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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.

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.

Matters of Substance: A collaborative approach toward addressing substance abuse

reformer.com — Posted: 01/31/2016 09:19:42 AM EST Updated: 01/31/2016 09:19:58 AM EST An important trend that has been gaining momentum in our community is the close coordination between law enforcement, criminal justice system, treatment providers, and prevention professionals to address substance abuse and related problems. These partnerships are vital to the success in addressing the problems caused by drug addiction and alcohol abuse.
Jan 31, 2016

A collaborative approach toward addressing substance abuse by Brattleboro Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald ow.ly/XLEZF

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 air raid siren

recordnet.com — There's one private home in Stockton that boasts its own Cold-War-era Civil Defense air raid siren. Why on earth would a home have one of those things?To find out, I drove to a two-story brick house on the 2000 block of East Sonora Street.

Sweet city pensions Part 2: Police chiefs

recordnet.com — Stockton has eight retired police chiefs. Together they pull down more than $1.3 million a year in pensions, according to the California Public Employee Retirement System.The chiefs came up through the ranks. To say they put their lives on the line is not some cliché in Stockton.

Blog: Time out for art

recordnet.com — Artist Vanessa Hadady sends us one of her latest paintings: Lilacs in Crystal (ode to Manet), acrylic/canvas board, 9 x 12 inches Copyright Vanessa Hadady See a video of how she built up the painting here. Click here to read the full post

Accelerating Insurance Transformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Innovation Relationships

celent.com — Report Type: Industry Trends GeoLocation: North America Leading innovators in insurance seek partnerships with Insurtech startups to bring new capabilities and business models to the market. What should be done to make these partnerships work effectively? Establishing successful innovation partnerships is challenging, even in the rare cases when corporate values and cultures align.
Jan 26, 2016

New #CelentReport: Accelerating #Insurance Transformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly bit.ly/1ZQiBuy via @mikefitz01

Jan 27, 2016

RT @JamieMacgregorC: Great insight from @mikefitz01 on what's working and what's not with innovation partnerships across the #insurance i…lnkd.in/ec_8vvJ

Jan 27, 2016

RT @mikefitz01: How can fintechs and insurers partner more effectively? We asked/see results in new research: ow.ly/XyjSB @Celent_Research

The College Rape Overcorrection

niemanstoryboard.org — How to spark strong emotions in a story with lots of numbers and no central character Hide all annotations Show all annotations When Emily Yoffe started looking into the issue of young men being expelled from colleges over alleged sexual assaults, she had in mind writing a "cheeky" 2,500-word story telling them what not to do.

Notable Narrative: Ken Armstrong, T. Christian Miller and "An Unbelievable Story of Rape"

niemanstoryboard.org — Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller found themselves in the odd position of moving from competitors to collaborators, over the course of a phone call or two and a few emails. Miller says calling the lawyer of a potential source and finding out that another reporter had already been talking to her "was one of those moments both awful and fortuitous."
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Feb 01, 2016

Just ran across this post of Studs Terkel interviewing James Baldwin. One of the best I've ever heard. t.co/0A4XRm1vMt

Feb 01, 2016

Must we really countdown to the Iowa caucuses?


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