JOURNALISM AND PUBLISHING CULTURE
3 places available for non UE citizens, including 1 places reserved for Chinese citizen
Profile of the programme
The Second Cycle Degree in Journalism and Publishing Culture, class LM/19 (Information and Publishing Systems), is designed to offer students the possibility of developing critical tools and gaining the necessary knowledge and skills for working in all the branches of information and publishing sectors. For this reason, the course combines a solid cultural foundation not only with in-depth knowledge of the techniques and methodologies of information systems, but also with the skills to conceive and design multimedia products and meet the management and organizational requirements of newspaper and publishing companies. Such skills are gained through professionalizing teachings (such as Journalistic and Advertising Communication, Information Technology applied to Journalism, Theory and Techniques of Journalistic Language, Journalistic Language, Sociology of Journalism) set within a wider and culturally rich framework based on literary, political, historical and artistic studies. The acquisition of expertise in journalistic and publishing techniques and tools is therefore supported and completed by gaining, on the one hand, the necessary knowledge about communication in general and the fundamental writing skills, with reference to different literary traditions, various types of essay and non-fiction writing; on the other hand, expertise is enhanced by the acquisition of a critical awareness of the historical, artistic, political and social roots that make up the world of contemporary culture. In order to complete and enrich the students’ educational path, the course includes conferences, meetings and debates with representatives from the world of journalism, politics, culture and publishing and with experts from private companies and public organizations in the communication sector.
Admission to the Second Cycle Degree Course in Journalism and Publishing Culture requires possession of a first cycle degree or a valid certificate obtained abroad and recognised as an equivalent qualification according to current legislation; prior knowledge and competences in the related area of study are other necessary pre-requisites for entering the course and successfully accessing to future professions. The requested number of credits, the scientific-disciplinary sectors and the modalities of testing the applicant’s qualifications and personal preparation are illustrated in the Didactic Regulations of the Course.
Key learning outcomes
Graduates from the Second Cycle Degree Course in Journalism and Publishing Culture, class LM/19 (Information and Publishing Systems) will be able to work in all branches of the information and publishing sectors, thanks to the acquisition of a solid cultural foundation combined with in-depth knowledge of the techniques and methodologies of the information systems as well as with the skills to conceive and design multimedia products and meet the management and organizational requirements of newspaper and publishing companies.
The course curriculum is based on literary, historic and artistic subjects. The subjects of the course correspond to 6 credits each and belong to the following groups: L-FIL-LET/10: Italian Literature, L-FIL-LET/11: Contemporary Italian Literature, M-STO/04: Contemporary History, L-ART/06: Cinema, Photography, Television and L-ART/07: Musicology and History of Music. The general aim is to equip graduates with a distinctive cultural background conceived as the completion of previous studies in the related fields: students enrolling to the Second Cycle Degree Course in Journalism and Publishing Culture must already possess a considerable number of credits in the basic institutional disciplines of this area, in order to deal with the specialized and advanced competences provided by the course.
Journalistic skills are achieved through subjects belonging to groups SPS/08 and SPS/07, such as Journalistic and Advertising Communication, Information Technology applied to Journalism, Theories and Techniques of the Journalistic Language, Sociology of Journalism; such skills must be complemented by indispensable writing abilities, especially enhanced through subject group L-FIL-LET/12 with specific lectures dedicated to Journalistic Language; precious support is also given by group L-FIL-LET/10 through subjects like Literary Essay Writing, which focus on theoretical-historical description of the various approaches and typologies of critical essay writing (with practical tests of essay writing at various levels and for various audiences). Part of the course concentrates on the acquisition of skills concerning the dynamics of textualization of new media (web, digital TV, telephone etc.), achieved through subjects such as Theories and Techniques of Journalistic Language (Journalism Laboratory and New Media Journalism), Information Technology applied to Journalism and competences in general communication matters (Sociology of Cultural and Communicational Processes) and specific political communication (Sociology of Political and Environmental Communication; History of European Political Doctrines).
The necessary competences for the publishing sector are acquired through group M-STO/08, offering subjects like History of Publishing, Fundamentals in Science of Information and Documentation. Students willing to achieve management skills can add to their study curriculum a number of exams in related economic (with reference to subject groups SECS-P/02, SECS-P/07) or juridical disciplines (Law in the Information Sector).
In order to complete and enrich the whole programme, the course organises conferences, meetings and debates with specialists from the worlds of publishing, journalism, politics, economics and culture as well as with communication experts from private companies and public bodies.
Since academic year 2013/2014, the course has created a “Thesis writing laboratory” organised by professors and collaborators of the course. It is generally scheduled in September/October. Furthermore, from the academic year 2014/2015 the course will create a new laboratory of journalism in available structures of the university, where students will attend frontal lectures (corresponding to 2 credits) by part-time tutors and will experience journalism staff-working for the University newspaper, valid as a formative internship.
Final examination, if any
The final examination includes the presentation and the discussion of an original dissertation, showing the solid methodological competences acquired by the student and his/her autonomous capacity of research in one of the scientific-disciplinary fields of the course.
The final mark, expressed out of 110, results from the average mark obtained from the whole career, the evaluation of the dissertation by the supervisor and the assistant supervisor and the candidate’s performance in the debate with the commission. The commission will also take into account the competences demonstrated by the candidate, especially his/her capacity of applying the knowledge acquired and of understanding and explaining the subject of the thesis, his/her autonomy of judgment and dialectic and communicative skills. The specific modalities and further characteristics of the final examination are illustrated in the Course Regulations.