Project description

In August, 2017, the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil rejected the possibility of having President Michel Temer being prosecuted by the Federal Court of Justice for corruption. A total of 263 deputies voted ‘yes’, against the investigation and in Temer’s favor, while 227 deputies voted for the legal process to continue on its track. It was the first time the Chamber of Deputies had a session like this and the House was full. After the decision, The Federal Court of Justice was prohibited to analyse the complaint against Temer, presented by the Attorney General, Rodrigo Janot. In partnership with Contas Abertas, an NGO focused on following national budget, Agência Lupa published how much money the Federal Government had promised to forward to each congressman (as support budget to be used in their cities and states) during the previous two months. During voting session, which was five hours long, Lupa made a live coverage on Twitter. While each deputy was voting, Lupa was publishing a tweet informing the amount of money Temer’s government had promised to send him, in order to support his/her local projects, through parliamentary amendments. By that time, the press considered that maybe Temer had managed to convince deputies to vote in his favor by moving budget around their interests – but couldn’t figure out how much money. Lupa’s live coverage had 513 tweets and was a huge success; in one day we have gained many new followers, and also as repercussion many retweets and comments on social media.

What makes this project innovative?

While the parliamentarians were voting, we were tweeting real time whether the deputy had received or not amendments from the Federal Government and how much was released. Based on public data, we were able to demonstrate the straight relation between the votes for president Temer forgiveness and the amendments that were released. There was no other media outlet doing what Lupa was doing that day, with a real time coverage relating the votes with the release of parliamentary amendments. Through our research and work based on the public database of Contas Abertas, we were able to demonstrate that relation. We have also published crossed information on how much was released to each politic party, and whether they were or not allied to the federal government.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

In 24 hours, we have gained 2.100 new followers and 5.000.000 unique users were directly impacted by our contents. Influencers who have republished our content:
@folha: 2,9 mi followers.
@mariaritaoficial: 1,2 mi followers
@bmazzeo: 2,2 mi followers
@RodrigoMattos: 22 mil followers
Influencers who have retweeted our content:
@DanielaMercury: 848 k followers
@MauroCezarESPN: 550 k followers
@depChicoAlencar: 118 k followers.
Although, the majority of mentions were concentrated on Twitter, some pages on Facebook were also referring to our tweets: Caneta Desmanipuladora (249k likes) was referring to “tuitaço” with expressive engagement: over 600 shares. Other pages have published Lupa’s content on parliamentary amendments, among the most importants:
Folha de S.Paulo: 5,9k fans.
Portal A Crítica/AM: 407k fans.
Agência Pública:170k fans.
Revista Piauí: 413k fans.
CatracaLivre: 8,7k fans.

Source and methodology

We have fact-checked all the parliamentary amendments that were released in the previous two months, through "Contas Abertas" NGO (Open Accounts from Financial Administration Integrated System). We have done a spreadsheet listing all the deputies, states, and politic parties. After that we have crossed the information on parliamentary amendments that were released, with the informations of the specific amount. As soon as the session started in the Chamber of Deputies, we were able to tweet real the vote of each deputy, if it was ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, and whether he/she had received parliamentary amendments and how much.

Technologies Used

TweetDeck for reaserch and to programme tweets, Infogram to build graphics and spreadsheets in our website, Excel, Photoshop and Google Drive for sharing spreadsheets.

Project members

Cristina Tardáguila (Journalist / Director / Editor), Juliana Dal Piva (Editor), Leandro Resende (Journalist), Douglas Silveira (Marketing), Pauline Mendel (Social Media), Flávia Campuzano (Business), Hellen Guimarães (Journalist), Clara Becker (Journalist), Chico Marés (Journalist).

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