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Dr Renata Brandao

Brandao_RenataPost Doctoral Research Associate

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Renata Brandao is the Postdoctoral Research Associate of the Digital Mediation strand of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, exploring the effects of digital practices in Modern Languages research. Her research focuses on the uses and representation of data across media outlets.

Previously, Renata worked as a data journalist for an award-winning content agency. She has a PhD in Journalism from the University of Sheffield. Her dissertation examined how statistics are used to articulate journalist narratives and shape news discourses of science in the news. In other words, her project produced an innovative body of knowledge on the presentation of data in the reporting of science stories.

Previously, she has worked as a Press Assistant and Editor for the Discovering Latin America Film Festival in London, dealing primarily with online media and digital platforms, and as a team member of the LOCOG Protocol and Language Services. 

Research Interests
  • Data Journalism
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism
Throughout the years, Renata has acquired progressive experience spanning all facets of data research, digital culture and the agency of journalism. 
Selected publications
  • Brandao, R. F.; Nguyen, A. (2017) Statistics in science journalism: an exploratory study of four leading British and Brazilian newspapers. In: News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World.
  • Brandao, R. F. (2017) The use of Science Statistics in the News Media and on daily life. In: Topics in Science and Mathematics Education Research: Specific features and use of technology.
  • Lugo-Ocando, J; Brandao, R. F. (2015) 'Stabbing News: Articulating Crime Statistics in the Newsroom', Journalism Practice, v.9



Renata has previously planned lessons, monitored learning, offered supervision and guidance, and gained valuable experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In her experience at the University of Sheffield, she taught: ‘Statistics for Journalists ‘at undergraduate level and ‘Global Journalism’, ‘Why Communicate Science?’, ‘Journalism, Globalization and Development’ and ‘Journalism, Politics and Public Opinion’ at postgraduate level. She was also a guest lecturer at Fakultät Technologie und Bionik, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.


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