Pedro Burgos is a Brazilian journalist and developer based in Sao Paulo. As an ICFJ Knight Fellow, he is developing Impacto, a set of tools that help newsrooms measure the impact of their journalism in society. The project, which has the support of Google News Lab in Brazil, is already being tested in five important media companies (Folha de S. Paulo, Gazeta do Povo, Veja, Nexo and Nova Escola), and is expanding to other countries in 2018.
Before learning to code and start building digital tools in 2015, Pedro worked as a reporter and editor for several Brazilian publications, covering mainly technology and media. He wrote for magazines such as Superinteressante and Exame to newspapers (Folha de S. Paulo) to digital startups (Papo de Homem and Nexo). He was editor-in-chief of Gizmodo in Brazil and later the executive editor of a online news startup called F451, from 2008 to 2013. In 2014, he published Conecte-se ao que importa: um manual para a vida digital saudável, a book about society's sometimes problematic relationship with social media and technology. Shortly after, he moved to the U.S., where he got his master’s degree in Social Journalism from the City University of New York’s School of Journalism in 2015.
In New York, he worked as an intern and later audience editor for The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer prize-winning nonprofit that covers criminal justice in the U.S. In 2017, he received a scholarship from Instituto Lingand the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce to spend a semester as a research scholar at Columbia University’s BRICLab, which examines the increasing influence of Brazil, Russia, India and China on global affairs.