Journalism

A selection of some of my journalistic work, as writer, editor and broadcaster

2011-2012

The Oct-Nov 2011 issue coverOde Magazine Oct.- Nov. 2011:
Speaking in tongues — Why the Oro Win are fighting to preserve their native language–and what that means for the rest of us.

2010

Electrum

December 16, 2010

"Soft Countries Make Soft Men"

Q&A with Mike Newell, director of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Are We Alone?

December 10, 2010

Skeptic Check: Cell Phone Danger

Business Matters

November 10, 2010

Are Cell Phones Dangerous?

On The Media

May 21, 2010

Cell Phone Study Provides Few Answers

How can one study produce so many conflicting reports?

Popular Science

May 17, 2010

Cell Phones and Cancer

The Interphone study finds no increase in risk but the long-term effects of prolonged cell phone use require further study — and will spark fresh controversy

The Takeaway

March 2, 2010

Telling a Story Through Numbers

Kaiser Fung, author of Numbers Rule Your World, and James Geary discuss whether words or numbers better connect people to a story.

Popular Science

Article image from Practical Science

March 2010

Disconnected

Your cell phone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work..

Ode

Jan-Feb 2010

When did humans start changing the environment?

2009

The Social Investment Almanack

September 2009

Published by Society Media, this annual review features my primer on philanthro- capitalism

BBC World Service

July 5, 2009

The World Today
Does humor have a place in politics? Find out in this excerpt from The World Today, hosted by Rebecca Kesby, with Vitali Vitaliev and James Geary.

Popular Science

Article image from Practical Science

April 2009

Who Protects the Internet?
Pull up the wrong undersea cable and the Internet goes dark in Berlin or Dubai. Meet the people who stand guard over the World Wide Web.

Hear a podcast of PopSci's Cocktail Party Science, in which host Chuck Cage discusses protecting the Internet with Deputy Editor Jake Ward and James Geary.

Edge

January 1, 2009

This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What will change everything? What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?

2008

Ode

July-Aug. 2008

The physics of funny

Jos Houben and the art of silent comedy

The Observer

July 13, 2008

I, Robot

Although we've always been a bionic species, says James Geary, we're now blurring the line between man and machine like never before.

Ode

Ode Cover, May 2008

May 2008

Kapow!

An anatomy of the “new activism”

This issue was nominated for a Maggie award, the accolades handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/Consumer category.

Edge

January 1, 2008

This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What have you changed your mind about? Why?

2007

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4, October 21, 2007
A modest proposal for funding the BBC...

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post's site logoSeptember 2007
U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown can choose his moment for the next election; oh why, oh why can't I...?

Salon.com's site logo Salon

Bomb plot tests British again

July 2, 2007
New Prime Minister Gordon Brown edges away from Tony Blair and the Iraq war as the U.K. braces against the rising terror threat

Tony Blair’s toodle-oo

June 29, 2007
If the British people really do want less spin and more substance from their prime minister, then Gordon Brown could be the man to deliver it.

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post's site logoJune 2007
I’m a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Check out my debut contribution, on Dylan Evans' utopia experiment in Scotland, and/or my take on the RoboCup 2007 robotic soccer championship.

Popular Science

No Way OutJune 2007
The Litvin- enko Assass- ination: Move over weapons of mass destruction; make way for targeted nuclear terrorism

This article appears in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008. Buy the American edition (Houghton Miffin) at amazon.com.

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4, April 15, 2007
More on Britain’s relationship to the tabloid press...

Edge

January 1, 2007
This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What are you optimistic about? Why?

2006

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4, December 3, 2006
On the tabloid press and British impertinence toward authority...

The British Journalism Review

Vol. 17, No. 1, 2006, pages 41-44

In praise of the tabs (sort of) — Why I (kind of) like the British tabloid press...

e.i./The Independent

July 17, 2006
Comment is free, correct? Well, only up to a point ... In an age when every other person seems to be a blogger, the value of high-quality commentary to established outlets is having an impact that is economic as well as journalistic. James Geary reports

Neiman Fellowship

I am the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

The Spring 2014 issue coverNie­man Reports
Re-writ­ing J-School: How journ­alism schools are trying to connect class­rooms to newsrooms

The Winter 2014 issue coverNie­man Reports
Winter 2014: The State of Journalism in China 25 years after Tianamen

The Summer-Fall 2013 issue coverNie­man Reports
Sum­mer- Fall 2013: The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard Special 75th Anniversary Issue

The Spring 2013 issue coverNie­man Reports
Spring 2013 The Signal and The Noise Journalism and the Future of Crowd­sourced Reporting after the Boston Marathon Bombings

The Winter 2012 issue coverNie­man Reports
Winter 2013 Critical Cond­ition Why Professional Criticism Matters

Nieman Reports
Fall 2012
Waving, Not Drowning
Thoughts on The Future of The Magazine

I was a 2011-2012 Nieman fellow at Harvard University

Ode

I was the editor of Ode/The Intelligent Optimist, a magazine about positive change, from 2006 to 2012.

First page of the storyJuly- Aug. 2013:
The Un­bear­able Light­ness of Bore­dom
The sur­pris­ing bene­fits of being bored

The Jan.- Feb. 2013 issue coverJan.- Feb. 2013:
Walking on Water
One man’s odyssey to retrace and reduce his water footprint

The Jan/Feb 2012 issue coverNov.- Dec. 2012:
True Grit — How per­sistence makes us who we are.

The July/Aug 2012 issue coverJuly- Aug. 2012:
Sure Enough — How doubt can lead to greater intimacy, enhanced self- confidence and a deeper sense of spirituality

The June 2012 issue coverMay- June 2012:
Hid­den Per­suad­ers — Exploring the promise and the perils of the new unconscious.

The May 2012 issue coverJan.- Feb. 2012:
Life Wi­th­out Lea­d­ers — It's followers who have solutions to our most chal­lenging social and political problems.

The Dec 2011 issue coverDec. 2011 Who needs banks any­way? In the new age of austerity, communities are coming together to finance and run their own projects and services.

This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Business, Fin­ance, Man­age­ment & Retail/Trade & Cons­umer category.

The Spetember 2011 issue coverSept. 2011:
The sp­ir­it of money — Why we need to restore a sense of the sacred to the economy.

The July/August 2011 issue coverJuly- Aug. 2011 The com­p­assion in­sti­nct Research shows that a compassionate attitude towards others improves mental and physical health.

This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/Cons­umer category.

The Spring 2011 issue coverJune 2011 A Poli­ti­cally In­cor­rect Sol­u­tion to Cli­mate Change Global warming seems inevitable. So maybe we should stop trying to prevent it and start finding ways to live with it — through adaptation.

This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Best News Story/Consumer category.

The Spring 2011 issue coverSpring 2011 A new fo­od mani­festo It's time to take back control of what and how we eat. Here's why.

This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publ­ications Ass­ociation, in the Politics & Social Issues/ Consumer category.

The July/August 2010 issue coverOct. 2010:
Reading, Writing and Rev­el­a­tion — How the written word helps refresh body, mind and soul.

This story/issue was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/ Consumer category.

The July/August 2010 issue coverJuly/ Aug. 2010:
The Wis­dom of One — How dissent spurs innovation, creativity, and social justice.

This story/issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best Single Article/Feature category and was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Politics & Social Issues/Consumer category.

Ode's Dec. 2009 coverJuly–Oct. 2010: Save some, spend some — How be­havioral ec­on­omics explains why spending comes so much easier than saving.

This special issue was nominated for a an Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best supp­lement/annual category as well as a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Best Series of Articles/ Consumer category.

Ode's March 2010 coverMarch 2010: The joy of dirt — One man's odyssey to retrace and reduce his soil footprint.

This story/issue was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Pub­lications Ass­ociation, in the Best News Story/Consumer category.

Ode's Dec. 2009 coverDec- ember 2009: The sol­u­tions we need now — The Cop­en­hagen Climate Change Conference issue

This issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Supplemental An­nual/One-Shot, Full Issue category.

The August 2009 issue coverAug. 2009:
Why We Laugh — A special issue devoted to all things jesting and jocular.

This issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best Full Issue category.

The March 2009 issue coverMay 2009:
New in- sights from be- havioral economics show that altruism rather than avarice is our primary motivation.

This issue won a silver Eddie, the accolades handed out by Fol­io Magazine, in the Single Article/ Consumer, News/Comm­entary/Gen­eral Interest cat­egory. This story/issue won a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Wes­tern Pub­lica­tions Ass­ocia­tion, in the Politics & Social Issues/ Con­sumer cat­egory and was nom­inated in the Best News Story/Consumer category.

The March 2009 issue cover March 2009: Improve mental health with neuro- feedback How you can train your brain to help reduce stress, enhance creativity and improve mental health.

The October 2008 issue cover   Oct. 2008: In Praise of Failure
Failing is among life's least pleasant experiences, but nothing else is as essential to success.

The Summer 2008 issue cover   Jul- Aug. 2008: The Silence Issue — Everything you always wanted to know about peace and quiet.

This issue was nominated for two Maggie awards, the accolades handed out by the Wes­tern Pub­lica­tions Ass­ocia­tion, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/ Consumer and Special Theme Issue/ Consumer categories.

Ode's Jun 2008 coverJun. 2008: Buddha in the Board- room — Is doing good compatible with making money? It is if you practice spiritual capitalism.

Ode Cover April 2008 Apr. 2008: Not the same old drive- thru — How new green fast-food chains are serving up burgers and fries to feel good about.

This issue won a Maggie award, the accolades handed out by the Western Pub­lica­tions Ass­ociation, in the Politics & Social Issues/Con­sumer category.

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©1986-2014 James Geary

“Sometimes, two goldfish in a bowl are enough”

The World Weekly

During 2012, I was the founding editor-in-chief of The World Weekly, a “freemium” international news magazine combining original journalism with curated content from the best publications around the world.

You can read my inaugural editor's letter here.

The first issue of WWFrom Sept­em­ber thro­ugh Dec­em­ber of 2012, I co-developed the magazine's editorial formulaThe second issue of WW and edited the first three issues, before taking up my role as the deputy curator of the Nieman Found­ation for Journ­alism The third issue of WWat Har­vard.

During the same period, I was also an editorial adviser to The European Daily, a new website devoted to covering the news from a distinctly European perspective.

TIME Magazine

I worked for TIME from 1996–2006, first as a writer, then as senior editor, founding editor of timeeurope.com, deputy editor and ultimately as Europe Editor, responsible for the European edition of the magazine

 

The Other Face of FranceThe Other Face of France
November 21, 2005
Can France bring order to the streets and hope to the restive minorities of the banlieues? (writer/editor)

Streets of FireStreets of Fire
November 14, 2005
Nights of mayhem scorch France’s troubled banlieues and blacken the country’s image of itself (editor)

The Lost Tribes of EuropeThe Lost Tribes of Europe
August 29, 2005
As national borders blur, the Continent’s original minorities are fighting to reclaim their ancient cultures and identities (writer, cover story)

No Way OutNo Way Out
August 8, 2005
After a massive manhunt, Britain’s suspected suicide bombers are nabbed. But that doesn't mean the threat of more attacks is over (editor)

The Wonders of EuropeThe Wonders of Europe
Special Issue, July 4-11, 2005
(editor)

Don't Mention the WarDon’t Mention the War
May 9, 2005
Tony Blair looks set to win what he’s said will be his last campaign. but for many, the Iraq war has tarnished his legacy (editor)

Slaughter of the InnocentsSlaughter of the Innocents
September 13, 2004
Inside the Beslan Siege (senior editor)

Everyman’s OdysseyEveryman’s Odyssey
July 5, 2004
James Geary joins a crowd of James Joyce devotees on a Bloomsday trek through Dublin in pursuit of the elusive, allusive soul of Ulysses (writer)

A Strike at Europe’s HeartA Strike at Europe’s Heart
March 22, 2004
Inside the Madrid train bombings (senior editor)

Living with RiskLiving with Risk
July 28, 2003
Science can pinpoint potential dangers from GM foods, mobile phones and household chemicals — but can't tell us if those risks are real. What’s a consumer to do? (writer, cover story)

This article won the British Environment and Media Award in 2004.

Inside the Moscow SiegeInside the Moscow Siege
November 4, 2002
(senior editor)

Why France Is DifferentWhy France Is Different
Special Report, April 22, 2002
(editor)

TIME Europe Magazine, March 11, 2002The Body Electric
March 11, 2002
Scientists are melding computer chips with the human nervous system, allowing people to extend, enhance and repair their senses (writer)

Fast Forward EuropeFast Forward Europe
Special Issue, Winter 2000–2001
(editor)

TIME Europe Magazine, November 12, 2000A Brief History of the Higgs Hunt
November 13, 2000
Scientists in Switzerland may have solved one of the great mysteries of particle physics. Why should we care? (writer)

The Lying GameThe Lying Game
March 13, 2000
How to spot the telltale signs that give away a liar (writer, cover story)

TIME Winter 97/98Visions of Europe
Special Issue, Winter 1998–1999
(editor)

Visions of Europe: In the Fast Lane
Seven years after regaining independence, Estonia is well on its way to joining the E.U.

TIME Winter 97/98The New Age of Discovery
Special Issue, Winter 1997–1998
(editor)

New Age of Discovery: In the Realm of the Senses
Scientists are using advanced computer technologies to extend, enhance and repair the power of the senses

The Undiscovered Country
Death remains life’s ultimate riddle, but is it inevitable? (writer)

TIME Oct 12, 1998Hot Air?
October 12, 1998
Europe’s new left must bring its lofty rhetoric down to earth (writer, cover story)

TIME July 27, 1998Mad About the Noise
July 27, 1998
Too much noise is driving people mad (writer, cover story)

TIME July 7, 1997Back to Babel
July 7, 1997
Half the world’s languages are faced with extinction. Does it matter? (writer, cover story)

Total Recall TIME May 5, 1997
May 5, 1997
Scientists are beginning to grasp how memories are made and stored in the brain. Can "memory drugs" be far behind? (writer, cover story)

Telematics Update logo

From 2009 through 2012, I edited this business intelligence and analysis site for the telematics industry.

Special report: Telematics and apps

Special report: Telematics and emerging markets

Special report: Telematics and V2V/V2X technologies

eyeforpharma logo

From 2009 through 2012, I edited this business intelligence and analysis site for the pharmaceutical industry.

Special report: Pharma and social media
Special report: Pharma and the iPad

 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc

From 2006 through 2011, I was a regular contributor to the professional and consumer newsletters published by the CFP Board.

 

2011

Financial planning and social media:
A user's guide

 

2010

Financial planning and counseling:
To coach or not to coach

 

2009

The Other “R” Word: Risk

 

2008

Money and Metaphors

 

When in Doubt, Remain in Doubt:
How to Avoid Overconfidence

 

2007

Money and Trust

 

It May Be A Living, But It’s Not A Life:
The Conflict between Art and Money

 

Women and Money:
What’s Biology Got To Do With It?

 

On Loss Aversion

 

2006

On The Diderot Effect

 

On Sugrophobia — the fear of being suckered

Ethical Corporation

Published ten times a year, Ethical Corporation magazine encourages debate and discussion on responsible business. I was a regular contributor in 2009.

 

Nov. 2009

Dirty Business

How organized crime is exploiting the waste disposal market.

Oct. 2009

Friends, not foes

How Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark moved from confrontation to collaboration.

Sept. 2009

Beer's cost-benefit analysis

SABMiller analyzes how its business impacts developing countries.

July-Aug. 2009

Fellow green travellers

Eurostar is reaping the green business benefits of joining forces with Friends of the Earth

April 2009

The Altruism Dividend

Big business has much to gain from partnering with, investing in and sourcing from social enterprises

New Scientist

13 April 1996
Saving the Sounds of Silence
James Geary rants and raves about peace and quiet

Helix

1992
An interview with Sir John Maddox (1925–2009)

Amsterdam

Amsterdam magazineFrom 1989 to 1996, I lived in Amsterdam and edited a variety of custom-published magazines, including titles on biotechnology, women’s health, Helix magazinethe city of Amsterdam, and an annual in-flight magazine for kids. Orgyn magazineI was also a freelance stringer for Time magazine from 1993 to 1996, covering the hotbed of breaking news that is the Netherlands.