I am a 24 years old Brazilian data journalist. In 2018, I started working at the digital infographics team of O Estado de S. Paulo, a major newspaper in the country. I was the first journalist hired to work in the arts desk of the organization, in an effort to make the team play a more active role within the newsroom.
Before that, most stories the desk worked on were pitched by ‘traditional’ journalists from others sections of the newspaper, such as the politics and economics desks. Since I arrived here, we started producing our own stories from start to finish – pitching, reporting, coding, designing and writing everything from inception to publication.
This is possible because we are a very transdisciplinary group. Apart from our brilliant intern, who’s a journalism student, I am the only one with a journalism school and reporting background. Every day, I work alongside designers, visual artists and developers. The possibility to learn from them is one of the most rewarding aspect of this job. Since I arrived here, my data visualization and coding skills only got better, for instance.
What I like the most about our products is that we never settle for the easy way out of a theme. We are always trying to find the best way to tell a story, struggling to be as engaging and impactful as possible. This brainstorming process is the most thrilling part of all the work we do.
I am very proud of all the stories I’ve submitted, since each one of them saw a lot of effort and dedication by every member of the team. In those selected works, the original pitch idea was usually mine. In all of them, I was responsible for the data wrangling, cleaning and analysis, as well as for the words. I also developed the basic drafts for most charts, which were polished and transformed into beautiful data visualizations by my teammates.
Aside from my newsroom work, I’ve recently started teaching a data journalism class in a post-grad program. Somewhat surprisingly, I discovered that helping other journalists learn how to do this kind of work is one of the things I enjoy the most in my professional life.
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