Communications– a worldwide concept?

In Italian Media, Uncategorized on May 14, 2012 at 12:28 am

We didn’t get to see much of the campus, but AUR or the American University of Rome is a tiny college with 60 percent study abroad students. We got there by bus early this morning to hear from two professors on media topics.  Before the lectures began an Italian Teacher named Jenny told us a little bit about the institution and her own background. Listening to her travel through academia and her passion for Rome and for learning was really encouraging and exciting. One part of this trip which really sticks out is all of the different perspectives of education and media. Jenny talked about the style of teaching in Italian Universities (mainly lectures) versus the American style or small class size structure.

The first lecture that we heard was from Prof. James Walston who discussed what qualified as news in Italy and where Italians mainly get their news. I learned about how the news in this country is never explicitly censored, but journalists often feel some sort of pressure or better phrased– obligation to their company. There are three public broadcasting channels on RYE. The first was the christian democratic channel later followed by the socialist channel. In the 1970s as the Communists grew to be a bigger part of the government and began RYE 3.

The newspapers in Italy are mainly associated with a political party or interest group and recieve some sort of government funding. This is really different than at home.

The second lecture that we heard was about the Amanda Knox trial, which we had already learned some about before going. It was crazy to try to follow all of the details of that experience but during the process I learned that Halloween is not really recognized as a holiday or a big deal in Italy and I think that is sad. I also saw the importance of headlines. A lot of newspaper coverage in 2007 and 2008 painted a picture of Knox using the words and descriptions in headlines. Different cultures can make different uses out of them and as we saw in the lecture, they can change the impact of news output.

I was then so content on a bus ride out to Sky Italia, the TV headquarters. We watched villas and a road that eventually leads to France pass by us as we drove and met some really cool journalists there. As we were walking in a live broadcast about the loss of German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in progress. I was surprised by all of the production action and movement in the studio going on during the live broadcast.

I did learn that Sky Italia has reporters and correspondents in Cairo, the US, Brussels, Tokyo and others. It is amazing how connected European stations seem to be and the way in which they cover such a broad range of international news and politics. This seems to be really important, especially in the EU, because of the inter-connectivity of the global world and economy. It was no surprise to see the coverage of Germany too with the euroarea connection and financial troubles!

But the part of today which stuck out the most for me was meeting Alessandre, a journalist working for the foreign desk who can speak six languages. I can’t even imagine! I wish that I could speak that many languages, and I’ve had trouble just trying to communicate in Italian since we have been here. It seems to me that that is what communications as a profession is all about though. When asked what her favorite story to cover was, she responded going to the US to cover the Obama election. At first I was shocked by this. After thinking about it though it made sense that that was something I was used to always seeing coverage of. What I would have thought of as amazingly interesting is probably for her something she covers every single day. At any rate, visiting Sky Italia was a great experience and even more reinforced the need to know what is going on in the world globally and work interconnected as communicators and journalists get the news out.


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