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Alessandra Monnerat is a Brazilian journalist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. 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 Dia 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:

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 »


Conversational bot will help counter false news during Brazil’s elections

Brazilian voters will have a robot helper to fight disinformation in this year's general elections. Her name is Fátima, a conversational bot that is being developed by the team at fact-checking site Aos Fatos in partnership with Facebook. Fátima’s launch is scheduled for June, in time for the October elections.​ Read more »


British journalist living in Ecuador is deported from Argentina

Freedom of expression advocates are looking for answers after a British journalist hoping to cover the World Trade Organization conference in Buenos Aires was deported from Argentina. At dawn on Dec. 8, Sally Burch was sent back to Quito, Ecuador where she works as executive-editor at Agencia Latinoamericana de Información. According to the Guardian, she was included on a list of 63 people banned from attending the conference from Dec. 10 to 13. Read more »


Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections

The fight against fake news will likely be a priority for several Brazilian governmental entities as the country faces national elections in the coming year. The National Congress, the Superior Electoral Court, Army and Federal Police have already stressed the importance of reducing fake news commonly disseminated on social networks in order to prevent negative influence on the contests for the president, governors, congressmen and senators. Read more »


Supreme Court decision maintains judicial censorship of Brazilian blog

A decision by the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (STF for its acronym in Portuguese) maintained the censorship of the blog of carioca journalist Marcelo Auler. Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes denied the continuation of a complaint filed by the journalist, who requested an injunction to suspend a sentence that prevents the publication of two of his reports. Read more »


Inspiration, innovation and independence: Latin American organizations discuss collaborative journalism at festival in Brazil

At the beginning of the year, eight independent Brazilian journalism organizations started to think about how to stimulate a collaborative culture among independent journalism newsrooms in Brazil and Latin America. The result of this collective was Festival 3i, held in Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 11 to 12. Read more »


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