Hi Coral people!
My name is Pedro Burgos and I've been obsessing with comments/community discussions/conversations or whatever you may call it for many years. I recently graduated from CUNY J-School with a masters in Social Journalism and spent a lot of time researching about comments -- more about my experience here.
Since at least when I was the Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo Brasil (from 2008 to 2012), I dealt with (and wrote) thousands of comments. I went through all the phases of the relationship: I embraced comments, then got addicted, then angry with "stupid people", then too nervous about online harassment, finally shut down comments sections in some sites that I managed, to where I am right now: thinking that comments are really important, and can be great, if we understand/manage them better and do something in return to the community. I wrote mode about this idea on Medium
I've been living in New York for a year now – I'm from Brasilia, Brazil. Right now I'm an audience intern at The Marshall Project, where I try to be the bridge between the audience and the newsroom. Besides helping to manage social media channels, I forward tweets and emails, highlight insightful comments and curate some of our discussions, like Reddit IAmAs.
I'm not sure why it took so long for me to join this group! I already talked in person with some of the smart people here, specially @andrew_coral, who helped me a lot in this journey. I hope I can continue to learn here in this community and offer some insight with my own research and projects.