A short-ish bio of Nelson Oliveira:
I was born and raised in Brazil, where I decided at age 12 that I wanted to be a journalist. I moved to the U.S. more than a decade ago and have been living in the New York tri-state area ever since.
I now have a master's degree in digital innovation from New York University's journalism school, a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stony Brook University on Long Island, and an associate's degree in communication arts from Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.
Despite my traditional journalism background, which includes more than three years in local news reporting, I spent the second half of 2018 working at Facebook. As part of the Facebook
Journalism Project, I developed a mobile news video training and led a pilot with 26 young journalists, gave presentations on 360° video and social media best practices for journalists from the Society of Professional Journalists and ABC News, among other tasks.
Most of my writing experience comes from my work at Hearst Connecticut Media from 2013 to 2017. I started my career as the only full-time reporter and photographer at the New Canaan News, one of Hearst's weeklies in Fairfield County, where I covered everything from school board issues, local elections and union disputes to high-profile stories like Paul Simon's arrest, the sale of Huguette Clark's famously empty mansion and a tribute to then-CBS News veterans Jeff Fager and Bob Schieffer.
After that, I worked as a crime reporter at the News-Times, Hearst's daily newspaper covering more than a dozen towns and cities in the Greater Danbury area. I simultaneously covered the town of Bethel and produced online content for the website and social media every morning. The stories I covered during my time there include a steroid trafficking ring led by a Newtown police sergeant and the trial of a police officer charged with assaulting an undocumented immigrant.
In 2016, I began covering education, among other beats, for the Stamford Advocate. I wrote about charter schools, teacher diversity and a lawsuit involving the demolition of a house after a deadly fire, for instance. I also gave a live interview to BBC Radio following a story I wrote about a couple who drew international attention for refusing to erase a racist slur that was spray painted on their garage door. Still at the Advocate, I helped cover the brutal murder of a local man in a posh Manhattan apartment.
More recently, as part of my master's program, I worked with the Dutch news startup De Correspondent. Through user testing and design strategies, my classmates and I advised the team as it prepared to launch a global crowdfunding campaign to start an English-language website. The Correspondent successfully hit its $2.5 million goal in December 2018 and it will launch sometime in 2019.
While at NYU, I worked with the Latin American News Dispatch, a campus-based independent publication covering Latin American and Caribbean issues. In the first half of 2018, I was a writer and editor for the site's newsletter, Today in Latin America, which is republished by NPR's Latino USA. In the second half I focused on growing the Dispatch's social media audience and newsletter subscribers.
I'm a news nerd and social media devotee, but I also (try to) have a social life: I love running, traveling, classic rock, French roast coffee, cheese and IPAs.