Nexo is a digital media outlet focusing on explanatory news in Brazil. It’s a pioneer in this kind of journalism in the country, and the use of data and graphics is a key element of its coverage. Nexo’s data team has five members — a data scientist, an infographist, an intern and two editors. Unlike many newsrooms in Brazil, at Nexo, the data team’s work is not only focused on producing additional imagery for reporters’ texts. The group is an independent editorial unit, with its own editorial assignments, ranging amongst a variety of subjects: politics, economics, sports, culture, science, environment, etc.
The data team publishes, on average, three data visualization pieces per week. Within Nexo’s editorial project, the infographics section aims to improve access to public information and data and to innovate in the presentation format and language at the same time. Be it by processing large amounts of data, by revisiting data that is relevant for public debate even when not recently released, by uncovering patterns that were not yet surfaced, and by translating and showing information in a comprehensive and efficient way. Our goal is to give a new meaning and space to infographics and to collaborate to improve society’s literacy for reading data. Nexo’s data team also works in interactive and special features, in conjunction with other newsroom teams, such as reporters, designers, and developers.
Today, one of the contributions that Nexo is considered to have had in the Brazilian journalistic ecosystem is the centrality given to graphics and data throughout its coverage and their transversality across the editorial model. Nexo’s work was recognized in 2018 by Malofiej, a prestigious infographics award. In the ‘Portfolio’ category, Nexo won a bronze medal.
What makes this project innovative?
In 2018, the group took a step forward and created the "nos eixos" (“in axes”, in free translation), the first Brazilian newsletter focused on data journalism. Every month, “nos eixos” details the production of a Nexo infographic piece, such as the database used and how the most appropriate view for the data was chosen. The newsletter also highlights outstanding infographics and data pieces from other news outlets.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
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