The course aims to provide students with the fundamental tools to know and do news journalism today, from the role of the reporter to the contribution to investigations, up to research tools. Trainees will then be able to
- Learn how to construct an investigative enquiry
- Learning methods for researching sources, access to databases, relations with press offices, new media resources
- Compare the right and duty of freedom of information in Italy and in the major western countries
- Equip themselves with fact-checking tools in the age of disinformation and post-truths
- Challenge themselves with classroom exercises
- Meet reporters specialising in news (crime, legal, pink, sports, the evolution of reporting in emergencies, from terrorism to health and environmental crises).


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Mutuazione: 20710737 LABORATORIO DI GIORNALISMO DI CRONACA - LM in Informazione, editoria, giornalismo LM-19 Delsere Laura


The course aims to explore the history and present of news journalism today, its role in society and in shaping public opinion, against the backdrop of a growing tendency towards manipulation of the news, as well as the role of the publishing market in the drift of journalistic storytelling towards the 'infotainment'.

Stories of of enquiries and investigative journalists in Italy and abroad will be retraced, exploring their role today between limits, growing threats and new opportunities; the contribution to investigations, the selection of sources; interlocutors and research tools on the ground and online, Italian and EU databases, access rights to institutional data (Foia and similar).

We will talk about resources from datajournalism, social media, and the implications of artificial intelligence on content production and consumption, between the digital revolution and the crisis of journalism.

A focus will be devoted to the anomalous role and space reserved to news in Italian news, the function of these editorial choices, between audience and censorship, the comparison with the market and the consumption of information in advanced democracies. We will also analyse investigative journalism and big news in the perspective of our republican history: from the role of the mafias to the 'strategia della tensione', from the omnipresence of the 'Italian mysteries' to the role of memory between newsroom and civil conscience.

Elements will be provided on the communication of public institutions, major private companies and advertisers, the role of press offices, corporate communication and crisis management, up to indirect lobbying.
The interaction of news with religious denominations will be examined (from Vatican information to relations with the Jewish community, Islamic and other associations), as well as the issue of secularism.

The evolution of the right to report news will be covered: Italian ethical documents (minors, hate speech, migration, feminicides, gender equality) and EU regulations, protection of sources and whistleblowing, privacy and information rights, publication of wiretaps and press offences, threats to reporters, as well as some of the tools for verifying and debunking news, in the era of conspiracy and online disinformation.

The workshop will allow students to measure themselves directly with the reconstruction of case studies and the writing of texts for the various media: from the big news to the evolution of breaking news (environmental emergencies, health, terrorism, climate change), up to current affairs pages (mafias, crime, white news and constructive journalism, judiciary, gossip, sport), examining styles, languages and stereotypes.

Type of delivery of the course

Attendance at classes is compulsory. Classes will be held in person, but online 'distance' participation and interaction will also be organised for all students who fall below the maximum number of people allowed in the classroom, due to safety regulations in this pandemic period.

Type of evaluation

Tests will be organised during the workshop. Attendance and active participation in the lessons will be essential. Video recordings of the lectures are available on the university's Teams web platform.