoe law firm, not one of the the hottest socially conscious businesses around. The maker of hip eyewear has created a sensation with its designer glasses, disrupting the industry's entrenched incumbents with trendy eyeglass frames that sell for $100, not $600.

Delight in discovery

mag.uchicago.edu — Claudia Goldin thinks of herself as Sherlock Holmes. With titles like Understanding the Gender Gap and The Regulated Economy , her case file lacks the criminal flavor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's oeuvre, but Goldin, AM'69, PhD'72, brings a sleuth's methods to complex puzzles of economic history. How did urban slavery work?

Analytics Meets Mother Goose

sloanreview.mit.edu — Want to get your point across about data? You'd better learn to tell stories.advertisement Analytics is not just about data. In fact, getting too caught up in the data can obscure what the data means. And what it means is what matters in business. But data scientists often get more involved in the data.

11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans

wired.com — City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.

The Man Who Convinced BMW To Rethink Social Media

fastcompany.com — Steven Althaus's moment of digital truth came this past spring. BMW's global director of brand management stood in front of top management, telling them the automaker was about to use a drift mob to help market their new car, the M235i.

Coming Soon: Doctors As Data Analysts

sloanreview.mit.edu — A healthcare system that is fully data-driven is not that far off, says Kaiser's John Mattison.advertisement Uber and Airbnb let you rate your driver or your stay. But many users don't know that your driver or your host can rate you, too.
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Mar 03, 2015

Maybe @Dan_Cassaro should practice the art of social media. Bet Showtime would pay for that. ow.ly/JT1hL

Mar 02, 2015

RT @dangillmor: EFF asks if our devices are "hardwired for betrayal," and the answer is deeply worrisome. eff.org/deeplinks/2015…

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