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Alessandra Monnerat is a Brazilian journalist who lives in São Paulo. She collaborates with the Knight Center since 2016, when she spent a semester at the University of Texas at Austin. In Brazil, she also works as a reporter for newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and graduated from PUC-Rio. She likes to tell stories about innovative journalism projects that make a difference in the lives of their readers.​ Follow her on Twitter.
 

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Recent Blog Posts:

Database of collaborative journalism projects now available in Portuguese and Spanish

Journalists in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries can now access a database of collaborative journalism in their local languages. Read more »


Organized crime killed 10 journalists in Latin America in 2018, according to RSF

In Latin America in 2018, 10 journalists were murdered by criminal organizations in retaliation for their reporting, according to a new report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its initials in French). Read more »


Almost a third of Brazilian cities are in danger of becoming news deserts, according to new survey

At least 30 percent of Brazilian municipalities run the risk of becoming "news deserts," areas without local news coverage. These locations, mapped by the Atlas da Notícia (News Atlas) survey, have only one or two journalistic outlets and are home to 34 million people. Read more »


Councilman among those detained in murder of Brazilian radio journalist Jairo de Souza

The councilman suspected of ordering the murder of radio journalist Jairo de Souza, who was killed in the Brazilian state of Pará on June 21 of this year, has turned himself into police, according to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). Read more »


Requesting public data anonymously is now easier in Brazil thanks to new civil society and government mechanisms

For Brazilian journalists, the ability to keep their identity secret when requesting public data through the Law of Access to Information (LAI) has become easier recently. Read more »


Impunity in crimes against communicators in Brazil mainly reaches cities of country's interior, says Article 19

The impunity of homicides against journalists in Brazil has been increasingly frequent in the interior of the country, according to a recent report from Article 19, "The cycle of silence: impunity in murders of communicators." Read more »


In its third year, Coda.Br conference democratizes discussion on data journalism in Brazil

Members of the growing data journalism community in Brazil gathered from Nov. 10 to 11 for the third edition of the Brazilian Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods, Coda.Br, in São Paulo.

The event featured more than 40 hours of training workshops – there were opportunities for experienced users in programming and data visualization to deepen their knowledge and also to introduce beginners to simple spreadsheet techniques and database cleaning. Read more »


Jornal do Brasil, traditional daily in Rio de Janeiro, re-launched its print edition after 8 years as digital-only newspaper

In a move contrary to global trends in journalism, the traditional newspaper Jornal do Brasil (JB) returned to the newsstands on Feb. 25 after eight years after it closed its print edition and became a purely digital media outlet. Read more »


Folha de S. Paulo stops publishing on Facebook and editor says other newspapers may follow suit

Folha de S. Paulo, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Brazil, surprised the news industry on Feb. 8 by announcing it would stop publishing content on Facebook as its directors believe that recent changes in the social network’s algorithm diminish the visibility of professional journalism and favor the spread of false content. The newspaper’s executive editor, Sérgio Dávila, says there are reports of similar moves in other newsrooms. Read more »


Data scientists in Brazil working on the country’s first robot-journalist to report on congressional bills

Bills making their way through Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies will be closely followed by a new kind of beat reporter: a news-producing robot, the first of its kind in the country. Read more »


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