Marcelo Fontoura Chicago Journalism research and digital media

About me

I am a journalist, teacher and researcher on digital media and journalism. I teach digital and data journalism at PUCRS University, as well as communication studies at UFRGS university. I am also a project manager at the News Product Alliance.

I have experience with digital products, analytics, data literacy and data journalism.

In terms of academic background, I have a PhD in Social Communications from PUCRS, with a research period at Northwestern University, in which I studied new boundaries of journalism and how journalism assumes new definitions online.

I also act as researcher for the Brazilian News Atlas, a crowdsourced mapping of news deserts across the country, and as consultant for the International Fact Checking Network. I have been a fellow from the International Center for Journalists in the program A Digital Path for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Latin America.

Languages: native Portuguese; fluent English, intermediate French and basic Spanish.

On the Media

  • Participation on a podcast from PUCSP about disinformation

  • Interview to AJOR about Journalism and Entrepreneurship

  • Participation on ICFJ webinar about Journalism and Entrepreneurship

  • Interview to Jornal da Cultura about disinformation and elections

  • Mediation on Debate about open data and Porto Alegre at Open Data Day 2022

  • Blog post about research on PUCRS's website

  • Blog post about research period at Northwestern University on PUCRS's website

  • Interview about Cambridge Analytica

  • Interview about GDPR

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