October 19 is a very important date for us at The Brazilian Report — as it marks the anniversary of our website going online for the first time. In 2017, a website entirely dedicated to explaining Brazil to foreign audiences was considered an odd strategy, let alone a paywalled site in an era when access to journalism is taken for granted by many. “Who wants to read about Brazil?” was a question we heard continuously in the weeks prior to our launch.
But we were driven by the idea that Brazil must have its own voice on the international scene — and having Brazilians writing about the country in English would help break with much of the incomprehension foreigners may have about our country. And, as it turned out, millions of people were willing to read, listen, and see what we had to say.
Subscriptions to our premium newsletters continue to grow, as do visits to our website. Our team has also tripled its size and we have expanded coverage to outside Brazil’s borders — reaching our Latin American neighbors. We have established partnerships with other media outlets and we have welcomed clients who want tailor-made newsletters about their subject of interest.
It has been an eventful three years.
In that span, The Brazilian Report covered the rise of the far-right to power (which we saw coming before most — if not all — observers), one of the worst environmental disasters in recent memory, a spike in Amazon deforestation … and a deadly pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Brazilians.
As they say, there is no dull moment in Brazil.
More than anything, we want to thank our readers for their support in subscribing to our content and helping what is a fully independent news source. We hope to have lived up to your standards over the past three years — and we want to keep you with us for the next three, and beyond.