By Gabriela Sanseverino
Research has always been disproportionately focused on Western and often wealthy societies. But the article published by ERSs Mathias Felipe de Lima Santos and Lucia Mesquita, shines a much needed light on data journalism in a country of the Global South, Brazil, and goes further by exploring it in the context of a marginalized community: “In Brazil, inequalities are visually represented in its favelas“.
The paper “Data Journalism in favela: Made by, for, and about Forgotten and Marginalized Communities”, published in the periodical Journalism Practice, draws on user participation, collaboration, and data journalism theories, to analyze three alternative media organizations (Agência Mural, data_labe, and Favela em Pauta), which proposed producing data-driven content by, for, and about favelas.
The article published by Mathias and Lucia demonstrates the relevance and the richness for research in understanding the profession and the creative and innovative manners it can take in often overlook communities. The collaboration between these two PhDs shows the importance of the JOLT project, in bringing together researchers from different contexts and disciplines, for providing new insights and refreshing perspectives in digital and data journalism.