• Journalism

Aleszu Bajak

Program Manager

Aleszu Bajak manages the School of Journalism’s Media Innovation and Media Advocacy graduate programs and teaches courses in journalism, coding and data visualization. He is a freelance science and data journalist and editor of Storybench.org, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling from the journalism school.

In 2016, he was a founding senior writer at Undark, a magazine exploring the intersection of science and society based at the Knight Science Journalism Program at M.I.T., a fellowship he was awarded in 2013 where he explored the interface between journalists, designers and developers.

Bajak has been a freelance reporter in Latin America, a producer for the public radio show Science Friday, the founding editor of Esquire Classic, and once upon a time worked in the gene therapy department at Weill Cornell. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Boston Globe magazine, MIT Technology Review, Nature, Science, New Scientist, and Guernica, among other outlets.

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  • B.A. in Biology, B.A. in Spanish, Amherst College,2006


  • M.I.T. Knight Science Journalism Fellow, 2013-14

Courses Taught

  • StoryLab
  • Science Writing
  • Media Innovation Studio
  • Fundamentals of Digital Journalism
  • Digital Storytelling and Social Media

Research/Publications Highlights

• Newsroom Textual Analysis and Visualization Tools Built With R Shiny, Computation + Journalism Symposium, https://drive.google.com/file/d/10erZUBeZMq9fFMkHDroudh9-ntylSyOV/view

• Collaborative, Open, Mobile: A Thematic Exploration of Best Practices at the Forefront of Digital Journalism, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3036984

• Funding the News: Foundations and Nonprofit Media, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, https://shorensteincenter.org/funding-the-news-foundations-and-nonprofit-media/

Research Interests

  • Data journalism and data analytics
  • Exploring the interface between journalists designers and developers.
  • Science communication