In war and in peace: society and the media.
The course introduces students to the history of journalism in relation to the different political, social and technological contexts of the contemporary age. Main contents: freedom of the press and censorship; the figure of the war reporter; the information processes under world conflicts and totalitarianism; the role of tv in the cold war; freedom and information in the digital and multipolar era.
Gozzini G., Storia del giornalismo, Bruno Mondadori, 2011.
Murialdi P., Storia del giornalismo italiano. Dalle Gazzette a Internet, il Mulino, 2014;
Bergamini O., Specchi di guerra. Giornalismo e conflitti armati da Napoleone a oggi, Laterza, 2009.
"Problemi dell'informazione" 1976-
Researches and Reports of the International Press Institute; the European Centre for Press and Freedom; Ossigeno per l'Informazione; Reporters without borders.
KNOWLEDGE: organisation and role of the media in different contexts, impact of technologies on freedom and the right to information in times of war and peace.
SKILLS: to interpret the contexts in which operators and media operate; to acquire specific terminology; to develop the ability to relate different phenomena and read critically journalistic sources.
Basic knowledge of Contemporary history (XIX and XX centuries)
Frontal teaching (36 hours) and Moodle Platform.
Exercises and discussion groups on readings that will be made available in advance by the teacher.
Students are required to register at the beginning of the course.
Type of Assessment
Oral exam (for students unable to attend classes and exchange students on the Erasmus program and the like, too) .
1 A textbook (Gozzini G., Storia del giornalismo, Bruno Mondadori, 2011 or
Murialdi P., Storia del giornalismo italiano. Dalle Gazzette a Internet, il Mulino, 2014 or Bergamini O., Specchi di guerra. Giornalismo e conflitti armati da Napoleone a oggi, Laterza, 2009)
2 Selected reports, war correspondences and specific essays on which students are required to organize individual presentations in the classroom that are part of the final evaluation. Guidelines during the lessons will be provided on the format of the exercises.
The questions of the oral exam will be aimed at verifying a) knowledge of periodizations and historical processes b) ability to express themselves with appropriate terminology c) ability to read critically journalistic sources.
n war and in peace: society and the media.
Part no. 1
Introduction to the periods and sources of the history of journalism, press freedom and censorship between the modern and contemporary ages. Analysis of changes in the relationship between journalism and conflicts between XIX and XX century through specific case studies (Napoleonic campaigns, Crimea, American Civil war, Japanese Russian war, First World War).
The role of the mass media under totalitarianism and during the Cold war
The impact of new technologies, the relationship between freedom and information in the digital and multipolar age.
Part no. 2
Laboratory activities based on report on selected (reports, war correspondences and specific essays) performed by the students. During the lessons guidelines will be provided on the format of the report.