Aleszu Bajak

thumbnail_imageAleszu Bajak is a science journalist with a love for all things code. He is the editor of Storybench, Northeastern’s “under the hood” guide to digital storytelling. He teaches Fundamentals of Digital Journalism, StoryLab, and the Media Innovation Studio.
Bajak can be reached at .

Meredith Derby Berg

Meredith Derby Berg is an independent multimedia journalist, teacher and documentarian specializing in nonfiction storytelling via video, photos and words. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Marshall Project, Fusion, Advertising Age, Women’s Wear Daily, and Footwear News, among other publications. Berg runs a video production business called MDB Productions where she produces short videos for small business clients. She also regularly teaches news writing and reporting courses at Boston University. Berg holds a masters degree in Media Innovation from Northeastern University and a B.S. in journalism from Boston University.

John Guilfoil

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John Guilfoil is a 2007 graduate of Northeastern University with degrees in journalism and criminal justice, and he is a 2010 graduate of the Emerson College Print and Multimedia Journalism Master’s Degree program.

He started at the Boston Globe in 2006 as a co-op student, and worked his way up to staff metro reporter. At the Globe he covered a variety of topics from breaking news to politics to business. He covered three 10-alarm fires in his spot news career and was one of the lead reporters on major local and national crime stories including the Amy Bishop case and the murder of 6-year-old Camden Pierce Hughes, who was from Irving, Texas but whose identity was a mystery after his body was found in Maine in 2011. Guilfoil left the Globe after 2011 to become Deputy Press Secretary to the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He was at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when two bombs were detonated. He immediately went to work and spent the days and weeks that followed helping to manage a cadre of international media that had descended on Boston.
When Mayor Menino left office, he founded John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC, a public relations agency that provides services to a variety of clients with a concentration of police and fire departments across the country. Guilfoil teaches public relations and undergraduate journalism courses.
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Stephen Iandoli

Stephen Iandoli spent more than 20 years in mainstream media before becoming a “Brand Journalist” in 2010 when he started his own new-media business in 2010. He now specializes in providing professional online multimedia (video, audio, writing, etc.) services to companies or individuals.

Iandoli has anchored, reported, produced and written 1000’s of stories for network affiliate TV (CBS/NBC) around the country. He spent most of that time as a Sports Anchor/Reporter/Director in GA, AZ and TX before moving back to MA in 2006 and switching to news reporting for NECN in Boston.

He began his career as a print journalist in Worcester, MA in 1987 before hosting radio talk shows in TN and GA.

In 2003, while working for the NBC affiliate in Central TX, Iandoli was at the forefront of the Baylor University Men’s Basketball murder/scandal. Utilizing inside sources he broke several aspects of that national story and appeared in a documentary featuring one of the worst collegiate scandals in this nation’s history.

He loves sharing his real-life experiences with aspiring journalists, writers and digital storytellers. He can be reached at .

Jean McMillan Lang

164071_1638631259398_6030099_nJean McMillan Lang has taught Interpreting the Days News, J1 and J2. She also freelances for The Boston Globe and occasionally The Associated Press. She was a staff writer for AP, primarily based in the Boston Statehouse. She also previously worked for The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, and Foster’s Daily Democrat of Dover, N.H. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College where she was editor-in-chief of The Heights, an independent student newspaper.

Lang can be reached at .

Bill Mitchell

thumbnail_Bill Mitchell mugBill Mitchell is a journalist who has worked mostly online for the past 25 years. After launching a digital news operation at the Detroit Free Press in 1991, he moved to the San Jose Mercury News and led the team that produced one of the first online newspapers, Mercury Center. Still in Silicon Valley, he helped create UClick, the digital arm of Universal Press Syndicate. He went to work for the Poynter Institute in 1999 and led the team that created He also taught entrepreneurial journalism, ethics and newsroom leadership. As head of Poynter’s international programs, he trained journalists in Africa, Asia and Europe. Bill took a buyout from Poynter in 2012 and currently serves as a Poynter affiliate. Before catching the digital start-up bug, Bill was a reporter, editor, Washington correspondent and European correspondent for the Free Press & Knight Ridder. He was also a bureau chief for TIME and has served twice as a Pulitzer juror. He and his wife, Carol, live across the hall from their daughter and her family in Brookline and blog about it at

Bill has previously taught Journalism Ethics and Issues JRNL4650 and Perspectives on Journalism Ethics JRNL6202. He is teaching JRNL4650 in the Fall 2016 semester. He can be reached at .

Meredith O’Brien

thumbnail_2013-04-08 16.14.16Meredith O’Brien is a former newspaper and investigative reporter, award-winning columnist and blogger who has taught journalism and writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Framingham State University. She is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum a collection of humor columns (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2007), Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing which was a finalist for a ForeWord Reviews debut novel competition (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2013), and a co-author of The Buying of the President which examined the connections between campaign donors and presidential candidates (Avon 1996). O’Brien’s fourth book, Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears & Jazz in a Middle School Band Room, a work of narrative nonfiction, is slated to be published in the spring of 2017. She has been published in an array of publications and sites including the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Huffington Post and The Nation. O’Brien teaches Interpreting the Day’s News. Visit her website ( and follow her on Twitter (@MeredithOBrien).

O’Brien can be reached at

Tinker Ready

thumbnail_tr head 2Tinker Ready is a veteran health and science journalist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently writes for Health Leaders Media, a website and magazine covering the hospital industry. Ready also blogs and reports for Boston Health News. Her freelance work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Nature Medicine, Fast Company, The Washington Post and other local and national publications. She teaches The Fundamentals of Reporting.

The Boston Globe: Gay history comes alive on Mount Auburn Cemetery tour

Health Leaders Media: Surgical Specialization May Trump Volume as Measure of Quality

Ready can be reached at .

Dan Zedek

Dan Zedek heads a design studio specializing in content-driven design and strategy. As creative director of The Boston Globe and, he led the print and digital design, news development, data visualization, and infographics teams, building an award-winning visual brand. The Society for News Design named “The World’s Best Designed News Site” at launch in 2012. Prior to the Globe, he was a designer or art director at numerous local and national publications including Natural Health, Seattle Weekly, The Dallas Observer, Parenting, Guitar World, and the Village Voice.