Citizen Journalist Describes Contradictions Faced by Lower-Middle Class Brazilians

Jul 202012

Former Knight International Journalism Fellow Bruno Garcez pioneered the blog Mural Brasil with Folha de Sao Paulo to help the daily newspaper increase its coverage of Sao Paulo's underserved communities through citizen journalism. In a recent post to the blog, trained citizen journalist Leandro Machado relates the contradictions he faces as part of Brazil’s lower-middle class. According to Machado, increased purchasing power makes him a target demographic for advertisers, but seems to have less impact on the reality of his situation: His neighborhood, university, daily commute and health insurance are less than adequate.