(Updated 8/19/2011)

John M. Dodge
1 Olde Parish Way
West Newbury, Mass. 01985

Contact info: 978-463-3231/office, 978-360-3128/mobile,, @thedodgeretort

Goal – To continue as a journalist in the worlds of online, blogging, print and social media

Social Media – Twitter – 1,749 followers/following 809 (follow me); Facebook friends, fans and colleagues  – 1,354; LinkedIn, 366 connections


I am in my 34th year as an editor and committed journalist. For much of my career, I have held positions in senior editorial management at technology publications and more recently at ones closely covering electrical engineering. Learning and communicating new developments technology is what I enjoy most. As a result, I have always crafted my job so 50% of my time is spent reporting and writing. Even as the Internet has emerged as the primary publishing medium, I still embrace sound journalistic practices, principals and writing excellence. At the same time, I work hard to exploit the 24×7, multimedia, SEO, social media  aspects as well as the inexhaustible flexibility of the Internet.

I am also a call firefighter in West Newbury, Mass.

Employment history

10/10 – present, community manager, (IDG)

6/1/09 – May 1, 2010  Blogger for Thinking Tech blog at, a CBS Interactive web site

11/06-1/09 – Editor-in-Chief, Design News (Reed Business Information)

DN is a 63-year-old 18x engineering magazine with a robust web site. We grew web traffic grew 35% in 2007 through substantial improvement in content quality, volume and SEO. We also made wide use of video, photos and podcasts. An innovation is our use of landing pages on the web for exhaustive and continuing coverage of topics like Boeing’s 787. I oversaw a staff of eight and write a lot, a theme emphasized throughout my materials. We have won several awards.

10/05-11/06 – Editor-in-Chief, Electronic Business (Reed)

We redesigned EB’s magazine and web site. Dramatic improvements were made to the content and while EB came close to break even, Reed closed down all but a marginal web presence after 35 years of great work. I was responsible the editorial and was disappointed with this decision given our progress.

9/04-10/05 – Editor-in-Chief, EDN magazine (Reed)

I was the first journalist to lead EDN, a technical electrical engineering 24x magazine. It has always been an engineer. We redesigned both the web site and magazine and livened up the content. At the same time, we preserved its deep technical orientation.

1/02-9/04 – Executive Editor, Bio-IT World (IDG)

Editor-in-Chief, Health-IT World (IDG)

1/91-1/00 – Executive News Editor & Editor, PC Week (Ziff Davis)

2000-02 Editor-in-Chief, (Ziff Davis)

There is nothing more satisfying than being invited back to the publication where you really want to be because you ran circles around it at a competitor. Those were circumstances under which I returned to PC Week with its best days of breaking big stories still ahead. It was at this time that daily newspapers started to beef up their technology staffs and became our editorial competition.

1/99-4/01 columnist, Dodge’s E-conomy (weekly, freelance)

The WSJ and many other newspapers business magazines looked to publications like PC Week for tech savvy reporting talent and columns. The WSJ offered me a weekly column online about the burgeoning Internet economy and a staff job. I did it as a freelancer.

1/99-4/01 columnist & feature writer, print Wall Street Journal

11/95-12/98, bi-weekly columnist, Boston Globe (TechEdge)

11/95-2004, freelance feature writer, Boston Globe

4/95-11/95, technology columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution

8/88-1/91 Executive Editor, Technology, CRN newsweekly


News Editor, PC Week

As founding news editor, I defined and executed the news strategy that set the bar for IT journalism for 15 years and made PC Week a powerhouse.

3/81-7/83 News Editor, Software News

1/80-3/81 Boston correspondent, MIS Week

12/77-1/80 staff reporter, Haverhill Gazette

6/77-12/77 correspondent, Lowell Sun

9/76-6/77 regular stringer, Newbuyport Daily News


Master of Science in journalism, Boston University, May, 1977

Bachelor of arts, economics, Franklin Pierce College, 1972

Professional Qualifications

Computer skills: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sony Sound Forge, Audacity, Avid Pinnacle Studio 11 (video editing), FinalCut Pro Express, Adobe InDesign, Hootsuite/Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube


2010  Silver Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors for Investigative/News Analysis. 

2008 IEEE Distinguished Literary Award for Advancing the Engineering Profession (Boeing 787 coverage)

Eddie Gold, Fall 2008 Best Single Issue

Eddie Gold, Fall 2007, online news (over Time and Newsweek)

Neal Finalist, online news, 3/2008 (winner to be announced 3/14/08)

ASBPE gold, best e-mail newsletter, 4/2004

ASBPE Gold award, The Dodge Retort, Bio-IT World, 2002

Crain Lifetime Achievement Award nominee, 2004

Number 21 in Improper Bostonian list of top 40 Boston-area Internet Influencers, 1999

Top Technology Influencer, 1996-2000, Marketing Computers magazine


Following the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics; biking, playing tennis and golf; skiing (cross country & downhill); reading, train watching as a lifelong ferroequinologist, woodworking, conservation, wind energy

Family Data

DOB: 8/31/49

Place of birth: Newburyport, Mass.

U.S. citizen

Married with children

One Comment

  1. Julian says:

    Nice meeting you at (in front of) Solo last night. Go to domain name in my email address to learn more about what we discussed – or email. Happy to show you our lab in Cambridge. Regards, Julian

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