Published works | Speaking engagements | Classes taught | Fellowships & Awards
Aleszu Bajak is a freelance science journalist who teaches journalism, design, data visualization and programming at Northeastern University. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, M.I.T. Technology Review and Nature.
Aleszu is the editor of Storybench.org, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling from Northeastern's School of Journalism, and LatinAmericanScience.org, a resource for science news and opinion out of Latin America. 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. The year before, he launched and edited Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine.
In 2013, Aleszu was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at M.I.T. where he explored the interface between journalists, designers and developers between visits to the Muddy Charles. Since then, he has taught courses and led workshops at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Brandeis University, Harvard Extension School, and Boston University's Storytelling with Data.
Aleszu has been a freelance reporter in Latin America, a producer for the public radio show Science Friday, 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, bioGraphic, Esquire, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Beeradvocate, and Guernica, among other outlets. He grew up in New Jersey, Germany and Colombia and has lived in Chile, Peru and Argentina. He can be reached at firstname lastname at gmail.com.
21st Century Policing
In Police Body Camera Footage, Tech Companies See a Niche
Breaking Down "Broken Windows"
The 2016 Presidential Election
Can Donald Trump Dismantle the EPA? It’s Been Tried Before
Mobilizing Green Latinos
Hillary Clinton and the Cultural Biases of Being ‘Presidential’
Micro-targeting and the 2016 Election
Growing West Virginia’s solar sector?
The Zika Epidemic
Changing Latin America's Culture of Insular Science
Playing Politics With Zika — and the Public’s Health
The Blind Pursuit of Mosquito Control
For the U.S., a More Worrisome Zika Vector?
For Venezuela's Zika Woes, Some Tylenol
While Congress Dithered, the Zika Virus Flourished in Puerto Rico
Maps and Podcasts
Map: Oil and Water: The Dakota Access Pipiline
Map: The Persistent Scourge of Lead Paint
Podcast: Rebuilding Louisiana’s disappearing delta. Plus, the accompanying article.
Browse all my stories for Undark here.
The Washington Post
Someone Is Tracking How Much You Vape on Twitter
Her Brain Tormented Her, and Doctors Could Not Understand Why
What Does Twitter Say About Your Diet?
Chile’s Scientists Take to the Streets
Argentina: The RNA Sleuths
U.S. Assesses Virus of the Caribbean
Key Galapagos Research Station in Trouble
Microbe new to science found in self-fermented beer
Colombian coffee science
Lectures aren’t just boring, they’re ineffective, too
Abundant natural gas may do little to reduce U.S. emissions
How Quartz is bringing storytelling and interactive design to sponsored content
Revolutionizing the work of newsrooms by making citizen videos searchable
How to learn responsive web design by coding your own news article
How to organize your data for various charts and graphs
Boxing in Cuba (book review)
Phil Caputo: What I've Learned
Don Zimmer’s hard head
Frank Sinatra Turns 100
Map: Arthur Miller's New York Universe
Quiz: Which Tech Titan said it?
Dataviz: Happy Birthday, Martin Scorsese!
Video: Dean Kamen and the FIRST robotics competition
Video: Counting horseshoe crabs on Long Island
Video: Tending crops on a Brooklyn rooftop
Catcher in the fog
Fossil fuels get a lot more global subsidies than public health does
Failures of Brazil's universal health care plan offer lessons for the US
The world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?
In Water We Trust
Should You Be Worried About the BPA in Your Beer Can?
Sequencing Wild Yeast
Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas
The Lager Yeast Genome Project
Brewing in Thin Air
Safeguarding biodiversity in tourism hotspots
Represas hidroeléctricas propician extinción de especies
Prevenir pandemias es más barato que combatirlas
Intervención de la comunidad ayuda a prevenir el Chagas
Catching fog in Lima
Darwin, Neruda and Me
Latin American Science
The future of Latin American science
A year later, the effects of a volcanic eruption still plague Patagonia
A farm runs on homemade biodiesel in Argentina
Zócalo Public Square
How can we fight the rise of deadly superbugs?
Colombian coffee at the crossroads
The Specialty Coffee Chronicle
Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms?
Christian Science Monitor
São Paulo razes crack cocaine shantytown
Speaking engagements, workshops
Urban Tensions hackathon, Northeastern University, 2017
Covering Housing workshop, Nieman Foundation, 2017
Communicating ciencia, National Association of Science Writers conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
So you want to be a data journalist?, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 2016
Intro to data visualization workshop, Nieman Foundation, 2016
Iberoamerican conference on science journalism, Digital frontiers keynote talk, Mexico, 2015
Power of Narrative conference panel on digital journlism and seminar on Latin American science, Boston University, 2015
Storytelling with Data workshop on data visualization tools, Boston University, 2015
World Conference of Science Journalists panel on Latin American science, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
Ciencia y periodismo (Science and Journalism), Nexos Chile-USA keynote talk, Harvard University D.R.C.L.A.S., 2015
Digital cartography workshop, Nieman Foundation, 2015
Digital Storytelling and Social Media, Northeastern Journalism School
Nieman Digital Storytelling, Nieman Foundation
Fundamentals of Digital Journalism, Northeastern Journalism School
Science and Journalism in Society, Brandeis University
Media Innovation Studio, Northeastern Journalism School
StoryLab: Reinventing Magazine Journalism, Northeastern Journalism School
Foreign Correspondence in the Digital Age, Harvard Extension School
Fellowships & Awards
Knight Science Journalism Fellow, M.I.T., 2013—2014
Ocean Science Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, September, 2014
Information is Beautiful Award, shortlist for best data visualization website, Storybench.org, 2015
Best magazine writing, North American Guild of Beer Writers
Sequencing Wild Yeast, 1st place, 2016
Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas, 1st place, 2015
Stemming the Rise of Barley Disease, 3rd place, 2014
Brewing in Thin Air, 3rd place, 2013