I write about innovation and creators, science and religion. UChicago, Nieman/TCJF

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.

Tommy Chang on leading a school system like a startup

bostonglobe.com — Globe Magazine: You've been handing out Atul Gawande's "Cowboys and Pit Crews" [a 2011 commencement address on why the medical profession needs to be more collaborative]. How is it being received? Tommy Chang: When I walk schools, I have heard people use the words "we're going to act more as pit crews," so it has been generally very positive.

Meet teen titans launching businesses (and still doing their homework)

bostonglobe.com — HOW DID YOUR KID SPEND SUMMER VACATION? Ethan Wong finished putting together a provisional patent application for one business he's starting and helped develop a prototype device for another. In his spare time, the 15-year-old, now a sophomore at Winchester High School, practiced fencing (he made the nationals) and the violin.

From ivory tower to incubator: Transforming students and researchers into entrepreneurs

reuters.com — Sample6 is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup with a new way to detect food-borne pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella. Its technology was conceived in a Boston University lab, and the company was cofounded by Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD students Michael Koeris, Timothy Lu and Tanguy Chau.
Sep 16, 2015

From ivory tower to incubator: my piece on the transformation of university tech transfer. reut.rs/1MnQGAm via @Reuters

Sep 16, 2015

From ivory tower to incubator: @riparian on how universities transform students & researchers into entrepreneurs reuters.com/article/2015/0…

Sep 21, 2015

RT @Cortellis: From ivory tower to incubator: Transforming students and researchers into entrepreneurs reut.rs/1FlqmV0 #Reuters100 #sciencetostartup

Sep 29, 2015

RT @webofscience: From ivory tower to incubator: transforming students and researchers into entrepreneurs reut.rs/1FlqmV0 #Reuters100

Parenting while white: afraid for my black sons

bostonglobe.com — I do not think of my sons as black, but they think of me as white. It is not a compliment. "That's what it's like having a white dad," my younger one said after I told his friend we put away our screens at the dining table.
Aug 11, 2015

My friend @riparian has 2 smart, hilarious, charming sons. They're black; he's white. What that means for his family: bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/…

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Why doesn’t Boston have a better zoo?

bostonglobe.com — In the Long Crouch Woods a few hundred feet outside Franklin Park Zoo, a fence studded with twisted prongs encloses a pit with a cluster of rocks clumped around a tree trunk. It looks like some forgotten gladiator's pen. The pit, called the Raccoon Tree, once housed the zoo's raccoons.
Jul 30, 2015

Love John Tlumacki's photos on my #zoo story. I'd tweet those separately if I could. bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/… via @BostonGlobe

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55 and Counting, Poems by David Waldon

indiegogo.com — Clearly a champ, David Waldon crams tons of life, love, death and politics into smart 55-word poems. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Auto Update: How "Teen Driver" Hopes To Give Cars A Major System Upgrade

fastcompany.com — "Okay, unbuckle your seat belt," the GM spokesman tells me over the din of a cranked Sirius station. I undo the belt of the 2016 Chevy Malibu. In a "click," the radio stops instantly.

Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Scarborough Threatened To Set Himself On Fire Because He Loves The Gays: LISTEN

towleroad.com — Pastor Rick Scarborough - that odd fellow who recently said he would set himself on fire if same-sex marriage became legal (but didn't really mean it) - has said he loves gay people so much he wants to remind them they are going straight to hell.

Over 26 Million People Have Used Facebook's Rainbow Pride Filter

towleroad.com — Following Friday's Supreme Court decision, over 26 million people on Facebook used the social media site's Pride filter to create a rainbow filtered version of their profile picture to "celebrate Pride." Although Facebook spokesperson William Nevius has said that the social network's rainbow flag profile image campaign was "not an experiment or test," research suggests such campaigns could lead to a change in social attitudes.
Jun 30, 2015

More than 26 million people have used Facebook's rainbow pride filter. towleroad.com/2015/06/26-mil…

Alan Keyes: Charleston Massacre An Attempt To 'Intimidate' Anti-gay Christians

towleroad.com — GOP conspiracy theorist Alan Keyes has said that the murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was an incident of pro-gay, anti-Christian violence, reports Right Wing Watch. Keyes - who has compared homosexuality to eating boogers - said that he has experienced more animosity due to his religious beliefs than to his race.
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Oct 08, 2015

Hey, a journalist (Svetlana Alexievich) wins the Nobel Prize in literature! on.wsj.com/1L1oG2q via @WSJ

Oct 07, 2015

RT @niemanfdn: How to do #DataJournalism without a lot of money -- "as long as you know where to look." hvrd.me/T8Y1M

Oct 07, 2015

@FabLabHub @ScottKirsner It's really hard to get people to talk about failure, and even harder to get pubs to publish failure stories.

Oct 06, 2015

Freelance should not = indentured worditude. But indemnity clauses threaten to make it so. poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Oct 05, 2015

Entrepreneurs praise failure, but won't talk about their own. @Scottkirsner gets them to. betaboston.com/news/2015/10/0… via @BetaBoston

Oct 04, 2015

When did phone calls and email go the way of telegrams and carrier pigeons? #obsolescence

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