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John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern. A technology writer, radio producer and media analyst, he teaches digital storytelling, data journalism and reporting. His areas of interest include social networks, online research and information-seeking behavior, data and access to knowledge issues, and sustainability and climate change. He writes for the Boston Globe, Nieman Journalism Lab and Yale Climate Connections. He has also reported for the Star-Ledger (N.J.), where he covered environmental issues, and was a producer and digital editor for the NPR show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” at WBUR-Boston.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds master’s degrees from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Arlington, Mass.
Select media publications:
- “Big Data’s Impending Struggle to Combat Climate Change,” Pacific Standard, April 23, 2016
- “3 Qs: Is there a media bias in terrorist attack coverage?” News @ Northeastern, March 30, 2016.
- “Let’s Fix Math Education By Redefining Math,” National Geographic, March 24, 2016 in “Opinion.”
- “3Qs: Debating the ethics of Rolling Stone’s controversial ‘El Chapo’ interview,” News @ Northeastern, Jan. 14, 2016.
- “2015’s key climate science research advances,” Yale Climate Connections, Jan. 7, 2016
- “The Closing of American’s Open Road: The Connected Car Brings Efficiency — and the End of a Long Cultural Romance,” Cognoscenti, WBUR, Jan. 1, 2016
- “From ‘Facebook Revolution’ to ‘Twitter Jihad’: Five years on, how we got from Tunisia and the Arab Spring to where we are now,” Pacific Standard, Dec. 17, 2015.
- “Nuancing ‘climate refugee’ language and images: Migration, climate change and a complex reality,” Yale Climate Connections, Dec. 14, 2015
- “Investigating the network: The top 10 articles from the year in digital news and social media research,” Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University, Dec. 11, 2015
- “The looming battle for clean data,” Boston Globe “Ideas,” Nov. 22, 2015
- “Does the secret to social networking lie in the remote jungle?” Boston Globe “Ideas,” Oct. 4, 2015
- “Fly or drive? Parsing the evolving climate math,” Yale Climate Connections, Sept. 2, 2015
- “At sea in a deluge of data,” (co-author) Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7, 2014
- “Rethinking viral: Why the digital world is not as democratic as we think,” Pacific Standard, June 9, 2014
- “Aaron Swartz and the cause of openness,” Boston Globe, Jan. 8, 2014
- “Communicating about climate change with journalists and media producers,” (co-author; in process) Oxford Research Encyclopedias, Climate Science, Jan. 2016.
- “Visualizing public records appeals in your state,” (co-author) Storybench, Dec. 15, 2015
- “Understanding what makes a visualization memorable,” Storybench, Northeastern University, Nov. 3, 2015
- “Making federal data more useful and accessible to fuel media and democracy: A report for the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology,” Journalist’s Resource/Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Dec. 12, 2014
- “The challenges of democratizing news and information: Examining data on social media, viral patterns and digital influence,” Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, June 6, 2014
- “Who gets a press pass? Media credentialing practices in the United States,” (co-author) Shorenstein Center/Berkman Center, Harvard University, June 5, 2014