Brazil, a country that throughout its history has been inwardly focused, is gaining dramatically in international prominence despite a vast divide between rich and poor that has spilled over into mass protests. Global sporting events, lucrative industries such as oil and agriculture, and the colorful cultural aspects for which it is famous make Brazil a unique world player. Yet education, health care and the economic difficulties of daily living are issues of consternation to its people.
What is Brazil really like? Business journalism students of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication spent two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis and Sao Paulo to develop their own vision of what drives this intriguing country. This is the fourth year of the course International Business Journalism taught overseas by Andrew Leckey, president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. Taylor Barnes, a Portuguese-speaking U.S. freelance journalist who is based in Rio, served as guide and advisor throughout the students’ Brazil sojourn.