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John Wihbey is an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern University, where he teaches in the Media Innovation program and is a faculty member with the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. 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 oversaw the Journalist’s Resource project. Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Knight Foundation, that project has played a leading role in bridging media and social science, and promoting the concept of knowledge-based journalism.
John writes for the Boston Globe, Pacific Standard, Nieman Journalism Lab and Yale Climate Connections. His professional media background includes stints as a reporter for the Star-Ledger (N.J.), where he covered local politics and environmental issues, and as a producer and digital editor for the NPR-syndicated show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” from WBUR-Boston.
His areas of interest and research include: social media and social networks; digital storytelling; data journalism; media effects on society; Internet and telecommunications policy; and climate change-related communications issues. Under a grant from the Stanton Foundation, he is currently co-leading a research project about government transparency and online access to data.
John taught at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston after college. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College 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.
Select media publications:
- “There Are Huge Holes in How the U.S. States Investigate Politicians’ Conflicts of Interest,” The Washington Post, “Monkey Cage,” Jan. 12, 2017
“Why It’s So Hard to See Politicians’ Financial Data,” New York Times, Oct. 4, 2016
- “Pros and Cons of a Carbon Tax: Key Issues,” Yale Climate Connections, July 20, 2016
- “Big Data’s Impending Struggle to Combat Climate Change,” Pacific Standard, April 23, 2016
- “Let’s Fix Math Education By Redefining Math,” National Geographic, March 24, 2016 in “Opinion”
- “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, 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
- “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
- “Transparency, Corruption, and the Information Needs of Communities: The Case of Personal Financial Disclosure,” Northeastern Public Law and Theory Faculty Research Series, Dec. 8, 2016
- “Journalists’ Use of Knowledge in an Online World,” Journalism Practice, Nov. 3, 2016
- “Journalists’ Use of Knowledge in an Online World: Examining Reporting Habits, Sourcing, and Institutional Norms,” (accepted paper) Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference 2016
- “Communicating about Climate Change with Journalists and Media Producers,” (co-author; in process) Oxford Research Encyclopedias, Climate Science, Jan. 2016
- “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