FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
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Brooklyn, N.Y. — The OptOut Media Foundation is pleased to announce the hire of Amanda Magnani as its new climate editor.
Magnani is a Brazilian journalist and photographer focused on social and environmental issues. After living in seven countries, she returned to Brazil to dedicate herself to documenting the diverse realities that make up her homeland. She approaches her work with a decolonial perspective, and she always seeks to collaborate with the subjects of the narrative. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Al Jazeera, The New Humanitarian, BBC Brasil, and Folha de São Pualo, among other publications.
OptOut Climate was the organization's first vertical, meant to elevate financially independent news content about the climate, the environment, and energy, offering news consumers a media ecosystem free from the conflicts of interest and fossil fuel advertising that plague corporate and legacy climate media. The OptOut Media Foundation thanks its founding editor, Cristian Salazar, who built the program and recruited more than one dozen climate-focused news outlets for the network.
OptOut network members that cover climate issues include Currently, Drilled, Earth Island Journal, Grist, Heated, High Country News, and The Narwhal.
Magnani is a master in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus University, the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and Charles University, and a specialist in Public Policy and Gender Justice from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. In 2021, she was awarded Climate Tracker’s Online Climate Justice Fellowship to report on COP26 and was selected to be a part of the Solutions Journalism Network mentorship cohort.
"We are thrilled to bring on Amanda and her talent, perspective, passion, and creativity," said OptOut Media Foundation co-founder and Executive Director Alex Kotch. "I have no doubt that she will do great things for OptOut Climate and independent climate journalism in general."
Earlier this year, Magnani received a grant from the Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund to develop her project, “Seeds for a sustainable future: Hyperlocal solutions from the Indigenous communities of Serra de Lua," a multimedia project that will document how Wapixana and Macuxi people in Roraima, Brazil, embrace their ancestry by protecting the future of the Amazon forest.
“I’m excited and honored to be the new climate editor at OptOut News," said Magnani. "I definitely have big shoes to fill after Cristian, who became a really good friend over the past months, but I definitely feel up for the challenge!
"I love the idea of working alongside so many amazing independent outlets that share our values and mission," she said. "But I also love the idea of shaking things up and bringing our audience a Global South perspective. The word that guides me is community, so be ready to walk with me every step of the way as we build this one together.”
The OptOut Media Foundation (EIN: 85-2348079) is a nonprofit charity with a mission to educate the public about current events and help sustain a diverse media ecosystem by promoting and assisting independent news outlets and, in doing so, advance democracy and social justice.