Sérgio Spagnuolo

Brazil: Developing tools to spread good science

As an ICFJ Knight Fellow, Sérgio Spagnuolo has created a digital tool to give journalists better access to scientists and medical professionals who are thought leaders in their fields. In its initial phase, he is using the tool, Science Pulse, to track scientific research and commentary related, initially, to Covid-19 on social media.

Previously, Spagnuolo was an ICFJ TruthBuzz Fellow in Brazil. His project to spread verified information was conducted in partnership with Aos Fatos, a media startup formed in 2015 in response to a need for rigorously verified information, and Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest newspapers dedicated to increasing the reach of their existing fact-checking efforts.

Spagnuolo is the founder and managing-editor of the data-driven news agency Volt Data Lab and editor of Aos Fatos, the Brazilian fact-checking website. With more than 14 years of experience in newsrooms, he has worked for several media companies, including Reuters, Yahoo News and Mergermarket (previously owned by the Pearson/Financial Times Group). Spagnuolo holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mackenzie University and a master's degree in International relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC), both in São Paulo. He is also a former 2016 Tow-Knight fellow for Entrepreneurial Journalism, at City University of New York, and a former ICFJ fellow for the program "A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America", based in San Francisco.

Spagnuolo also serves as a board member of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji).