Bruno Torturra worked for 11 years at Trip Magazine as music editor, reporter at large, international correspondent and, before leaving, as editor-in-chief. For several years developed series or articles on altered states of consciousness and emergent political movements around the world. He has written and photographed as freelancer for numerous outlets in Brazil and abroad. In early 2011, he made the first livestream of a street protest in Latin America. Following that experience, he created and organized “PosTV”, a national, decentralized and experimental network of streamers. Bruno anchored and created several different webshows, mostly covering politics, human rights, and drug policy.
At the end of 2012, he created and started to develop Mídia Ninja, a collaborative journalism network. Launched in March of 2013, live-streaming the World Social Forum in Tunis, the group gained large national and international audiences during the coverage of the mass protests that erupted in Brazil in June 2013. Mídia Ninja became a journalism phenomenon, a spark that heated debate around the country on the nature and roll of Brazilian media. After establishing Mídia Ninja with more than 600 young journalists enlisted, Bruno left the group to create a new project: Estúdio Fluxo, a newsroom dedicated to experiments in journalism, both in formats and business models. Estúdio Fluxo is often awarded and regarded as one of the most innovative initiatives in Brazilian media landscape. And, through Fluxo, Bruno is currently involved in a comprehensive research on algorithms, coding, and new financial and editorial paradigms to a sustainable press.
As activist, Bruno helped to organize protests, occupations, and public assemblies in 2011 and 2012 in response to police violence and free speech restrictions. Since 2005, he has worked with many organizations and political groups to advance drug policy reform. He is founding member of Rede Pense Livre (an eclectic group of public figures defending the legalization of drugs), founding member of the Brazilian Platform of Drug Policy and founding member of “Plantando Consciência”, the first scientific association dedicated to psychedelic research in Brazil. Is also vice president of the City of São Paulo’s Council for Drug Policy, helping to create harm reduction programs. He is a member of the executive council of Brazilian Human Rights Fund.
As speaker and debater, Bruno is often enlisted in forums and events on journalism, drug policy, human rights and cyber-culture in Brazil and abroad. In October 2014, he was a TED Global speaker talking about the role of live streaming and hyper-connectivity on transforming political debate.