Debora Medeiros

Main focus: Emancipatory journalism

Twitter handle: @debmedeiros

Languages: English, German, Portuguese, Spanish

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: protest movements, freedom of expression, brazil, online activism, public service broadcasting, emotion, journalism, diversity in journalism, emancipatory journalism, engaged journalism, migration coverage, democratization of communication, affect

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Dr. Débora Medeiros is a postdoc researcher at the project “Journalism and the Order of Emotions” at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). She wrote her doctoral thesis, titled “Engaged Journalism: Contesting Objectivity through Media Practices during the Alternative Coverage of Brazil’s June Journeys”, at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at FU Berlin.

Her research focuses on the multiple potentials for change in journalism, from cutting-edge, progressive alternative media to demands for democratization of communication and for more diversity in newsrooms. In terms of regional focus, she has done research both on Brazil and on Germany.

She is also a member of the Institute for Social Movement Studies (ipb), a founding member of the Affect and Colonialism Web Lab and the chair of the Temporary Working Group Affect, Emotion & Media at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Negotiating Journalism's Boundaries within the Networked Affective Publics Around the Far-Right Terror Attak in Hanau

Débora Medeiros, Ana Makhashvili and Margreth Lünenborg presented the findings on the case study of the far-right terrorist attack in Hanau at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference. They highlighted how journalism’s interpretations of events face challenges within networked, affective publics. | May 29th 2022, Paris.

This talk is in: English
Engaged Journalism: Understanding the Adaptation of Media Practices to Changes in the Sociopolitical Context

Engaged Journalism: Understanding the Adaptation of Media Practices to Changes in the Sociopolitical Context. Paper presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IMACR) Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain, 7-11 July, 2019.

This talk is in: English
Contested order of emotions: the 2018 Chemnitz protests on German TV news and on YouTube

Margreth Lünenborg and Débora Medeiros presented their findings on the order of emotions challenged by parajournalism using the case study of the riots in Chemnitz 2018. The presentation was part of the 8th European Communication Conference | September 6-9 2021, virtual conference.

This talk is in: English
Journalismus herausgefordert. Konkurrierende Affektdramaturgien um #Chemnitz“

Margreth Lünenborg, Débora Medeiros und Ana Makhashvili stellen im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung „Mobility Affects“ Ergebnisse der Fallstudie über die Ausschreitungen in Chemnitz 2018 vor und diskutieren, wie Journalismus als Institution mit konkurrierenden Affektdramaturgien auf Social Media umgeht, die dessen Autorität infrage stellen.

This talk is in: German
Belziger Gespräche: Jugendliche und Protestbewegungen in Lateinamerika

Vortrag zu den Entwicklungen in Brasilien seit den Protesten 2013 und 2014, zusammen mit einem Kollegen aus Chile.

Finding the World through Global Voices

Members of the Global Voices community talked about their work in an international community of bloggers, translators and activists. We collaborate online, we overcome stereotypes and prejudices, we are engaging for human rights and we learn from each other. Global Voices is publishing underreported news in over 30 languages.The growing community is working across boundaries of nation, language and religion and has seen some changes since its beginning over 10 years ago. In this session we shared our positive experiences and the challenges of a voluntary international online community.

Balancing Surveillance and Internet Freedoms: Brazil and Snowden's legacy 3 years on

Part of the panel Digital Surveillance and Citizenship, held at the 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association.

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was among the global leaders whose personal communications were being monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA). Rousseff reacted with contundent statements at a United Nations' assembly and by canceling an official visit to US president Barack Obama. In the following years, Brazil approved the Marco Civil, the world's first bill of rights for internet users. However, after protests shook up the country in 2013 and 2014, Brazil seems to be increasingly leaning towards surveillance, proposing strict antiterrorism laws and trying to explore loopholes in the Marco Civil to allow police to have access to users' online data without a warrant. This presentation examined the country's fragile balance between internet freedom and surveillance, by analyzing recent legislation and case studies on those areas.