DIOGO Q ANDRADE
Journalist, Media Consultant & Academic Researcher
I travel across newsmedia offices and academic classrooms, focusing on innovation and creative practices to reinvent journalism. My main focus is on the intersection of politics, culture, and technology. And yes, I have too many interests for my own good.
I held several leadership roles in both legacy and startup media companies, transforming them to achieve a bigger audience to improved content. I became a freelancer to be able to do in-depth coverage of the issues I care about.
I just finished authoring and directing a series of three documentaries about technology topics (crypto, social media, AI). I also write regularly about these issues for Portuguese newspapers: I have a column at Eco, and I recently began a series of deep-dives for Expresso covering topics like algorithms, privacy, the public sphere, and web3.
Until 2020 I was the Editor-in-chief of Forum, an innovative media company based in Berlin aimed at building the European public sphere. The year before, I created RAlges, the first local newsroom working exclusively in augmented reality, on a project supported by Google News.
Before that, I was Deputy Editor of Público, the best quality daily newspaper in Portugal, where I was in charge of achieving its digital transition. Earlier in the decade, I founded and served as Creative Director of Observador, a digital-only media originally based in Lisbon’s old newspaper quarter.
I spent the first decade of the century in television: I created, directed, and produced hundreds of hours of educational and news programming, mostly for the public TV channels. Further away in time are my first steps in media, cooperating with many quality titles in Portugal.
I have helped media companies develop their true potential and achieve a wider readership online. In addition, I have tried to foster communication and sharing practices from within newsrooms, tech departments, and management boards to increase outcomes.
I helped A Mensagem, the newest digital local newspaper in Lisbon, get its digital voice. Before that, I joined Aromni, a leading technology multinational, where I worked on product development for newsgathering. I also worked as an advisor for the conceptualization and birth of Eco, a financial digital newsmedia.
In the last five years alone, I have worked with leading foundations and institutions in Portugal, with the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as media brands in Berlin, Lisbon, and Luanda.
I teach Innovation in the Creative Industries at UNL, in Lisbon.
I am also a researcher, focusing on the social and political consequences of technology. I have published my first scientific article in 2019, a piece called Paving the Way for Regulation: How the Case Against Facebook Stacked Up. My second scientific article is due for publishing in early 2021 (to be updated).
Above all, I am a student: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Digital Media, where I study the opportunities and challenges Augmented Reality will present to journalism.