The Writing and Journalism Workshop is one of the training activities of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences, which has as its general objective a critical understanding of issues and problems relating to information and the current development of the media.
As part of this course, the workshop aims to provide direct experience of contemporary journalistic work through the creation of a simulated newsroom. Organised in groups, students will be able to put into practice the theoretical notions acquired and use case studies to design and produce news articles, surveys, reports, interviews and reviews. The workshop will also enable them to interact with professionals in the sector who will be invited to discuss specific topics in depth.
At the end of the workshop students will have acquired the necessary basis to critically evaluate information and sources, and to produce journalistic materials of different types.

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Alongside an overview of the key elements of contemporary journalism, the programme envisages the formation of working groups dedicated to the three topics on which the workshop focuses most specifically: 1) Mafias; 2) New beliefs; 3) Respect, fairness, censorship, self-censorship.

1) Facts and news (definitions, examples); newsworthiness; construction of the news
2) Speed and duration: hard, soft, breaking, slow
3) Multiplication of sources and verification tools, rights and duties of journalists
4) Investigation and reportage
5) The interview
6) Around and beyond current affairs. Comments, columns, reviews
7) Forms and styles of written journalism (paper and web)
8) Journalism through images (photo, video, instagram)
9) Journalism through voice (podcast, audioseries, radio)
10) Collective analysis of group final papers (mafias)
11) Collective analysis of final group papers (New beliefs)
12) Collective analysis of final group papers (Respect, fairness, censorship, self-censorship)

Core Documentation

Each student should choose one topic from the three proposed and read the two books indicated for that topic:

1 Mafias
Gabriele Santoro, La scoperta di Cosa nostra, Chiarelettere 2020
Antonio Talia, Statale 106. Viaggio sulle strade segrete della ‘ndrangheta, minimum fax 2019

2 New beliefs
Graziano Graziani, Catalogo delle religioni nuovissime, Quodliber 2018
Flavia Piccinni e Carmine Gazzanni, Nella setta, Fandango 2018

3 Respect, fairness, censorship, self-censorship
Lisa Parola, Giù i monumenti? Una questione aperta, Einaudi 2022
Costanza Rizzacasa, Scorrettissimi. La cancel culture nella cultura americana, Laterza 2022

Reference Bibliography

- Claudio Giunta, Come non scrivere, Utet 2018 Further recommended reading: - Nanni Balestrini, Sandokan. Storia di camorra, DeriveApprodi 2009 - Lawrence Wright, La prigione della fede. Scientology a Hollywood, Adelphi 2015 - Non si può più dire niente. 14 punti di vista su politicamente corretto e cancel culture, Utet 2022

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Type of evaluation

The assessment of proficiency will be in itinere, i.e. it will be based on the group exercises carried out during the course and the final papers, also in group, in the form of a journalistic product.