MarĂ­lia Gehrke, Ph.D.

About me

Hello! I am a communication scientist, focused on data journalism, transparency (in journalism), and mis/disinformation; I am also interested in audience studies and media literacy initiatives (e.g., “Post or not to post“, written in Portuguese). I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher within the Trust and News Authenticity project at the Digital Democracy Center (DDC) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Both my Ph.D. (2021) and Master’s Degree (2018) in Communication and Information were defended at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. The title of my dissertation is “The elements of transparency in data journalism,” and it is available (for free) in Portuguese.

In 2021 I worked as a professor in the Data Journalism MBA graduate program at the Instituto Brasileiro de Ensino, Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento (IDP), where I currently coordinate the research group called DataJor, focused on data and computational journalism.

At UFRGS, I was a member of the Journalism Research Group (Nupejor/CNPq) and the Scientific Popularization Laboratory (Popcicom/UFRGS). As a postgraduate student, I attended multiple experiences, such as the Entrepreneurial Marathon (2017) and the Innovation Group (2018-2019).

I contributed to Afonte Jornalismo de Dados and provided pedagogical support at Escola de Dados in the past few years. In 2019 and 2020, respectively, I became one of the ambassadors for civic innovation at Open Knowledge, and I also volunteered for Covid-19 monitoring cases at, a collaborative platform for open data.

Formerly, I worked as a broadcasting news writer (2008-2011), and a multimedia reporter in a daily newspaper (2011-2016) in Santa Cruz do Sul (Brazil). I also co-organized the Open Data Day Porto Alegre twice (2019-2020), and I have given lectures at several universities and the state parliament (Assembleia Legislativa RS).

Research interests

Data journalism


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