|The men and women behind the Brazilian community blog Catraca Livre.|
By Cláudia Silva
The Brazilian blog Catraca Livre, which means “Open Turnstile,” is among the finalists for the best blog in Portuguese presented by The BOBs—Deutsche Welle Blog Awards.
Launched by Gilberto Dimenstein, a well-known journalist in Brazil, Catraca Livre is a project of community journalism, which informs people about free services and cultural/entertainment events in São Paulo, the seventh most populous city in the world.
Although Catraca Livre has a special focus on culture, the blog also addresses other free services and bargains, ranging from education to entrepreneurship. The special structure of this project is based on the community.