Newsrooms worldwide capitalize on the data available on the internet to tell complex stories using state of the art infographics. American journalist Alexander Howard brought his expertise on data journalism to Sao Paulo, Recife, and Florianopolis through a partnership between the United States Consulates in Sao Paulo and Recife and the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). During his trip, Howard worked with hundreds of students and professional journalists around the country to share the latest trends from U.S. and international media outlets.
In Recife, Howard participated in Abraji’s 4th Regional Investigative Journalism Seminar at the Catholic University of Pernambuco, where he spoke alongside prominent Brazilian journalists Daniela Pinheiro, of Piauí Magazine, Laura Capriglione, of Ponte, and Leandro Sant’Ana, of TV Record. In Florianopolis, Howard joined Abraji’s Director and Professor Marcelo Träsel to discuss the art and science of data journalism. In São Paulo, Howard joined Professor Fabio Malini, from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, in a presentation to students of the Casper Libero School, Anhembi Morumbi, ECA-USP, ESPM, Mackenzie University, and PUC-SP. Casper Libero student Paula Comassetto, 26, called Howard’s presentation “important for future communication professionals.” To see the Sao Paulo lecture, visit Cásper Libero’s site.
Howard came to Brazil from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard. Howard has served as the Washington correspondent for O’Reilly Media and is currently a columnist at TechRepublic, in addition to being the founder and chief editor of “E Pluribus Unum,” a media vehicle focused on open government, technology and innovation.