The students will be able to write different kind of texts observing predetermined lenght and fixed patterns. Using a wealth of contemporary case studies, students are taught how the language of journalism works - its power, its function and its effects. The student should be able to analyze the texts under consideration, at all their linguistic levels, and single out those elements which are the most innovative, by knowing how to catalogue them.
Course contents summary
This academic course, whose goal is making the knowledge of journalism language deeper, focuses on the following points: italian language features, newspaper structure (format, lay-out, titles, images), various kinds of text (more specifically editorial, review, short article), subject-matter sections, special languages (sport, politics, finance, fashion).
Riccardo Gualdo, L’italiano dei giornali, Roma, Carocci, 2007; Anna Maria Lorusso e Patrizia Violi, Semiotica del testo giornalistico, Bari, Laterza, 2011; Giuseppe Antonelli, L’italiano nella società della comunicazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.
Frontal lessons and exercitations (examination of several important textes written by very important journalist, and production of different texts, observing predetermined lenght and fixed patterns).
Assessment methods and criteria
Assessment will be by written exam (the re-working of data collected in the course of the research) and by an oral exam on secondary readings. The student should achieve the passing score when he proves to know the differt kind of lenguage and to own the skills necessary for effective writing (including usage, mechanics, sentence structure, logic, organization, and style, as well as other rhetorical strategies).