The Lab is an initiative to create and transform journalism practices for reporting.
Based on experience of using digital tools to report on deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, we experiment frequently, promote more training, and share with other professionals what it means to innovate.
We are truly inspired by this thrilling moment when a growing number of reporters have access to open data and can also deploy sensors, mobile apps and interactive maps to tell the stories.
That is why we are trying to broaden our range of knowledge by testing, mixing and matching new and old technologies, journalists, developers and designers.
The project is supported by donors including ICFJ, Google for Media and the European Youth Press, which is training journalists on digital tools for environmental reporting. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network is supporting training activities as well and collaborating with the Geojournalism.org site.
Knight International Journalism Fellow
Gustavo Faleiros is an environmental journalist and media trainer who specializes in data-driven journalism. During his first Knight International Journalism Fellowship last year, Faleiros launched InfoAmazonia, a digital map that uses satellite and other publicly available data to monitor the Amazon rainforest. Before his fellowship, Faleiros helped create the Amazon Communications Network, which trained journalists and produced 200 stories about environmental issues in the region. The network sprang from his earlier accomplishments at the Brazilian environmental news site O Eco, where Faleiros introduced the use of satellite images and interactive maps .Faleiros earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Sao Paulo and a master’s degree in environment, politics and globalization from King’s College London.
pixel started his VJ career in 2002. He’s director of memeLab and founding member of Garoa Hacker Clube. In addition to audiovisual performances, develops multimedia works that question the relationship between people and digital technologies, by the use of open technologies and / or pervasive where the people assumes the role of author. He made performances in over 15 states and 4 other countries. Among his recent projects are the research Criaturas Afetivas that uses mathematical models for understanding love, and Jandig where artists, developers, curators and audience mix their roles in creating TAZes in augmented reality.
Hebert Valois graduated in Graphic Design at the School of Fine Arts at Federal University of Bahia, in 2004. Digging around the internet since it was made with Notepads, he has engaged in several collective projects for research and dissemination of digital culture. Hebert has worked in many diferent areas, such as research on collective intelligence at Salvador University, media results analysis for AMEX Brasil and cultural planning at Dançar Marketing. He also collaborated as art director/illustrator/photographer for the fashion section at Muito magazine.
Vitor George is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of São Paulo and a software developer. He worked for 6 years as a logisitics and transport planning consultant, in Brazil and Mexico. In 2008 he disovered OpenStreetMap, the free map of the world, and since then has given workshops, presentations, and led other activities about open data and technology. Currently he is dedicated to software development for map projects and data visualization on the web, as part of the EcoLab team.
Luiza Peixe owns a degree course in Design, majoring in Visual Programming at Mackenzie University, São Paulo. Works professionally in the areas of art and design since 2007. She worked as a creative art in the Secretariat of Participation and Partnership of the Municipality of São Paulo, image editor and assistant of photographer Hugo Curti, art finisher in advertising agency SOAP, assistant of artist Lucas Simões and currently is a founding member of Studio Cardume, where she works as an art director. Luiza also develops research on aesthetics, art creation and application of these in interfaces and platforms both static and multimedia. Parallel to this, she is passionately dedicated to bike activism and studies of collaborative design.
uiu cavalheiro like writing his name in lower case, have fun with design since he can remember. His CV include courses in Theobald de Nigris´s Senai Graphic Arts School , Graphic Design in ETEC José Rocha Mendes and Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts at UNESP. He also worked at Channel ESPN Brazil as an animator, at Prévia preparatory course for universities as a professor of History of Art and at Cinese as designer / web developer. Nowadays, he cares about being happy, splitting time between the Studio Cardume as a webdesigner, a Bachelor’s in Universidade of São Paulo and going after your other dreams and desires.
Giovanny Vera is an environmental communications graduate from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno in Bolivia. Giovanny has 12 years of experience in the environmental field working with NGOs, protected areas, and journalism. He loves to develop and apply new technologies of communication and journalism and he is member of the Commission on Education and Communication of IUCN.
Laura Kurtzberg is a student at the University of Arizona. She is interested in the idea that information and communication technology, and the use of the internet, can help the world prevent crises and respond to them. Laura has interned in various contexts, from being an Undergraduate Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, to creating database for Internews, to running social media for Iskashitaa Refugee Network.In her spare time she trains in the martial art of Capoeira.