Caty Enders

A contributing editor at The Guardian, Caty Enders currently oversees special projects on science, environment and health. Her work has appeared in Outside, Esquire and All Things Considered, among others. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and a grant from the Association of Independents in Radio. She has spoken at the Society of Environmental Journalists and the World Conference of Science Journalists on writing and the award-winning series she launched on threats to America’s public lands. She was formerly an editor at Outside magazine and a freelance writer and radio producer. Before that, she could be found at Here & Now, Gawker, the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary and Northwestern University.


Dan Lothian

Dan Lothian is the founder of Little Park Media which offers video & podcast production services and media strategy. He is a Visiting Scholar in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University and a panelist on the WGBH program “Beat the Press.”

Prior to launching his own venture Lothian spent more than a decade as a correspondent at CNN, the last five years at the network as a White House Correspondent.  He was named to this position in 2008. Before joining CNN’s Washington bureau Lothian served as CNN’s Boston bureau chief and correspondent. In addition to reporting, Lothian was responsible for coordinating all news coverage from the greater-Boston area.

He teaches Perspectives on Journalism Ethics and Thinking like a Media Entrepreneur.


Pien Huang

Pien Huang is an audio producer and reporter, currently a reporting fellow with The GroundTruth Project and WCAI. Her stories on art, environment, and culture have been featured on NPR, the BBC, PRI and PRX. She’s a former staff producer for the NPR show On Point, and executive producer of “Data Made to Matter,” a podcast from MIT Sloan School of Management.

She teaches Podcasting and Radio Reporting.


Scott Helman

Scott Helman is the editor for emerging media at The Boston Globe, where he’s worked as a writer, editor, multimedia producer, and live storytelling director since 2000. He is the editor and director of Globe Live, a show of original nonfiction storytelling. He has co-authored two books, The Real Romney and Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice. In 2017, he, with fellow members of the Spotlight Team, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. He was previously a staff writer for the Globe Magazine, political editor, and a national political reporter, serving as a lead writer on the 2008 presidential campaign.

He teaches Fundamentals of Digital Journalism.


Aleszu Bajak

thumbnail_imageAleszu Bajak is a science journalist with a love for all things code. He is the editor of Storybench, Northeastern School of Journalism’s “under the hood” guide to digital storytelling. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, M.I.T. Technology Review and Nature. He is a faculty affiliate with Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute and an affiliate of the NU Lab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

In 2013, Aleszu was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at M.I.T. where he explored the interface between journalists, designers and developers. Three years later, 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. The year before, he launched and edited Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine.

He teaches Fundamentals of Digital Journalism, Digital Storytelling and Social Media, StoryLab, and the Media Innovation Studio.


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.


Shira T. Center

Shira T. Center is an assistant metro editor at the Globe, where she oversees the newsroom’s local politics coverage, from City Hall to the State House, to campaigns across the Commonwealth. She ran the newsroom’s New Hampshire primary coverage in 2016. Prior to the Globe, Shira was a political journalist in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. She was the politics editor for Roll Call, a top news organization covering Congress, and her work appeared in Politico, National Journal, Washingtonian and the Washington Post.

In 2014, Shira was as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, one of the youngest professionals ever selected for the program. She was selected as a Top 25 under 35 newsroom leader by Editor & Publisher in 2017.

Shira teaches Covering the Resistance.


John Guilfoil

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John Guilfoil started at the Boston Globe in 2006 as a co-op student, and worked his way up to staff metro reporter, covering a variety of topics from breaking news to politics to business. 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.


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.


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. He went to work for the Poynter Institute in 1999 and led the team that created 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 and Perspectives on Journalism Ethics.


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 Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears & Jazz in a Middle School Band Room, A Suburban Mom: Notes from the AsylumMortified: A Novel About Oversharing, and a co-author of The Buying of the President. 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. She 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. She can be reached at .