The fifth episode of our podcast, Atlantic Talks, is now available. The guest of this week is Catarina Carvalho, a journalist that has worked in Expresso, Visão, Sábado, and Diário de Notícias, where she was until recently the Executive-Director of the newspaper.

The daughter of Azorean parents, Catarina Carvalho was born in Lisbon but has dual American nationality. Her father emigrated to the United States with only six-years-old. North-American roots are a fundamental part of her life. She has family in the United States – which she visits frequently – and in Canada.

Catarina Carvalho began her career in the 1990s, having been a journalist for Expresso, Visão, Sábado, and Diário de Notícias, and assumed several leadership positions, in addition to the direction of the World Editors Forum.

In this episode of Atlantic Talks, Catarina Carvalho talks about how American journalism influenced the rest of the world – for good and bad – and how the emergence of news channels, such as CNN and the Internet, caused a crisis in the sector.

“At the same time that newspapers and American journalism, starting there, played the game of social media, also social media and large platforms, such as Google, took away the greatest source of revenue that was advertising. Newspapers began to lose credibility and lose their business.” – Catarina Carvalho.

The journalist also analyzes the moment that the sector lives in the United States, in a panorama of growing divisions within society, which had their heyday in the protests against racism following the death of George Floyd.

“The American press is currently in a brutal uproar, for criticizing in society that there are no African-Americans in leadership situations, that society does not value black lives as it values whites. And all of a sudden, it was forced for the first time to look inside.” – Catarina Carvalho.

About Portugal, she claims that readers lack critical sense and media literacy to criticize – as it’s done in the USA – the news and the content presented to them.

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