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.

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.

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.

'Cisgender' - And 'Hot Mess' - Added To Oxford English Dictionary - Towleroad

towleroad.com — The word " cisgender" has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), reports the Independent. The OED defines cisgender as "designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth".

Not Just A Pharmacy: CVS Unveils Its Digital Innovation Lab

fastcompany.com — Your toddler wakes you up in the middle of the night, pulling her ear. So you pull out your handy iPhone otoscope, pop it in her ear, shoot a video, and promptly send it out for diagnosis...to CVS.

Mary Mazzio, unlikely hero for those less fortunate

bostonglobe.com — Mary Mazzio, blue-eyed suburban hockey mom, also stands as one of the country's more prominent promoters of diversity. The White House earlier this year screened her most recent documentary, "Underwater Dreams," which chronicles how a team of immigrant Mexican high school kids built an underwater robot that won a national competition, beating out a team from MIT.

Boston Medical program offers bilingual healing

bostonglobe.com — Claudia Lopez's 7-year-old son had one eye that would not stop blinking, rapidly, like some kind of misplaced hummingbird's wing. Lopez's pediatrician thought it was a facial tic, caused by a neurological condition like Tourette syndrome, and recommended she take her son to Boston Medical Center.

Ruby Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition

shop.oreilly.com — Although Ruby is an easy language to learn, in the heat of action you may find that you can't remember the correct syntax for a conditional or the name of a method. This handy pocket reference offers brief yet clear explanations of Ruby's core...

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.
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Jun 29, 2015

Hey, Boston Globe Sunday Mag is looking for an assistant editor: chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc05/ats/care… Fun & talented group of folks there...

Jun 28, 2015

@jayrosen_nyu we used to call this person a producer. But that was just a way to not say editor.

Jun 26, 2015

RT @sree: Thinking of all those killed and injured in terror attacks in Tunisia and France today. RIP. | ht @ahess247 pic.twitter.com/NdfUJZrQkO

Jun 26, 2015

too big to jail: why bankers at the big banks pay for their crimes with $, not sentences. publicintegrity.org/2015/05/22/173…

Jun 25, 2015

RT @SteveLohr: $900 a month for tent life in Silicon Valley. Another bubble signal. @michaelrosen3 @ThisIsFusion fusion.net/story/156378/s… via @thisisfusion

Jun 25, 2015

RT @ATuozzolo: #Nola demographics changing: Now: 31.2% white (26.6% in '00) 58.8% black ( >66% in '00) Total pop: 384k (79% of '00) http:/…

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