Público has a new editorial project to “have more presence” in the debate around the climate crisis – Meios & Publicidade

Starting this Friday, Azul, a new editorial project launched by Público, is online, with a team made up of a dozen professionals, and focused exclusively on issues surrounding the environment and the climate crisis. This is a mostly digital project, not excluding the possibility that some of the articles will also be published in the printed edition, with free access and co-financed by a network formed by four partners: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Biopolis, as main partners, in addition to Lipor and Sociedade Ponto Verde.

“Blue was born from the realization that the number of journalists dedicated to environmental issues and their dispersion in different sections did not provide regular and in-depth information to our readers”, justifies Manuel Carvalho, director of Público, in a text published in this Friday’s edition. -feira, where he explains that “it was necessary to fine-tune the harmony between what remains unchanged and what has emerged anew in the lives of people and nations”. “Blue results from the intersection of these findings: more investment is needed in the environmental agenda to tune journalism with the spirit of the times, providing readers with more and more profound keys for reflection and understanding of the challenges opened up by the climate crisis”, defends Manuel Carvalho .

“The climate crisis is the great political cause of the new generations, a global geopolitical problem and an unavoidable topic of contemporary public discussion. Público wants to have more presence in this debate and to achieve this, it has a section specially dedicated to these topics”, points out the director of the Sonaecom daily, assuring that this will assume “the same relevance as the traditional sections that structure the newspaper’s editorial staff”. . In this sense, he adds, “Azul will maintain its ambition to be a national newspaper and will have its team in the two newsrooms in Lisbon and Porto”, counting on a dozen professionals “among experienced journalists such as Clara Barata and young newcomers to the profession, like Daniel Dias”, along with “journalists already with a vast digital culture like Cláudia Carvalho Silva, Andreia Azevedo Soares or Nicolau Ferreira”. Having as editors Teresa Firmino, in Lisbon, and Andrea Cunha Freitas, in the Porto newsroom, the team is complete with Gabriela Goméz, infographic, Vera Moutinho, multimedia journalist, in addition to a dedicated web designer.

“The creation of a substantial part” of this team is guaranteed by the funding provided by the four project partners. It will then be up to Público to “indicate the remaining part, in addition to other resources in terms of technology, photography, design, etc.”, explains Manuel Carvalho, remembering that this is “a model of cooperation and patronage that is increasingly common in projects journalists in Europe and the United States” and ensuring that the editorial independence of the project will not be pinched.

“Blue will embrace the entire agenda of the environment and the climate crisis in the light of its editorial principles and values, registered in the form of a pact with readers in its Style Book and in the Editorial Statute of Azul”, outlines the director, explaining that editorial independence will be guaranteed either by itself or by “the editorial management of the newspaper and other internal scrutiny bodies”. “Público’s editorial culture, the basis of the relationship of trust it maintains with its readers, will be fully preserved”, he reinforces, stressing that “the relationship between the newspaper and its partners will be carried out by an advisory board whose regulation is public”, and “the minutes of its meetings will also be public”. “The partners and the newspaper recognize that a critical condition for the success of Azul involves transparency and full respect for the professional and deontological rules of journalism enshrined in the law”, concludes Manuel Carvalho.

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