Eighteen months ago, a small team of Brazilian journalists and designers set out to create an independent journalism platform. At a time when it is increasingly important to provide platforms for diverse voices, we firmly believed that translating the complexities of Brazil, from the perspective of Brazilians, was a necessary step in helping the rest of the world untangle our country.
And the last eighteen months provided no shortage of opportunities for us do so. Between the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the Olympic Games, Operation Car Wash, and the ongoing scandals threatening the current administration, our journalists and contributors worked around the clock to provide insight into Brazil’s political, cultural, and economic climate. Nearly two million of you joined us on our journey.
Yet the digital journalism landscape remains as tough as ever, especially for smaller players like plus55. And we have failed to come up with a sustainable revenue model to continue our operations.
It is therefore with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to close plus55. The closure will be effective on July 31st. We are proud of the community we have built together; the successes we’ve had over the last eighteen months would not have been possible without our contributors, our partners, and, of course, you, our readers, without whom this project would not exist.
Thank you to everyone who believed in our team, who supported us, commented, shared. Your feedback helped us shape plus55, and we are grateful to you all.
We appreciate all that our readers have contributed to our community. It has been our privilege to serve you.
The plus55 team