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.

Should mainstream journalism be more like John Oliver?

medium.com — The rap on journalists is that we're advocates. The New York Times pushes liberal causes, FoxNew counters for conservatives. Advocates don't cut through spin by politicians and the powerful, they reinforce or counter. Mainstream journalists, and I count myself one, want to present information that leads to a true account of something.

Pitching Startups, Roxbury Style: Apps, Bodyguards & More

xconomy.com — There's a parking space, despite the rain, right outside Hibernian Hall the night of Pitch in the City, Roxbury's first startup pitch event, in late March. "Some event," I mutter to myself as I go inside. In fact, the big hall on the 3rd floor is jammed with people.

Ex-NYT Editor's Startup Takes Shape, Raises Business Questions

xconomy.com — Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson filled in some more details about a journalism venture she's starting with Steven Brill, saying it had hired writers and was "very close" to announcing an investor.

What Reporters Need to Know About Covering Net Neutrality

niemanreports.org — Imagine that the water in your home runs more slowly in the morning, when you most need it. Cooking, drinking, showering, and watering the garden are all possible, but they take longer because the flow has been reduced to a trickle.

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.
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May 21, 2015

startups I heard about today: endor.com, ginger.io, Gisto, lab41, Pindrop, Sight Machine, Truefit, TURN, VMTurbo #conferences

May 21, 2015

Boston has started using Waze to send bike cops after double parked cars during rush hour, says @dank

May 21, 2015

Boston is also creating a real time tracker for permitting, ie Domino's pizza tracker, says @dank

May 21, 2015

Boston is building a Yelp for citizens, StreetCred, that will give people points for civic contribs, like coaching little league, says @dank

May 20, 2015

Just heard the phrase "#zigzag careers" for the first time. Turns out David Diamond wrote about it 20 years ago. fastcompany.com/27050/zig-zag-…

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