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John Wihbey

Assistant Professor; Faculty Graduate Programs Advisor

John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University, where he serves as the faculty graduate programs advisor and as a faculty affiliate with the Global Resilience Institute and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. A Dean’s Research Fellow in the CAMD Data Storytelling Initiative, he is currently writing a book for MIT Press about the future of news in a networked world.

Previously, he was a lecturer at Boston University and an assistant director at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where he helped found and oversee the Journalist’s Resource project. Under a Stanton Foundation grant, he has co-led a project investigating patterns of state-level financial disclosure and government transparency issues. Currently, he is working on research relating to the reinvention of local television for the digital age, and on a project examining patterns of foundation funding for the nonprofit news sector. An advisory board member of Project Information Literacy, he is a co-researcher on a national study of college students’ news consumption habits.

John has published commentaries and articles in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, USA TodayPacific StandardNational Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nieman Journalism Lab and Yale Climate Connections. His research has been published in Journalism Practice, Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. His professional media background includes stints as a reporter for the Star-Ledger (N.J.) and as a producer and digital editor for the NPR-syndicated show “On Point,” from WBUR-Boston.

John taught at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston after college. He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Bowdoin College; he studied abroad at Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford University, and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He lives with his family in Arlington, Mass.


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