«Class of 2018

Guilherme Amado

reporter, O Globo, Rio de Janeiro (Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow)

Question: How might we foster collaboration among investigative journalists?

In the Fall quarter, Guilherme Amado was part of a cross-functional group that prototyped a social platform to connect investigative journalists around the world, based on the match of interests to collaborate. The tool, developed by Amado, his fellow fellow Xin Feng, and two other computer science students, showed to him that the challenge of fostering collaboration among investigative journalists does not depend only on technology. In the Winter quarter, Amado decided to go deep into behavioral aspects of collaboration, trying to figure out ways to foster the culture of collaboration among journalists around the world, inside newsrooms and across borders. Amado has been taking classes in Product Management and Media Entrepreneurship. He is also meditating, and playing tennis and basketball, sports from which he is learning lessons about collaboration.

Posts by Guilherme

It’s about people, not only algorithms

How I changed the way I approached the challenge of fostering collaboration among investigative journalists (5 minute read)

Collaborate, or your competitors will

Here are some pills to cure people who think collaboration in journalism ‘is nice’, but don’t realize its true power (4 minute read)

It is impossible to hold the powerful accountable alone

Brazilian journalists have not yet discovered the benefits of collaboration. We have trouble collaborating within our newsrooms, and with… (5 minute read)

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About Guilherme

Guilherme Amado is an investigative reporter for the Brazilian O Globo daily newspaper. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Amado investigated organized crime in South America, militia groups in Rio de Janeiro, and corrupt politicians in Brasília. He is passionate about cross-border journalism collaborations. He has traveled to many countries in Latin America to write stories related to organized crime and to encourage cooperation among investigative reporters. In 2014, he developed a WhatsApp-based social network, Narcosur Network, to connect Latin American reporters specialized in writing about organized crime. In 2016, he was the only Brazilian member of a multinational team of reporters who covered the Car Wash Operation, the biggest investigation of corruption in Brazil’s history. Amado has been the assistant editor of Lauro Jardim, Brazil’s most prestigious column on politics and economics, since 2014. In 2017, they published the story that revealed that the Brazilian President Michel Temer had been taped endorsing the payment of hush money to a politician jailed for corruption. Amado is also the vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism. He has received the two most distinguished awards in Brazilian journalism: the Esso Journalism Award and the Tim Lopes Investigative Journalism Award.


Information on this page is from the fellowship year.