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Natália Mazotte is a Brazilian journalist from Rio de Janeiro with a background in social and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge. She writes for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, of Texas University, and works for a Brazilian NGO named Ibase. She is a researcher and fellow in the Graduate Programme of Culture and Communication of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. E-mail: ncortezrj@gmail.com

Recent Blog Posts:

How Argentina’s La Nación became a data journalism powerhouse in Latin America

This story is part of a series on Innovative Journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.(*) Read more »


What to do after losing your job at a newspaper: Brazilian reporter creates a profitable startup and hires 20 journalists

This story is part of a series on Innovative Journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.(*)


When he was laid off from Folha de S. Paulo in 2014, political reporter and columnist Fernando Rodrigues did not stop his behind-the-scenes coverage of power in Brasilia. He continued to write for his blog, which he had kept for 14 years, and to participate in a radio show. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own company, an innovative startup that has been growing, making profits and hiring journalists. Read more »


Panama Papers: Mar Cabra, ICIJ's data editor, talks about challenges of analyzing 11 million documents

The Panama Papers, the biggest leak in journalism’s history, led to a global investigative effort joined by about 100 Latin American journalists who were able to untangle how fiscal paradises work. Read more »


Employees protest censorship after CEO of media state company was replaced by interim president in Brazil

Professionals of Brazil Communications Company (EBC) that manage the Brazilian public TV channels and radio participated in a ceremony on May 20th to denounce the alleged censorship that has being happening since the change of CEO of the company, defined by interim president Michel Temer. Read more »


Daylong suspension of WhatsApp affects journalists and media in Brazil

Due to a judicial order, service of WhatsApp was blocked for one day starting May 2 for about 100 million Brazilians who use the messaging application. The measure had immediate repercussions among journalists who are accustomed to using the application for communication and also on news organizations that use it to distribute information and interact with readers. Read more »


Documents show involvement of JBS company in defamation campaign against Brazilian journalist

Documents obtained by judicial order show that the company JBS, one of the largest food company in the world, and another company contracted by it in 2015 sponsored a smear campaign against Brazilian journalist and founder of the nonprofit organization Reporter Brazil, Leonardo Sakamoto. The information was published by Folha de S. Paulo on April 8. Read more »


Editor of Brazilian magazine Época defends national coverage of country’s corruption investigation

Since Operation Car Wash began in March 2014, it has dominated the political agenda in Brazil. Considered by the Federal Police as the biggest corruption investigation ever undertaken in the country, its coverage is a challenge even for experienced journalists, like the editor in chief of Época magazine, Diego Escosteguy. Read more »


After retiring from Brazilian newspaper Folha, renowned reporter Elvira Lobato releases first major independent investigation

A full-time reporter. That is how Elvira Lobato, one of the most award-winning and prestigious journalists in Brazil with 39 years dedicated to print journalism, described herself. Even after deciding to retire from Folha de São Paulo in 2011, where she was a special reporter and worked for 27 years, her “destiny” to investigate would not allow her to leave the field. Read more »


Agência Pública announces cultural journalism center and map of independent journalism in Brazil

Agência Pública, a prime example of the independent media landscape in Brazil, has launched two innovations during the month of its five-year anniversary: a cultural center to support independent journalism and an unprecedented interactive map on new journalistic initiatives in the country. Read more »


Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora will replace its Sunday edition with a bigger weekend edition

After a year in which all major Brazilian newspapers experienced a decline in the circulation of their print editions, new strategies are beginning to emerge to deal with a situation in which rethinking business models is imperative. Read more »


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