Brazil

Brazil - Andrew Ochieng for Citizen TV in Rio

Kenyan journalist Andrew Ochieng shooting for Citizen TV from the boat on the coast of Rio (Credit: Gustavo Faleiros)

Jun 282012

After Rio+20, the Role of Journalists is Even More Important

At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, I came prepared to learn about new challenges journalists around the world will face as they try to find accurate information about environmental and development issues. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow, I also came armed with some practical approaches for addressing these new challenges – at least here in the Amazon region where my work is based.

Brazil - Ilha Redonda

The beautiful Ilha Redonda, one of the six Cagarras Islands on the coast of Rio. Sustainable development is a challenge for the protection of this important biodiversity hotspot. (Credit: Gustavo Faleiros)

Brazil - Andrew Ochieng for Citizen TV in Rio

Kenyan journalist Andrew Ochieng shooting for Citizen TV from the boat on the coast of Rio. (Credit: Gustavo Faleiros)

Jun 252012

National Geographic Highlights New Digital Map Designed to Track Problems and Progress in the Amazon

With its focus on global environmental issues, NationalGeographic.com is highlighting a digital map launched by Knight International Journalism Fellow Gustavo Faleiros, including the use of layered filters that can help data journalists track the effects of forest fires, deforestation and extractive industries like mining.

Brazil NASA storm cloud

This satellite image from NASA shows large columns of smoke over the Brazilian Amazon during the dry season of 2011. (Photo credit: MODIS, Aqua Satellite, NASA)

Amazonia forest fires

Infoamazonia covered a story about forest fires in Bolivia. Click on the photo above for more information.

Jun 182012

InfoAmazonia: A Visual and Graphic Exploration of the World’s Largest Rainforest

I am thrilled to announce that InfoAmazonia, a data and mapping platform focusing on the largest rainforest on the planet, launched on Sunday at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow working to help reporters here in Brazil use data to track deterioration of the Amazon, this is a key component of my work and an exciting step.

Apr 242012

Brazil Summit Kicks Off A Global Effort for Greater Transparency and Open Data

Two Knight International Journalism Fellows -- Justin Arenstein and I -- attended the first summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) on April 17 and 18 in Brazil to see how this new movement can influence our work.

The meeting of the group, founded by the presidents of Brazil and the United States in September 2011, marked the official launch of a global effort to promote the principles of transparency and open data in the public sector.

Brazil - Hillary and Delma

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the first summit of the Open Government Partnership. Both leaders have defended open data as a means for combatting corruption and improving government transparency. (Photo: Agência Brasil)