Nuno Viegas on freedom, independent journalism and Fumaça
In this episode: Nuno Viegas, a journalist at Fumaça.pt (a Portuguese investigative journalism podcast that has been growing solely with money given by people and grants), talks about human condition, reporting during the pandemic, and the current journalism business models and their lack of independence. Founded in 2018, Fumaça went from getting 56,97€ a month from their listeners, to getting about 7500€ in May 2021. In just the space of three years, they are showing that it's possible to run a newsroom without money from ads and corporations, and more than that, they're fighting to show that the agenda imposed by brands is negative for the work journalists do, and ultimately, it's negative for the democracy as a whole. The challenge is: How do they convince more people to pay for quality and investigative long-term journalism content when today's people's budgets are already going to many other platforms such as Netflix, Spotify, among others. Even being different contents, how do they convince people to invest in journalism and for people to feel their lives improve with the work these journalists do? Listen to know more.Feedback regarding this episode? Please do it to email@example.com.Support the work that I'm doing by sending some love through PayPal.me/tiagorodriguesdcosta.Lastly, I'm on Instagram #@tiagocosta.media.