TECHNIQUES OF PUBBLISHING INDUSTRY (WITH WORKSHOP)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding: The teaching of Tecniche di Editoria will enable students to critically analyze journalistic activity - even through new media - and to learn the basics and main styles of today journalism in the more general context of the Italian publishing system.. This knowledge will be acquired through targeted educational tools - lectures, case studies, essays, articles, and bibliography - and will be screened with an oral exam.
Applying knowledge and understanding: The study of journalistic communication techniques and main styles used by current and past journalism - also taking into account tv and new media techniques - should allow students to learn the practical basis of journalism. This knowledge should give the student the ability to place Italian journalism within the more general system of Italian publishing.
Making judgments: At the end of the course, students, based on theoretical, practical and lingustical knowledge acquired, should have acquired the ability to analyze the communication strategies of journalism, and to make independent judgments.
Communication skills: At the end of the course, students should have achieved the ability to analyze clearly the communication strategies of journalism and be able to argue about them in a scientifically appropriate mode. Also, if aided by a targeted training, should be able to master the main styles of journalism writing and produce correct work from the journalistic point of view.
Learning skills: Students should have gained a capacity for analysis and methodology to be used in practice in the field of journalism and be thorough - and expanded -, on their own, either from additional theoretical contributions, and thanks to new data collected in the field.
It is desirable, in order to access the course, a basic understanding of the history of journalism and publishing.
Course contents summary
Corso di Tecniche di Editoria
Course title: "Journalism and publishing looking for a new model (including business model)
The course will cover the role and importance of journalism within the wider Italian publishing system. In particular, the new journalistic genres (data journalism, explicatory journalism, citizen journalism and more generally the attention to user generated content) and the new stylistic-formal modes of online journalism, such as liveblogging. Part of the course will also cover new ways of disseminating content through social networks, as the home page of online newspapers is now less and less important. Particular attention will be given to the topic of "fake news" and its dissemination. Another topic will be the development of different systems of journalism (i.e information distribution), such as WikiLeaks that escape the ethics of traditional journalism. Finally I will try to outline the difficult economic moment of the publishing world still looking for a valid business model for online, while the old paper-based model is at the end of its life cycle. Part of the course will, of course, also cover the general theoretical framework on journalism. The workshops will be held by Professor Alberto Conforti
The bibliography includes the following texts
1) Sergio Splendore "GIornalismo ibrido. Come cambia la cultura giornalistica italiana", Carrocci, Roma, 2017
2) Philip Di Salvo "Leaks, Whistleblowingw hacking nell'età senza segreti", Luiss University Press, Roma, 2019
3) Giuseppe Riva "Fake News. Vivere e sopravvivere in un mondo post verità", il Mulino, Bologna,2018
The teaching consists of lectures with the use of multimedia tools. In order to encourage student workers (who have always problems in frequency) I will use, as every year, a site - https://giornalismoparma.typepad.com/tecnichedieditoria/ - with the summary of my lectures and in-depth material.
Assessment methods and criteria