Aleszu Bajak

Science journalist

Published works | Speaking engagements | Classes taught | Fellowships & Awards

Aleszu Bajak is a freelance journalist who covers science across the Americas for outlets like The Washington Post, Nature and Science. He also teaches journalism, design, data visualization and programming at Northeastern University and Brandeis University.

Aleszu is the editor of Storybench.org, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling, and LatinAmericanScience.org, a resource for science news and opinion out of Latin America. In 2015, he launched and edited Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. In 2013, he 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.

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, Esquire, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Beer Advocate, 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.



A more complete list of published works
 
The Washington Post

Her brain tormented her, and doctors could not understand why

What does Twitter say about your diet?

Nature

Chile’s scientists take to the streets

Argentina: The RNA Sleuths

Chikungunya in the Caribbean

Key Galapagos research station in trouble

Storybench

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

Science Insider

Colombian coffee science

Lectures aren’t just boring, they’re ineffective, too

Abundant natural gas may do little to reduce U.S. emissions

Esquire

Boxing in Cuba (book review)

Phil Caputo: What I've Learned

Don Zimmer’s Hard Head

Frank Sinatra Turns 100

Mapped: Arthur Miller's New York Universe

Quiz: Which Tech Titan Said It?

Data visualization: Happy Birthday, Martin Scorsese!

New Scientist

Catcher in the fog

Global Post

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

Ensia magazine

In Water We Trust

SciDev.Net

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

Guernica

Catching fog in Lima

Trunk magazine

Darwin, Neruda and Me

Beer Advocate magazine

Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas

The Lager Yeast Genome Project

Brewing in Thin Air

Modern Farmer

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
 
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
What is Data Journalism?, Northeastern University, 2014
What is Science Journalism?, Framingham State University, 2014
 

 
Classes taught
 
Spring 2016
Science and Journalism in Society, Brandeis University
Fall 2015
Media Innovation Studio, Northeastern Journalism School
Spring 2015
StoryLab: Reinventing Magazine Journalism, Northeastern Journalism School
Summer 2014
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
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