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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.

Found has a nice ring to it

recordnet.com — When she was in high school, Narlene Cain really wanted a class ring: Stagg High, class of '86. It meant something to her."I did a whole summer of babysitting to get it," recalled Cain, who is 47 now.And she earned one. The 10-carat gold ring with a faceted stone was a prized possession.

Take the risk and pay cops more

recordnet.com — Post-bankrupt Stockton is supposedly better run, but the most important process in the city is broken: the hiring of 120 police as promised to citizens.Stocktonians really sacrificed to approve a ¾-cent sales tax increase in 2013.

Innovation in Banks: Selecting the Best Models

celent.com — Threats from new entrants and incumbents motivate banks and other financial institutions to invest in innovation in a variety of ways. Celent has identified six main models that banks use today to increase their visibility into new products, services, and technology, and to improve their innovation capabilities.
Feb 11, 2016

#Innovation in Banks: Selecting the Best Models-Timely new report from @Celent_Research given @BBVA venture news ow.ly/YdtyF

Innovation Outlook 2016: Practitioners' Predictions

celent.com — Report Type: Industry Trends Changing customer expectations, digital transformation, growth needs in the face of resource scarcity, and environmental impact concerns are impacting every industry, including financial services. These changes accelerate the growth of the sharing economy and the demand for new customer value.
Feb 10, 2016

RT @mikefitz01: Will innovation be easier or harder in 2016?Celent asks Finsvcs experts for their outlook on 2016 @Celent_Research ow.ly/Ybedd

Time again for that 55 jive

recordnet.com — Hey bullfighter, haul out your typewriter, pull an all-nighter, concocting "prose lite"-er, original, not triter, Hemingway but tighter, 'cuz you cut it with a miter: time again for the 55-Word Writing Contest!The rules of this contest are simple: Write a 55-word essay or poem. Fifty-five words exactly - no more, no less.

One Touring Musician's Love Letter To Calgary

huffingtonpost.ca — With Valentine's Day just around the corner I have a confession to make -- I love Calgary. I love the city that I got to grow up in and that I get to live in each and every day.

Fitz's Stockton: Getting cozy with cool old neon

recordnet.com — If you're on Wilson Way at dusk, you see a cool vestige of the days when the road was Highway 99: The neon motel signs flicker on. Take the Cozy Motel. A bit weathered by day, the turquoise neon sign snaps on at night as radiant and alluring as the days when the motel offered travelers three-network TV and a clean pillow.

Innovation in Banks

celent.com — Threats from new entrants and incumbents motivate banks and other financial institutions to invest in innovation in a variety of ways. Celent has identified six main models that banks use today to increase their visibility into new products, services, and technology, and to improve their innovation capabilities.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @mikefitz01: Incubators and accelerators and labs, oh my! New report on diff innov models Banks use @Celent_Research @mikefitz01 ow.ly/XZvw6

No subsidies for intolerance

recordnet.com — Police work is innately controversial. But it seems the Stockton Police armory includes a number of loose cannons that make it even more controversial.First Lt. Toby Will spouts homophobic views in a public forum. God tells you to hate gays? Fine. Keep it to yourself while in uniform.
Feb 05, 2016

@stocktonopolis: Using #tax-funded resources to exclude #LGBT community violates separation of #church, state ow.ly/XYhvX

Playing fast and loose with Erin

recordnet.com — Monday night's water forum with Erin Brockovich at San Joaquin Delta College was a mixture of information, alarmism, shameless political opportunism, star worship, Kabuki and brain-eating amoeba."This was a circus in which science and facts were sent to the scaffold," fumed Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance - and he was one of the panelists.Jennings feels he was played.
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Feb 11, 2016

Journalist's commandment: Thou shalt take no gift, for the gift blindeth the wise, & perverteth the words of the righteous. Ex. 23:8

Feb 10, 2016

Given chart 5, can any candidate from any party change anything? on.wsj.com/1ooVhbJ via @WSJecon

Feb 09, 2016

"Buying isn't fun. Shopping is." @danB said it in 2001. It's still true. bricklin.com/peoplepay.htm

Feb 07, 2016

stat of the day: More Americans voted in the last #presidentialelection [128 mm] than watched the last #SuperBowl [114 mm].


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